When I was younger, I made it a habit to read every book whose title slightly resembled anything from the equine world. It took me a while to discover there was a difference between Bridle and Bridal – I haven’t been a fan of rom-coms ever since! Like most horse-crazed girls, I read every famous… Continue reading Why I wrote Apley Towers.
In publishing there are occasional times where scenes are cut. Here’s an opportunity to see raw Apley text and a part of the characters you never got to see in the books. This extract has been taken from the original manuscript of book five: Bringing Out the Best. Phoenix and Arion fight. “Arion Reuben White… Continue reading Apley Towers Deleted Scenes.
In March 2010 the USA’s Winter Olympic team gathered at Squaw Valley, a mystical mountainous town worthy of a holiday greeting card, to celebrate their 37 medals. I was lucky enough to be sent there on a work assignment, acting as a PA to the organiser. Coming from a country which has no snow, my… Continue reading Horse Riding Bucket List: Misty Mountain Meandering
Do I remember the first book to teach me what I needed to know to begin writing more complex tales? Thankfully, I do. When Mary Lennox found a key and unlocked a secret garden, I was unlocked with it. Frances Hodgson Burnett was the author that lifted me onto her shoulders, and she used The… Continue reading The Books Which Make An Author (part two)
I don’t remember the first chapter book I ever read without help, but I do remember the situation which led to it. In grade three our class had an hour long lesson in the library once a week. If we wanted to we could take a book home until the next lesson. Most kids couldn’t… Continue reading The Books Which Make an Author (Part One)
When I was seven, my father and I journeyed deep into the South African Midlands to visit family I’d never met before. We were somehow connected through the British blood of our paternal grandmothers, but I never learned the exact relation. What I did learn about these relatives was the simple fact that in the… Continue reading Where Riding and Writing Merged
If you are going to write a bucket list of places to pleasure ride, be sure to include the African savannah. Sure, it might not look like much with its monochromatic colour scheme and trees with thorns so large they need their own West End show, but sitting on the back of a horse as… Continue reading Horse Riding Bucket List: Savannah