In this 25th Equestrian Author Spotlight, I talk with fellow author Debra Sue Brice. Of course, we discuss the best topics on earth — writing, books and horses! In the interview, you'll learn about her favorite horse movie and read about her visit to the very spot that inspired the film, as well as, what inspired the beautiful cover of her horse book called Crossing Boarders. Happy reading!
About Equine Author Debra Sue Brice
Horses, cupcakes, hockey and murder. What can be better than that? In order to share my love of all these things I thought it would be best to write them down and put them in the form of a novel ... or two, or more! When not living in my fictional world, I am a first grade teacher, avid baker, fanatic Cleveland Monster hockey fan, and successful equestrian. I was born and raised in Ohio which is where I continue to get inspiration and ideas for my stories. So stick around and enjoy the many journeys my characters will take you on in the wonderful world of READING!
Nice to meet you, Debra! Let's gallop into the interview.
What is your favorite horse memory?
Growing up I had always wanted to be a jockey. Since my mom told me I was too little to race thoroughbreds I decided to “race” my Dun Quarter Horse for fun around the barn. I would hike up my stirrups like a jockey and gallop her as fast as I could down the field. She absolutely loved it! So did I.
Do you prefer eBooks or physical copies? Why?
I love to hold a book in my hands. As strange as it sounds, I like to see how much more is left in the book before the final chapter.
What is your favorite horse movie?
Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken is my all-time favorite horse movie. My sister and I took a trip to Atlantic City to see where Sonora Webster used to dive her horses. Although the Steel Pier doesn’t exist anymore, it was amazing to walk through the little museum they have set up for her and her diving horses and to re-live the history right on the boardwalk “where all of your dreams come true.”
Do you write full time or part time?
I write part time. I would absolutely love to write full time but until then...
What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?
I know how important reviews are to authors, but I also know with the good comes the bad. Quite honestly, I have such a supportive family who will read the reviews for me first before I even get a chance to look at them! I’ve learned I can’t write to please everyone. I love what I do and as long as I continue to enjoy writing and not let the negative reviews get me down that is what is important to me.
Any amusing story about writing this book?
In Crossing Boarders, the main character heads to Canada with her horse to train with an Olympic rider. After my grandma read the story, she asked, “When did you go to Canada with your horse?” The main character and horse follow my life so closely that my grandma thought it was a true story!
How did you get the idea for the cover of the book?
My Hanoverian gelding, Indie, was the inspiration for this story so I figured it would only be fitting to have him on the front cover. My mom helped design the cover to portray not only the horse but the sport of dressage as well.
What was your inspiration for the horse(s) in your book?
There have been many special horses in my lifetime, but Indie was truly one of a kind. From his phenomenal dressage movements to his unique yet quirky personality, he definitely deserved a place in the spotlight. Everything mentioned about him in the book, from his show-off presence to his sheer enjoyment of a freshly sawdusted stall, is 100% true.
What was your favorite chapter to write and why?
I didn’t necessarily have a favorite chapter. My favorite part of the book was the last line of each chapter. It was a fun challenge trying to leave the reader hanging ... I don’t want them to put the book down!
What’s next? Future goals for your writing?
I want to write a little of everything: romance, mystery, young adult, dystopian… Wherever the stories lead me is where I want to go! I have to say, I am a little partial to young adult romance. That sounds like my next novel!
Discover more about Author Debra Sue Brice
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Debra-Sue-Brice
Watch the Crossing Boarders Book Trailer
What a spur jingling interview!
A BIG thank you to Debra Sue Brice 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, Debra! #authorsunite
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