Episode 122: On Writing Thousand Word Stories, Magical Moments & Realizing Dreams with Kathy Simmers (Equestrian Author Spotlight Podcast)
Episode 122: 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 author Kathy Simmers and hear the inspiring true story behind her book Jump the Moon. Saddle up for a conversation about magical moments, leaning into the pursuit of a dream, writing strong stories in a thousand words, and building intuition through horses.
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About Author Kathy Simmers
Kathy dreamed of living on horse farm as long as she can remember. She didn’t grow up in a horse family, so as a child horse related opportunities often amounted to pony rides at a local fair or even the mechanical horse at the grocery store. Saturday morning TV with Roy Rogers, Fury and My Friend Flicka was the highlight of her week. And of course she coveted any horse book she could get her hands on, Black Beauty, Misty of Chicoteague, The Black Stallion.
At twelve years old she started taking riding lessons and at nineteen she bought her first horse. That experience with Sinbad, a testy bay gelding, was as magical as she expected and she thought she was well on her way to the farm she always dreamed of, but life had other plans. When Kathy found herself a single mom of two and was forced to rehome her heart horse and put her horse farm dream on the shelf.
Horses came back into her life when her daughter started riding at the age of 12 with Merilee Ventura of ByWay Farms, the same trainer that Kathy had ridden with herself all those years ago.
About Jump the Moon by Kathy Simmers
Jump the Moon, Kathy’s first children’s book is based on the true story of her daughter (the girl with the long blonde hair) and the unbelievable bond she developed with her pony (Me Too).
Witnessing their story was initially exciting, at times heartbreaking and ultimately one of the most inspiring experiences she has ever known. It was so inspiring in fact that it is why today Kathy lives in North Carolina on the horse farm that she always dreamed of, where she is currently working on her second book.
She hopes that by sharing Jump the Moon readers will learn the importance of trusting your heart, following your dreams and never putting limits on what is possible.
Coming Soon! Posey's Problem by Kathy Simmers
In their newest collaboration, Marjorie van Heerden's beautiful illustrations bring to life this delightful story by Kathy Simmers, author of Jump the Moon.
Posey is a show pony who has a big problem. No matter how hard she works, no matter how many times she wins or how much she loves her kids, the problem will always be there. Yet despite her problem, Posey continues to do everything with her whole heart.
Posey is a champion through and through, and her story comes with powerful lessons about persevering through change, keeping your heart open, and the enduring power of love.
Posey's Problem is a heartwarming true story about the bond between a girl and her pony that will teach readers, young and old, about the importance of trusting your heart, following your dreams, and never putting limits on what is possible.
Learn more about Kathy Simmers and her books at https://www.readjumpthemoon.com/
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About Host & Author Carly Kade
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!
Carly writes her novels with horse lovers in mind, no matter which discipline they ride. The horses are as vital to moving the story forward as the human characters are.
These books are the perfect escape for equestrians who love settling down with a good book at the beach, in the tub, or in bed after a day of horseback riding.
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Books by Carly Kade
Carly Kade writes for anyone who loves horses, handsome cowboys and a great romance. Creative writing about horses makes her spurs jingle!
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