In this twelfth Equestrian Author Spotlight, I talk with Grace Marshall. She is the author of the Horse Haven book series. Of course, Grace and I discuss the best topics on earth ... writing, books and horses! In the interview, you'll learn that she volunteers at a local horse stable, she loves the movie Dreamer, and that her favorite horsey memory involves having her childhood horse step on her foot! Happy Reading.
About Equine Author Grace Marshall
Grace Marshall was born in Wisconsin, lived for some time in Illinois and Tennessee, and currently resides in Missouri. She juggles her time between her cat, her oversized dog, her part-time job, her business, and her dashing husband. She believes in living life to the fullest and can't wait to see where God will take her or have her write next. She is the author of the "Horse Haven" series and "Person of Faith," and has also contributed several articles to newspapers.
Okay! Let's giddy up on to Grace's interview!
What is your favorite horse memory?
When my horse, Lily, stepped on my foot one time while I was grooming her. I know it seems strange for that to be a favorite memory, but the reason why was quite simple. She stepped on my foot by accident because I wasn’t paying attention and put it in a dumb place. As soon as her hoof started to come down on my shoe and she realized she was stepping on me she lifted her hoof and backed up. She never even set her foot all the way down. I realized then how gentle and caring my horse was.
What is your involvement with horses?
I have had involvement with horses for as long as I can remember. For a while I was just around horses as much as possible, doing horse day camps and petting any horse I could. As a teenager I had my own horse, two for a while, but I had to sell them when I went to college.
Currently, I don’t have the land for a horse so my husband and I volunteer at a horse stable in the area. It gives me my needed horse fix and I’m so grateful! I have a weekly blog about it on my website, I’d love for anyone to check it out and be involved with it: http://www.wordsbytwo.com/stable-visit
What is your favorite horse book (besides your own of course)?
Hope Rising by Kim Meeder. It is a book about the ranch Kim Meeder runs with her husband, helping kids and horses that are abused. The book is a compilation of stories and I find it incredibly inspirational and touching.
What is your favorite horse movie?
So easy! Dreamer! I loved this movie the first time I watched it and still do. It’s a touching story about a little girl, her broken racehorse, and her relationship with her dad. It’s a story about taking chances and having hope.
Best part about being an author?
The opportunity to write. Just to see your thoughts and ideas come to life and be able to share that experience with others is awesome. I’ve always found writing a great experience and a way to de-stress. I hope that readers will enjoy the journey of my books just as I do.
If your book is part of a series, would you share a little about it?
The book is part of a young adult (teenage) series, Horse Haven about a girl named Ruth who starts a horse ranch with her father in Missouri. It takes you through the life of a teenager who is crazy about horses and it encourages you to laugh at life with Ruth as she struggles and grows. The books have clean content but deal with real life struggles.
What do you think makes your book (or any book) stand out from the crowd?
It’s the story of a snarky teen girl who has hilariously awkward struggles readers can relate to. It hosts a diverse set of people and horse characters that take you through a fun, realistic journey.
What was your favorite chapter to write and why?
“Spilled” was my favorite chapter to write. I’m not sure why, maybe there’s just a part of me that likes to embarrass my main character. I really had fun with the chapter and I was aiming toward it for a while before I got to include it in the story. It made me smile and I hope it will make my reader’s smile as well.
Is there a message in your novel that you hope readers will grasp
The main message is to enjoy life and when manure happens, laugh it off. There are other messages in the book and you see Ruth as she struggles with moving to a new area and losing her friends, she tries to learn how to live life in the country, and deals with embarrassment, but the main point of the book is to be uplifting.
What’s next? Future goals for your writing?
Next is the third book of the Horse Haven series, but it doesn’t have a title yet. It should be coming out in 2017. I hope with this coming book, readers will laugh and enjoy reading it as much as I do writing it.
Discover more about Author Grace Marshall!
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/author/gracem_author
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What a spur jingling interview!
Thank you to Grace Marshall for participating in my Equestrian Author Spotlight series. I really enjoy these interviews. I learn so much from other authors and appreciate how unique each of our writing journeys is. 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, Grace! #authorsunite
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