Meet Your Host Carly Kade & Learn What Makes Her Spurs Jingle (Equestrian Author Spotlight Podcast Episode 1)
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Episode 1: In this week's episode, you'll meet your host and award-winning equine author Carly Kade. You'll learn ...
About Carly Kade
Carly Kade is an award-winning equestrian author from Arizona. Creative writing makes her spurs jingle! She writes fiction about horses, horse shows, Western pleasure, and a handsome cowboy or two. Her books are for people just like her — crazy about reading, horses, and cute cowboys.
Carly received her first EQUUS Film Festival WINNIE Award in 2016 in the Best Western Fiction category for In the Reins, the first book in her series, and was the 2018 WINNIE Award recipient in the Best Equine Romance category for her novel, Cowboy Away.
In her free time, Carly enjoys competitively showing her registered Paint Horse, works on her next novel, reads voraciously, spends time with her two adopted dogs, and loves exploring the great outdoors.
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Carly Kade Podcast Interview Excerpt
Carly: Welcome everyone! This is episode one of the Equestrian Author Spotlight Podcast and today I have my hubby here to ask me a few questions about the podcast to give you a general idea of what things are going to be like and then give you an opportunity to get to know me a little bit better. I think that's a great way to start off our first episode!
Adam: You've got such a cool personality and I think it'll come out in this podcast. I thought it'd be fun to ask you some questions to kind of loosen up, so people can get to know you a little bit better.
First question. If you could spend 30 minutes in any store just perusing around what store would you choose and why?
Carly: Honestly, it's not really a store. The first thing that popped into my head was Quarter Horse Congress in Ohio. I think that would be my ultimate shopping experience. Going to Quarter Horse Congress and running crazy through the expo hall and and looking at all the booths and shopping there. That's immediately what came to mind for me.
Adam: Switching the subject, we're watching the Bill Gates documentary on Netflix and this was a question that came up for him. I thought it was a really cool one. What is your biggest fear?
Carly: Oh my gosh. If something happens to my horse. She's getting older, so I fear the day that I may have to make decisions around her health. She's such a big part of my life. I think that's going to be a very difficult day, so I really fear that day. I fear the day I have to say goodbye to her.
Adam: What we can do together in terms of extreme? I love to do that kind of stuff, like when we went white water rafting, but it's always hard trying to get you to do extreme sports. I was very proud that you did that, but what is another thing that you would do from an extreme standpoint?
Carly: I think what's going to be extreme for us in the near future is getting you your own horse and taking you out on trail rides. It's going to be extreme for me, too, because I've been a show pen girl. We're actually embarking on a journey where we're going to have to learn about trail riding together.
Adam: I'm looking forward to getting my own horse and doing that with you. So you're starting up this podcast, talk to me a little bit about what this podcast is.
Carly: When I first started out on my author journey, I learned a lot by watching, listening to, and reading the stories of other authors that were writing horse books. In 2016, I started a blog series in written format called the Equestrian Author Spotlight. I would interview equine authors and post these interviews once a month as the interviews came in. The coolest thing is that the written format of the Equestrian Author Spotlight has become so popular that I'm backed up. I have over a year's waiting list of interested authors who would like to be a part of the spotlight. I want to be able to share their stories faster and support my community faster, so I felt like a weekly podcast series would help me do that.
Adam: Do you feel as though this is an area that could be highlighted more?
Carly: Yes. I really want to put a spotlight on horse books. I've loved horses ever since I was a little girl. As you get older and grow up, you still love horses and you want to read content that features the equestrian lifestyle. There are a lot of horse books out there. A lot of authors are writing about horses. Although it's niche, I think that this is a really interesting space for people who are equestrians or people who don't have their own horses, but still love horses and want to read about them
Adam: What do you hope to accomplish with the with the podcast?
Carly: I want to bring horse books to the forefront. This podcast is for people who love reading about horses. I want to create a place where people can learn about the horse books that are available and the authors who are writing about them.
I also want this to be a space for people who want to write a horse book. so they can learn from other authors and really understand that it's possible to write a book. I want this to be an inspirational space for aspiring authors or current authors to learn about resources that they might not know about or marketing tips that may have never heard of before by listening to their fellow authors.
Adam: How do people get in touch with you? What does the process look like?
Carly: It's really easy! Visit my contact page and fill out a request! I welcome anyone who has a connection with horses and writing to be a part of this podcast. I know that some people are timid and they may not be interested in the YouTube version where there's a video of them, but I encourage them to do that because I think that people connect better through being able to see you. When the interview is available as a video, people can experience your facial expressions and get a better idea of your general personality.
The interview is conducted over Zoom. We'll just talk back and forth like friends. There's an opportunity to just have the interview be audio. I am still hippy to support authors through a written blog forma, too. My goal is to showcase other authors, tell the world about their books, and share their journeys.
Adam: Awesome segment about the podcast. Thank you for sharing that. Okay, let's switch to your first love horses, books, and writing. Talk to your audience about where you are with the In the Reins series.
Carly: I've written three books so far in the In the Reins series. It's been a really awesome journey. The first book in this series is called In the Reins. The second book, the sequel, is Cowboy Away and the third book is Show Pen Promise. The series so far is a trilogy. It's a story of suspense, mystery, and romance (enter handsome horse trainer) as a woman rediscovers her roots around horse ownership
Adam: What's next?
Carly: I think the three books in this series really give readers a complete story. Lovers of romance get their happily ever after and they see what happens for our handsome cowboy horse trainer McKennon Kelly and wannabe cowgirl Devon Brooke. Devon is a bit like Bridget Jones in her trials and tribulations around horse ownership.
Right now, I'm working on the fourth book in the series. It's sort of a offshoot of the In the Reins trilogy and follows JD McCall who is our handsome bull riding cowboy with swagger. It tells his story and what's next for him. It's been really cool because readers have told me they want more of JD McCall and his story kind of materialized for me. I hoped it would be hard for people to choose between McKennon Kelly and JD McCall and that's exactly what ended up happening.
Adam: What's next after that? You talked about your short-term medium-term goals, but what's after that?
Carly: I'm curious about so many things. I believe that the In the Reins series is going to eventually find its end. There might be a fifth book in store for readers who love those characters because I don't I don't think those characters are finished with me yet.
I do believe that writing is something I'm going to be continuously doing and equestrian fiction is something that's forever going to be a part of my life. I have the outlines of early first books for a new series. There may be a standalone. There will definitely be new characters for people to learn about. I find that I'm happiest when I'm embracing my creative soul and giving it space to run free, so I'll keep writing for the rest of my life.
Adam: That's awesome and the podcast is going to take people through the author journey and help them kind of get comfortable with the ups and downs of of what you've gone through, right?
Carly: What I really hope this podcast will do is inspire authors that are currently writing to continue their work, but also inspire people that feel like they have a book in them to write their own book. I hope to help others learn about the business of being an author from the other authors interviewed here.
Thanks for joining us this week on the Equestrian Author Spotlight Podcast. I hope you enjoy these Q&A sessions with wonderful equine authors who love all things horses and writing just like me. I'm your host Carly Kade. Creative writing makes my first jingle!
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About the In the Reins Horse Book Series
Passionate, captivating, and full of equine epiphanies, this equestrian romance trilogy is sure to touch your inner cowgirl. Deeply romantic and suspenseful, the In the Reins horse book series captures the struggle between letting life move forward and shying away from taking the reins.
Carly Kade writes for anyone who loves horses, handsome cowboys and a great romance. Creative writing makes her spurs jingle!
Books by Carly Kade