Episode 109: On Travel Writing, Salvation in Nature & Romancing the Soul with Linda Ballou (Equestrian Author Spotlight Podcast)
Episode 109: Welcome to the Equestrian Author Spotlight podcast! In each episode, you’ll hear inspirational stories from horse book authors, including writing advice and marketing tips to help you write your own horse book. If you are an author, aspire to be an author, or simply love horse books, then you are in the right place!
In this episode, you'll meet Linda Ballou, author of the horse books Cowgirl Jumped Over the Moon and Embrace of the Wild.
Saddle up for a conversation about travel writing, finding salvation in nature, and romancing the soul. Linda shares her love of travel, horses and writing while taking us on an epic journey from the volcanoes of Hawaii to the majestic mountains of Colorado.
She discusses her newest book, Embrace of the Wild, a work of historical fiction about Isabella Bird, a dynamic woman, equestrian, and British explorer in the nineteenth century, who pushed the boundaries of what was expected of women in her time.
This interview will inspire you to appreciate the powerful women who paved the way for the modern woman, take the trip that's calling you, notice nature's bounty, and put pen to paper. Linda urges us to remember to take time for romancing our souls along the way.
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About Linda Ballou
Nothing pleases adventure-travel writer, Linda Ballou, more than seeing gorgeous country from the back of a good horse. Her articles have appeared in EQUUS, Horse Illustrated, California Riding Magazine, and numerous travel publications.
Lost Angel Walk-About is a collection of travel essays about her most meaningful adventures. Her novel The Cowgirl Jumped Over the Moon takes you from the Grand Prix jumping circuit to the high Sierras. This story was the Founder's Choice at the EQUUS Film Fest in 2017.
Her latest release Embrace of the Wild, inspired by the life of equestrian explorer Isabella Bird, takes you to the life-affirming Hawaiian Islands and on to the majesty of the Rocky Mountains.
The "Year of the Virus" was a golden opportunity for Linda to write the story of this incredible woman who broke through social and physical barriers to become the best-loved travel writer of her time. (1831-1904). Linda identified strongly with this woman who became the best-loved travel writer of her day and was determined to share her story.
In research for her first novel, Wai-nani: A Voice from Old Hawai'i, Linda used Miss Bird's book Six Months in the Sandwich Islands (1873) for vivid details of the Hawaiian Islands. Wai-nani is inspired by the life of Ka'ahumanu, the favorite wife of Kamehameha the Great. It is a poetic rendering of the people of old.
Linda resides in the heart of the Santa Monica Mountains in Southern California. She loves exploring the California coast and shares her favorite day trips in her guidebook Lost Angel in Paradise.
Connect with Linda Ballou
Psst ... Visit Linda's travel website (www.LostAngelAdventures.com) for coupons redeemable for a free audio book of Lost Angel Walkabout, which features several horse adventures in the travel essay collection.
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Carly Kade is an award-winning author, horse owner, creativity coach, and the host of the Equestrian Author Spotlight Podcast. She helps fellow writers start, grow, and expand their author careers. Creative writing makes her spurs jingle!
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