Equestrian Author Spotlight Podcast
Episode 50: On Training Racehorses, Writing About Backstretch Life & Music with Dawn LeFevre

Episode 50: On Training Racehorses, Writing About Backstretch Life & Music with Dawn LeFevre

September 16, 2020

Episode 50: Welcome to the Equestrian Author Spotlight podcast! In each episode, you’ll hear inspirational stories from horse book authors including writing advice and marketing tips to help you write your own horse book. If you are an author, aspire to be an author, or simply love horse books then you are in the right place!

In this week's episode, you'll meet Backstretch Girls author Dawn LeFevre. You'll learn ...

  • About Dawn's life working on racetracks, what it was like getting her trainer's license, and what it feels like to gallop a racehorse full out.
  • How her firsthand experience of life on the backstretch inspired her book Backstretch Girls.
  • How Dawn's freelance writing career started with writing heavy metal music reviews. Now her fiction and nonfiction short pieces have been published in Equus, Weird NJ, the Pacific Coast Journal and The Press of Atlantic City.
  • And MUCH more!

Episode show notes: https://www.carlykadecreative.com/podcast.html

Want a free guide to secrets of horse book authors? Gallop over to https://www.carlykadecreative.com/wisdom.html and join the Equestrian Author Spotlight email list to have the author advice resource delivered instantly to your inbox.

If you are an author who writes about horses and would like to be spotlighted let me know. I’d be happy to include you, too. Visit my contact page at https://www.carlykadecreative.com to fill out a request.

Episode 49: On Being a Teacher Turned Author, Writing Groups & Horsehair Jewelry with Janet Wolanin Alexander

Episode 49: On Being a Teacher Turned Author, Writing Groups & Horsehair Jewelry with Janet Wolanin Alexander

September 9, 2020
Episode 49: Welcome to the Equestrian Author Spotlight podcast! In each episode, you’ll hear inspirational stories from horse book authors including writing advice and marketing tips to help you write your own horse book. If you are an author, aspire to be an author, or simply love horse books then you are in the right place!
 
In this week's episode, you'll meet teacher turned author Janet Wolanin Alexander. You'll learn ...
 
  • Janet talks about her memoir At Home on a Horse in the Woods. She shares how alternate bouts of pursuit and denial became incredibly paralyzing. Finally, on the verge of abandoning her dream of owning a horse forever, a powerful moment of truth broke the pattern and set her free.
  • How valuable being a member of a writers' group can be for developing your work.
  • About Janet's business Swish Tails and why she braids jewelry from a horse’s hair to celebrate the special bond humans share with their equine partners.
  • And MUCH more!
 
Want a free guide to secrets of horse book authors? Gallop over to https://www.carlykadecreative.com/wisdom.html and join the Equestrian Author Spotlight email list to have the author advice resource delivered instantly to your inbox.
 
If you are an author who writes about horses and would like to be spotlighted let me know. I’d be happy to include you, too. Visit my contact page at https://www.carlykadecreative.com to fill out a request. 
Episode 48: On the Power of Pinterest & Why it’s Okay to be in Process with Lindsey Rains

Episode 48: On the Power of Pinterest & Why it’s Okay to be in Process with Lindsey Rains

September 2, 2020

Episode 48: Welcome to the Equestrian Author Spotlight podcast! In each episode, you’ll hear inspirational stories from horse book authors including writing advice and marketing tips to help you write your own horse book. If you are an author, aspire to be an author, or simply love horse books then you are in the right place!

In this week's episode, you'll meet Hoof Print Marketing Founder Lindsey Rains. You'll learn ...

  • About the power of Pinterest and ideas on how authors can use the platform to market their books.
  • Why it is okay to be in progress when it comes to your passions.
  • How Lindsey has evolved her equestrian blogging skills into owning and running her own business — Hoof Print Marketing.
  • And MUCH more!

Visit https://www.carlykadecreative.com/podcast.html where you can read the episode show notes and find the links and recommended resources. Make sure you subscribe to the podcast on YouTube, iTunes, Stitcher, or via RSS so you’ll never miss a show.

