In this 26th Equestrian Author Spotlight, I talk with fellow author Carrington Tyson. Carrington and I met at BreyerFest in Lexington, KY! Of course, we discuss the best topics on earth — writing, books and horses! In the interview, you'll learn about her book series, The Isabelle Chronicles, set in the Medieval time period. The books feature Princess Isabelle, a rowdy, mischievous girl, who'd much rather be out racing her Friesian mare Phoenix, than studying her lessons and learning how to act like a proper lady. Sounds like fun, right? Happy reading!
About Equine Author Carrington Tyson
From the time she learned to spell, author Carrington Tyson has been writing stories. Having moved all over the country from an early age, the sights she has seen have sparked an interest in many different topics.
Carrington's love of horses started when she was young. Many of her stories include horses and young girls. By the time she was fourteen, she had a number of books written.
Her first novel, The Little Pony, ignited her imagination. “I thought that book was so cool when I wrote it,” says the sixteen year-old author. “I read it now, and it seems silly!” Even so, Carrington continued to write, beginning a series for young children called The Adventures of Ginger and Sara, about a girl and her palomino mare. These works were stored in her computer as more were written.
Not every story is horse-centered though. Carrington writes on a variety of themes. Her siblings always have an idea up their sleeves as well. The author writes Sci-fi and stories set in the Medieval time period. With plenty of people to read her stories to, she has a lot of input.
Even though Carrington loves to write, she also has other hobbies that keep her busy. Carrington is learning Old English sword-fighting. She enjoys her weekly classes which teach self-defense as well as fighting with a broadsword. Carrington also loves photography. She has spent many hours taking pictures, often entering into contests. Horses and nature are her main themes.
Another hobby Carrington is fond of is baking. She has a small baking business making cookies and cupcakes to sell to her neighbors and friends. Singing and playing the piano are also talents she shares with those around her. Carrington has sung for several public occasions since she was four years old, and each crowd has been touched by her sweet voice.
Carrington is currently working on several other manuscripts, including a 50,000 word Sci-Fi novel written with older audiences in mind, revolving around four unlikely characters; a doctor, a gangster, a botanist, and a model, who are forced on an incredible journey.
Another story she plans to publish, entitled The Little Filly that Could, is a fictional story about the first filly to win the Triple Crown.
This young author plans to keep writing, and many more books are predicted in her future.
Nice to meet you, Carrington! Let's gallop into the interview.
What is your involvement with horses?
I've been obsessed with horses for most of my life, but never really had a chance to be around them until my thirteenth birthday, when my mom rented me an Arabian mare named Mina Moondance. Back then, Arabs were my favorite and I was absolutely delighted to be able to hang out with her whenever time permitted!
For almost half a year, I rode her and played with her, took her on walks and trail rides. She really wasn't the best beginner horse, but I loved her anyway. In the early spring, I went to the barn she lived in and she was gone, her owner had sold her without even telling me.
I was devastated, but life turned around again when I began volunteering at a therapeutic horseback riding stable just a few weeks later. To this day, every spring and fall on Wednesdays, most of the day is spent with the farm's seven horses, including one Arab named Ben that looks just like Mina. I've been volunteering there for about four years now and it has been so rewarding! I can't imagine my life without the children and equines there.
When did you become an author?
Literally since I could hold a pen and spell, I have been writing novels. My very first decent one that I finished when I was 11 years old was about a pony named Coconut who wanders away from his home, ending up with a mean master and a crazy adventure to get back to his owner. It was 50,000+ words and I was so proud of it.
My first published book, Princess Isabelle and the Hidden Dragon was put on Amazon when I was 15 years of age. I self-published, and the book is one of a trilogy. My second one, Princess Isabelle and the Dragon Questioned was published when I was sixteen, and is the second in the series. I am currently working on the third, Princess Isabelle and the Dragon Revealed.
What is your favorite horse movie?
My favorite horse movie would have to be Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron. I first saw it a few years ago and immediately fell in love with Rain and Spirit. It's a wonderful, heartwarming story with a rollercoaster adventure ride the whole way through. I enjoyed the amazing music so much, I bought the soundtrack and use the music to inspire me when I'm writing!
Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
Honestly, I've never thought working out a plot or outline would work for me. I'm a spur-of-the-moment kind of girl so once I get an idea in my head and start putting it down on paper, I kind of let the story go where it wants to. So far, it's worked great! Although, I do tend to get more ideas than I can keep up with, so consequently, a majority of my books are half done. I do intend to finish them though!
If this book is part of a series, would you share a little about it?
My book series, The Isabelle Chronicles are set in the Medieval time period. Princess Isabelle is a rowdy, mischievous girl who'd much rather be out racing her Friesian mare Phoenix, than studying her lessons and learning how to act like a proper lady.
When she stumbles across what was supposed to be an extinct species, a dragon, her curiosity takes over and she eventually makes friends with the mysterious creature, though she must keep it a secret from the rest of her family. But when danger comes calling, Isabelle has no choice but to reveal her new friend, named Minx, before her loved ones and entire home are destroyed.
Filled with adventure and excitement, this series will keep you on the edge of your seat. Spiced with danger and a bit of romance, they have something to keep everyone interested till the last page.
What was your inspiration for the horse(s) in your book?
Growing up with a passion for horses, but never having had the opportunity to own one, writing about the equines I love has been a way to get close to owning one, but without actually doing so. I live out what I dream about through my writing, having characters own my favorite steeds instead of me. In writing The Isabelle Chronicles, I gave Isabelle my favorite breed of horse, Friesians, and gave the mare the horse-like personality of what my dream horse would be. Strong, courageous and loyal to the very end.
What was your inspiration for the leading woman in your book?
I would have to say that Isabelle is based loosely on myself. I've always been kind of a tomboy, full of spunk and yes, also a bit mischievous if I must tell the truth. So, taking my personality and inserting it into that of my character, helps me to make it more realistic and believable than if I were to pull off something completely opposite of me. We can relate to each other and that's a good thing, especially since it adds to the story.
What's next? Future goals for your writing?
My ultimate dream and goal is to one day write a best-selling novel. I write numerous genres from horses to science fiction to dystopian stories. I can cover a wide range of audiences and ages with that. Until that day comes though, I'll be working to get my name out there and improve my writing!
Discover more about Author Carrington Tyson
What a spur jingling interview!
A BIG thank you to Carrington Tyson for participating in my Equestrian Author Spotlight series. I enjoy these interviews. I learn so much from other 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. Thank you for giving me the gift of your time, Carrington! #authorsunite
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