BJ Hobbsen

Biography

BJ Hobbsen dedicates her life to the rescue of animals. All funds raised by the Godsteed series are donated to animal rescue projects worldwide, including Prince Fluffy Kareem, Horse Assist, Last Chance Horses and Bogan Farm Horse Haven. Her writing reflects her passion for horses, swordplay and all things medieval.

Smashwords Interview

What is your writing process?
Totally random. With the Godsteed trilogy I wrote the end first, then the birth of the foal, which is obviously the beginning. Then I had to write a story that got me from the beginning to the end. I started with a core group of characters who I knew I wanted in the story. Originally, Sihan's character was a female, but very quickly changed to a male as it worked better for the story and the realism I wanted. I wrote conversations for the characters with just dialogue. I envisioned scenes and wrote them down, often on scraps of paper or anything handy. The plot was either unknown or extremely fluid for a long time. The first version was one standalone book, but after a manuscript assessment stated it would be better as a trilogy, I broke it up and expanded the character list and characterisations. Jaien originally first appeared in the third book, but his character was so fraught and intense, I just wanted more of him. He took over as a major character in all three books and his relationship to Sihan became the backbone arc of the trilogy and directly spawned two of the prequels. Sihan's friends were only added in the final draft, and made a huge difference to his characterisation, as well as to that of the other major characters who played off them. They were minor characters but had a huge impact. Tearza started as a semi-comedy character in early drafts but ended as a tragic character instead which greatly strengthened book 2. I had over 100 reviewers review chapters or the entire book, and their advice was invaluable. My writing is a lot stronger, thanks to them. BJ Alexander (Author of Whispers through the Aspens and Silent Hoofbeats) who died a few years ago, was an inspiration, and had great insight into how to improve characterisation and scene setting. Battle sequences and sword fights were my bane. At one point in the final battle I realised I had forgotten 5000 men, and had to rewrite the entire battle to include them. Their sequences were some of the best characterisations, but writing battles is a painful process for me. I had to do a lot of research into cavalry and medieval fighting and sieges. I hope it comes across well.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The Silver Brumby. I loved horses. Thowra was the greatest. Elyne Mitchell made that world real, and the horses real. She is my inspiration. I could "see" each scene. I cried at Yaraman's defeat and death. I rejoiced at Thowra "entering his kingdom" after he defeated the Brolga. That scene still sends shivers through me. I cried at Bel Bel's death and her leaving of Thowra after Yaraman's death. So many wonderful scenes. I wish I had the talent to equal Elyne Mitchell's storytelling.

Black Beauty. Ginger's death haunts me. That is why I do horse rescue or try to enable others doing horse rescue. I cry every time read that book. It tears me apart.
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Books

Godsteed Book 4 Dead Man's Race
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 109,910. Language: English. Published: December 18, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Swept away by an avalanche, the Queen of Mirador fights to survive in a kingdom torn apart by war. Abducted, press-ganged, shipwrecked and sold into slavery, can Orlanda find a way to escape, reverse a life-threatening curse placed upon her by a sorceress long since dead, and reclaim her throne?
Horse Lords of Senfar
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 134,680. Language: English. Published: August 21, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Heroes and horses, Sex, swords and sorcery! Who could ask for more!
Godsteed Book 3 Ascension
Series: GODSTEED. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 104,010. Language: English. Published: December 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Heroes and horses, sex, swords and sorcery: who could ask for more? Winner of the Blue Fringe Arts Festival Literary award. ‘This book soars in terms of being a fully-imagined fantasy.’
Godsteed Book 2 Darkness Before Death
Series: GODSTEED. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 93,000. Language: English. Published: December 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Heroes and horses, sex, swords and sorcery: who could ask for more? Winner of the Blue Fringe Arts Festival Literary award. ‘This is the type of book readers hope they’ll find when they go to a bookstore.’
Godsteed Book 1 Night of Wolves
Series: GODSTEED. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 170,940. Language: English. Published: December 23, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Heroes and horses, sex, swords and sorcery: who could ask for more? Winner of the Blue Fringe Arts Festival Literary award.

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