Want a free guide to secrets of horse book authors? Gallop over to https://www.carlykadecreative.com/wisdom.html and join the Equestrian Author Spotlight email list to have the author advice resource delivered instantly to your inbox.

If you are an author who writes about horses and would like to be spotlighted let me know. I’d be happy to include you, too. Visit my contact page at https://www.carlykadecreative.com to fill out a request.

Episode 47: On Wild Horses, How the Horse Shaped U.S. History & Storytelling with Julia Soplop

Episode 47: On Wild Horses, How the Horse Shaped U.S. History & Storytelling with Julia Soplop

August 26, 2020

Episode 47: Welcome to the Equestrian Author Spotlight podcast! In each episode, you’ll hear inspirational stories from horse book authors including writing advice and marketing tips to help you write your own horse book. If you are an author, aspire to be an author, or simply love horse books then you are in the right place!

In this week's episode, you'll meet author and photographer Julia Soplop. You'll learn ...

  • About what led Julia to research and write about how the horse, throughout U.S. history, has served as one of the most powerful influences on the country’s development. 
  • Ways that Julia used storytelling to employ the horse as a narrative thread not only to bind seemingly disparate events, but also to allow for the inclusion of figures often written out of traditional histories: women and minorities. 
  • Why it was important for her to include tables, maps, and captivating pen and ink illustrations by Montana artist Robert Spannring, interspersed with her own stunning photography of wild horses, to add further depth to EQUUS Rising: How the Horse Shaped U.S. History.
  • And MUCH more!

Visit https://www.carlykadecreative.com/podcast.html where you can read the episode show notes and find the links and recommended resources. Make sure you subscribe to the podcast on YouTube, iTunes, Stitcher, or via RSS so you’ll never miss a show.

Want a free guide to secrets of horse book authors? Gallop over to https://www.carlykadecreative.com/wisdom.html and join the Equestrian Author Spotlight email list to have the author advice resource delivered instantly to your inbox.

If you are an author who writes about horses and would like to be spotlighted let me know. I’d be happy to include you, too. Visit my contact page at https://www.carlykadecreative.com to fill out a request.

Episode 46: On Embracing Technology, Discovery Writing & Quarter Horses with Diane Maccani

Episode 46: On Embracing Technology, Discovery Writing & Quarter Horses with Diane Maccani

August 19, 2020

Episode 46: Welcome to the Equestrian Author Spotlight podcast! In each episode, you’ll hear inspirational stories from horse book authors including writing advice and marketing tips to help you write your own horse book. If you are an author, aspire to be an author, or simply love horse books then you are in the right place!

In this week's episode, you'll meet author and lifelong horsewoman Diane Maccani. You'll learn ...

  • About Diane's life as a horsewoman. She has been a breeder, trainer, instructor, judge, and showman of Quarter Horses, and she also is a horse show mom and grandma.
  • How cleaning stalls inspired the start of her series 'What the Cowgirls Do!' The characters in the series live in the 'modern' west, and they deal with the problems facing those in the ranching/horse industry. The series has thirteen books.
  • Thoughts on embracing technology and how she went about independent publishing before print-on-demand technology even existed.
  • And MUCH more!

Visit https://www.carlykadecreative.com/podcast.html where you can read the episode show notes and find the links and recommended resources. Make sure you subscribe to the podcast on YouTube, iTunes, Stitcher, or via RSS so you’ll never miss a show.

Want a free guide to secrets of horse book authors? Gallop over to https://www.carlykadecreative.com/wisdom.html and join the Equestrian Author Spotlight email list to have the author advice resource delivered instantly to your inbox.

If you are an author who writes about horses and would like to be spotlighted let me know. I’d be happy to include you, too. Visit my contact page at https://www.carlykadecreative.com to fill out a request.

Episode 45: On Rethinking Horseshoes & The Evolution of Cavallo Hoof Boots with Carole Herder

Episode 45: On Rethinking Horseshoes & The Evolution of Cavallo Hoof Boots with Carole Herder

August 12, 2020

Episode 45: Welcome to the Equestrian Author Spotlight podcast! In each episode, you’ll hear inspirational stories from horse book authors including writing advice and marketing tips to help you write your own horse book. If you are an author, aspire to be an author, or simply love horse books then you are in the right place!

