I first rode a horse at the age of eight. He was a palomino Quarter Horse, and it was love at first sight. Horses were to become a very important part of my life, although I never could have imagined, at the time, how much God would teach me about Himself and my relationship to Him through these wonderful animals.
The Sonrise Stable series combines my love of God and horses in stories designed to help children learn more about both.
I have been blessed with three daughters and homeschooled each through high school. I enjoy trail riding, hiking, photography, and playing guitar. I work from home as a web designer and computer programmer and enjoy the variety and flexibility that allows.
What is unique about the Sonrise Stable series?
I began to notice a trend in children's books when my daughters were young. Suddenly children had become smarter than their parents and were able to handle all their problems on their own. In fact, often the parents were barely present at all. The Sonrise Stable books buck that trend, returning to good old-fashioned values. The children in the series are not perfect, but are respectful to their parents and get along with their siblings and other relatives. The main characters in the stories are homeschooled. Lots of realistic horse experiences and information are presented in each book. While not overly preachy, Scriptural themes are clearly present. I like to say that the series is a combination of The Waltons, Grandma's Attic, and Black Beauty!
What motivated you to write the Sonrise Stable series?
When my daughters were young, they enjoyed reading horse books. After exhausting all the excellent Marguerite Henry titles, it seemed there was a lack of quality horse books for children, and none that I knew of had strong Christian themes. I was a aware of a couple horse trainers at that time that were using horses to convey Christian principles to an adult audience. Through their influence, I started the Christian Cowgirl Club where my daughters and I invited girls over during the summer to learn about God and to work with our horses. Just as Jesus often taught by using everyday things in the form of visual object lessons, I realized that many Scriptural lessons could be taught to children in an understandable and memorable way through stories about horses.
While learning to ride at Sonrise Stable, nine-year-old Rosie dreams of the horse shows she will win with her pony, Jet. Two years later, nothing is exactly the way Rosie planned it—she's riding a new pony, Scamper, and learning that life isn't always easy. But it's as Rosie reaches out to the new girl next door that she truly begins to see that God works all things together for good in our lives.