In this 38th Equestrian Author Spotlight, I talk with fellow equine author Angela Dorsey. Of course, we discuss the best topics on earth — writing, books and horses! In the interview, horse book lovers will learn what inspired her "Whinnies on the Wind" series. Angela's horse book series now includes NINE horse books. She has written a total of 34 books so far in her career and is now moving into the world of script writing. Happy reading!
About Equine Author Angela Dorsey
Angela Dorsey has been a professional writer for almost 20 years, and has over 3.5 million copies of her 34 novels translated in numerous languages by different publishers around the world. She also has feature and short screenplays written, short stories and poetry published in various lit magazines, and one lonely non-fiction book. Whenever she has a moment to spare, she both studies and teaches writing, plus does editing and mentoring for other writers.
Angela has a strong belief in following her passion to make a positive difference in the world, and does her best in her written works (and editing/mentoring) to encourage others to find their personal power.
For years, her motto was an old Japanese proverb: "Fall down seven times, stand up eight." Recently, she's switched to a new one: "I've got a really good feeling about this." ~ Han Solo.
Nice to meet you, Angela! Now let's canter into the interview.
What is your favorite horse movie?
There are so many awesome horse movies! My favorite so far is Phar Lap, but one day my favorite may be my own movie. I’m writing a screenplay right now, based on my novel “Freedom.” In “Freedom,” Jani discovers the vengeful spirit of an enraged Mustang in the barn at her new house, and sets out to free it.
How many horse-related books have you written?
I can never remember the number, mainly because it keeps changing, so I count them every time someone asks - lol! The number just changed again, because I just finished a book. Now, I have 34 horse books with my name on them. Thirty-three are novels, and one is a non-fiction book about a rare horse breed.
Do you write full time or part time?
I write full time, and the projects that keep me busy are novels, screenplays, blogging, and literary works. I don’t write articles very often anymore.
What advice can you share that might help aspiring authors?
Never stop learning. Keep improving your writing skills, even after you reach a professional level. 😊
Which do you prefer to self-publish or traditional publishing?
For me, it depends on the situation. With my YA fiction, I like to have a publisher, and I don’t write the book until after a publisher buys the idea (I send them an outline). After they publish the finished book and the rights revert to me, I put the books out in my own publishing company, Enchanted Pony Books. With my future novels for an older audience, I plan to self-publish. There are so many opportunities for self-publishers these days!
If this book is part of a series, would you share little about it?
It’s hard to pick just one series to tell you about, but here goes … my Whinnies on the Wind series is about a girl, Evy, who lives in the wilderness with her hermit mother. Evy has a gift that she sometimes thinks is a curse because it certainly gets her in a lot of trouble: she can telepathically communicate with horses.
The first ebook in the series, “Winter of the Crystal Dances” is free and available on all the ebook sites, so it’s easy for new readers to see if they will like the whole series. And even better, readers don’t have to read the rest of the books to enjoy the first one. All my stories are complete with endings, even those in series. In “Winter of the Crystal Dances,” Evy saves an injured mustang filly from certain death. As the filly heals, Evy tries to tame it, but the filly has other ideas!
What was your inspiration for the horse(s) in your book?
Almost every horse that I write about is based on a horse I have known. Some of my favorite horses are used for inspiration more than once, like my two horsey loves, Comanche and Ali. Though they have both passed on now, they live on in my books and still come to visit me in my dreams.
If your book was made into a movie, who would play your characters?
Since I’m writing a script right now, I have thought about this question for real. In “Freedom” I would choose Dafne Keen Fernandez, the girl who played Laura in the movie “Logan” to be Jani.
Is there a message in your novel that you hope readers will grasp?
In “Winter of the Crystal Dances,” be confident in who you are, respect yourself and others, animals included!
What’s next? Future goals for your writing?
Yes, BIG future goals! I am moving toward writing screenplays – and some of those scripts are about horses! I still write about one horse book per year, and will soon release more of my horse books through Enchanted Pony Books. And I’m thinking about writing novels for older people too. 😊
More about Angela Dorsey & her Horse Books!
Website: http://aydorsey.com/ and http://ponybooks.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Angela_Dorsey and https://twitter.com/ponybooks
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Angela-Dorsey/
What a spur jingling author interview!
A BIG thank you to Angela Dorsey for participating in my Equestrian Author Spotlight series. I learn so much from other equine authors and appreciate how unique each of our writing journeys are. I love that all the authors featured in this series are linked through our creativity, passion for writing, and love of horses. I think it is so important to support each other. I appreciate the support of a fellow author. Thanks for giving me the gift of your time, Angela! #authorsunite
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