In this week's episode, you'll meet Cavallo Horse & Rider, Inc. Founder Carole Herder. You'll learn ...

  • About Carole's passion for horses and holistic wellness, which led her to found Cavallo Horse & Rider Inc., which develops, manufactures and distributes horse products in 26 countries worldwide.
  • How she designed and developed the range of Cavallo Hoof Boots to help horses receive the protection required when riding on terrain that the bare hoof is not conditioned to.
  • About her thoughts on caring for horse’s hooves naturally. She promotes that keeping horses barefoot is the better choice.
  • And MUCH more!

Website: https://www.cavallo-inc.com/

Visit https://www.carlykadecreative.com/podcast.html where you can read the episode show notes and find the links and recommended resources. Make sure you subscribe to the podcast on YouTube, iTunes, Stitcher, or via RSS so you’ll never miss a show.

Want a free guide to secrets of horse book authors? Gallop over to https://www.carlykadecreative.com/wisdom.html and join the Equestrian Author Spotlight email list to have the author advice resource delivered instantly to your inbox.

If you are an author who writes about horses and would like to be spotlighted let me know. I’d be happy to include you, too. Visit my contact page at https://www.carlykadecreative.com to fill out a request.

Episode 44: On Thoroughbreds, Turning Passion into Business & Finding Words Inside a Writing Barn with Patrick Smithwick

Episode 44: On Thoroughbreds, Turning Passion into Business & Finding Words Inside a Writing Barn with Patrick Smithwick

August 5, 2020
Episode 44: Welcome to the Equestrian Author Spotlight podcast! In each episode, you’ll hear inspirational stories from horse book authors including writing advice and marketing tips to help you write your own horse book. If you are an author, aspire to be an author, or simply love horse books then you are in the right place!
 
In this week's episode, you'll meet Thoroughbred trainer, writer, and teacher Patrick Smithwick. You'll learn ...
 
  • About Patrick's lifelong love affair with horses. At a very young age he began working with his father, the legendary steeplechase jockey, A.P. Smithwick, who became a trainer after retiring from riding. Smithwick then worked his way through school and college by exercising Thoroughbreds at major East Coast racetracks and riding steeplechase races at such venues as Belmont Park and Saratoga Race Course, and hunt meets such as the Maryland Hunt Club and the Grand National.
  • How Patrick turned his two biggest passions into two businesses - writing and training Thoroughbred steeplechase horses.
  • Insight into his writing rituals and routines including a verbal tour of his beloved writing barn situated on his farm in Monkton, Maryland.
  • And MUCH more!

Website: https://www.patricksmithwick.com/

 
Visit https://www.carlykadecreative.com/podcast.html where you can read the episode show notes and find the links and recommended resources. Make sure you subscribe to the podcast on YouTube, iTunes, Stitcher, or via RSS so you’ll never miss a show.
 
Want a free guide to secrets of horse book authors? Gallop over to https://www.carlykadecreative.com/wisdom.html and join the Equestrian Author Spotlight email list to have the author advice resource delivered instantly to your inbox.
 
If you are an author who writes about horses and would like to be spotlighted let me know. I’d be happy to include you, too. Visit my contact page at https://www.carlykadecreative.com to fill out a request.
Episode 43: On Horses Healing Humans at an Alternative Prison Ranch & Vulnerability in Memoir with Ginger Gaffney

Episode 43: On Horses Healing Humans at an Alternative Prison Ranch & Vulnerability in Memoir with Ginger Gaffney

July 29, 2020
Episode 43: Welcome to the Equestrian Author Spotlight podcast! In each episode, you’ll hear inspirational stories from horse book authors including writing advice and marketing tips to help you write your own horse book. If you are an author, aspire to be an author, or simply love horse books then you are in the right place!
 
In this week's episode, you'll meet top-ranked horse trainer and author Ginger Gaffney. You'll learn ...
 
  • About her memoir Half Broke, where Ginger gives us a glimpse into her experience working with troubled horses at an alternative prison ranch in New Mexico, a facility run entirely by the prisoners. 
  • Why she decided to work on the ranch even though the horses had developed dangerous behaviors and the residents were dealing with their own issues including trouble with the law and addictions.
  • Advice on writing a memoir including why it's important to bring vulnerability to the page and write the book with the pulse of fiction.
  • And MUCH more!
 
Visit https://www.carlykadecreative.com/podcast.html where you can read the episode show notes and find the links and recommended resources. Make sure you subscribe to the podcast on YouTube, iTunes, Stitcher, or via RSS so you’ll never miss a show.
 
Want a free guide to secrets of horse book authors? Gallop over to https://www.carlykadecreative.com/wisdom.html and join the Equestrian Author Spotlight email list to have the author advice resource delivered instantly to your inbox.
 
If you are an author who writes about horses and would like to be spotlighted let me know. I’d be happy to include you, too. Visit my contact page at https://www.carlykadecreative.com to fill out a request.
Episode 42: On Believing in Horses, Local Media & Telling Military-Related Stories with Valerie Ormond

Episode 42: On Believing in Horses, Local Media & Telling Military-Related Stories with Valerie Ormond

July 22, 2020
Episode 42: Welcome to the Equestrian Author Spotlight podcast! In each episode, you’ll hear inspirational stories from horse book authors including writing advice and marketing tips to help you write your own horse book. If you are an author, aspire to be an author, or simply love horse books then you are in the right place!
 
In this week's episode, you'll meet  Veteran Writing Services, LLC and Believing in Horses book author Valerie Ormond. You'll learn ...
 
  • About Valerie's second career as a writer after a 25 year career as a naval intelligence officer. She now writes books and stories sharing lessons learned including Believing in Horses and Believing in Horses, too.
  • Why she founded Veteran Writing Services, LLC, to provide writing services to business clients and encourage other veterans to write their stories.

  • How she works with local media outlets and why she believes in the power of personal connections.
  • And MUCH more!
 
Visit https://www.carlykadecreative.com/podcast.html where you can read the episode show notes and find the links and recommended resources. Make sure you subscribe to the podcast on YouTube, iTunes, Stitcher, or via RSS so you’ll never miss a show.
 
Want a free guide to secrets of horse book authors? Gallop over to https://www.carlykadecreative.com/wisdom.html and join the Equestrian Author Spotlight email list to have the author advice resource delivered instantly to your inbox.
 
If you are an author who writes about horses and would like to be spotlighted let me know. I’d be happy to include you, too. Visit my contact page at https://www.carlykadecreative.com to fill out a request.
Episode 41: On Wanderlust, Riding Horses Around the Globe & Character Development with Amy Elizabeth

Episode 41: On Wanderlust, Riding Horses Around the Globe & Character Development with Amy Elizabeth

July 15, 2020
Episode 41: Welcome to the Equestrian Author Spotlight podcast! In each episode, you’ll hear inspirational stories from horse book authors including writing advice and marketing tips to help you write your own horse book. If you are an author, aspire to be an author, or simply love horse books then you are in the right place!
 
In this week's episode, you'll meet world traveler and equine author Amy Elizabeth. You'll learn ...
 
  • About Amy's wanderlust, her life of travel, and what it's like living as a writer abroad.
  • How she pursues her passion for horses by riding them around the globe.
  • Why she believes that an author has to get down to the heart of their characters to write a good story.
  • And MUCH more!
 
 
Visit https://www.carlykadecreative.com/podcast.html where you can read the episode show notes and find the links and recommended resources. Make sure you subscribe to the podcast on YouTube, iTunes, Stitcher, or via RSS so you’ll never miss a show.
 
Want a free guide to secrets of horse book authors? Gallop over to https://www.carlykadecreative.com/wisdom.html and join the Equestrian Author Spotlight email list to have the author advice resource delivered instantly to your inbox.
 
If you are an author who writes about horses and would like to be spotlighted let me know. I’d be happy to include you, too. Visit my contact page at https://www.carlykadecreative.com to fill out a request. 

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