Equestrian Author Spotlight Podcast
Episode 75: On Celebrity Ghostwriting, Co-Authoring a Series & Trusting Stagnant Times with Rennie Dyball

Episode 75: On Celebrity Ghostwriting, Co-Authoring a Series & Trusting Stagnant Times with Rennie Dyball

May 13, 2021

Episode 75: 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 Rennie Dyball — author, celebrity ghostwriter, and editorial manager for The Plaid Horse. You'll learn ...

  • How working at a popular magazine prepared Rennie for the work she does now. Rennie is an experienced author, collaborator, and former 15-year staffer at People.
  • What it's like to be a co-author on a book series. Rennie writes the Show Strides novel series, published by The Plaid Horse, with Piper Klemm.
  • Advice for creatives on embracing the quiet periods when our muse feels stagnant and the ideas don't seem to come.
  • And MUCH More!

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

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Episode 74: On The Bookstore for Horse Lovers, Reuniting with a Horse & Self-Care with Heather Wallace

Episode 74: On The Bookstore for Horse Lovers, Reuniting with a Horse & Self-Care with Heather Wallace

May 5, 2021
Episode 74: 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, Heather Wallace of The Timid Rider returns to the show. You'll learn ...
 
  • How the heart horse from Heather's past (and a big part of her book Confessions of a Timid Rider) re-entered her life!
  • About The Bookstore for Horse Lovers and what inspired her to create this unique space for writers and readers of horse books.
  • Why self-care and time management are important skills to hone for busy entrepreneurs. Heather shares how she handles being an author, a freelance writer, a blogger, a podcaster, an animal bodywork business, a horse owner, a mother and now manages The Bookstore for Horse Lovers.
  • 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.
Episode 73: On Faith Through Fiction, Launch Teams & Email Marketing with Hilary Walker

Episode 73: On Faith Through Fiction, Launch Teams & Email Marketing with Hilary Walker

April 29, 2021
Episode 73: 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 Hilary Walker. You'll learn ...
  • About Hilary's horse, Cruz Bay, and her progression from show jumping to one day events, competing in Italy, England and the US, wherever her husband's job took them.
  • What inspired her to write fiction that combines horses with her love of Christ. Hilary's Christian faith was growing at the same time as her riding skills improved.
  • How Hilary reaches her readers through smart email marketing and building dedicated launch teams.
  • 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.
Episode 72: On Writing About Animals, Cozy Mysteries & Meeting Publisher Deadlines with Eileen Watkins

Episode 72: On Writing About Animals, Cozy Mysteries & Meeting Publisher Deadlines with Eileen Watkins

April 21, 2021

Episode 72: 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 Eileen Watkins. You'll learn ...

  • About the special mare who inspired the character of Valentine in Reboot Ranch. After placing her chronically ill horse with a rescue farm in 2001, Eileen wrote this book to highlight the important work by such organizations.
  • How Eileen came to author the Cat Groomer Mysteries for Kensington Publishing, including The Persian Always Meows Twice, The Bengal Identity, Feral Attraction, and Gone, Kitty, Gone. All four have received Certificates of Excellence from the Cat Writers’ Association.
  • What it is like to work with a traditional publisher and meet their deadlines with integrity.
  • 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. 

Episode 71: On Blogging Best Practices, Test Driving Ideas & Real Collaboration with Susan Friedland

Episode 71: On Blogging Best Practices, Test Driving Ideas & Real Collaboration with Susan Friedland

April 15, 2021

Episode 71: 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, Susan Friedland of Saddle Seeks Horse returns to the show. You'll learn ...

  • About the art of blogging. Susan takes us on a deep dive into how we can use our blog to get the word out about our books.
  • How to cultivate collaborative relationships (the right way) with other authors, bloggers, businesses, and equestrians.
  • What inspired her book Strands of Hope and what it was like to write a book about grieving the loss of a horse.
  • 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.

Episode 70: On Persistence, Handling Rejection & Flash Fiction with Kerri Lukasavitz

Episode 70: On Persistence, Handling Rejection & Flash Fiction with Kerri Lukasavitz

April 7, 2021

Episode 70: 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 Kerri Lukasavitz. You'll learn ...

  • About the inspiration behind Kerri's Oak Lane Stable Adventures horse book series.
  • How to cultivate persistence in an author career and why it's important to keep going in the face of rejection. Kerri shares a story highlighting that a "yes" can be just around the next corner.
  • What it's like to write flash fiction, and how it can improve your writing craft.
  • 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. 

Episode 69: On Stable Style, Creating a Coffee Table Book & Positive Relationships with Raquel Lynn

Episode 69: On Stable Style, Creating a Coffee Table Book & Positive Relationships with Raquel Lynn

March 31, 2021

Episode 69: 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 Horses & Heels and Stable Style Founder Raquel Lynn. You'll learn ...

  • About the inspiration behind Raquel's new book – Stable Style: Barn Inspiration for all Equestrians.
  • What it takes to write, design, print, distribute, and sell a high quality coffee table book. Raquel takes us on a deep dive into her process.
  • How the positive relationships she's built over the course of her career creating Horses & Heels as well as Stable Style aided in pulling her book project together and getting it across the finish line.
  • 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.

Episode 68: On the Holiday Horse Book Series, Writing Across Genres & Using Comedy with Laura Hesse

Episode 68: On the Holiday Horse Book Series, Writing Across Genres & Using Comedy with Laura Hesse

March 24, 2021

Episode 68: 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 horse lover and author Laura Hesse. You'll learn ...

  • About Laura's skill at writing across genres, whether it’s a horse tale or a wickedly black murder/mystery, Hesse loves to tell stories for all ages in various genres.
  • How meeting a frostbitten Mustang inspired her to write a family friendly holiday horse book series, which includes One Frosty Christmas, The Great Pumpkin Ride, A Filly Called Easter, Independence and Valentino.
  • Why she loves to weave comedy in her novels and what inspired her to write The Silver Spurs Home for Aging Cowgirls series. Laura coins it as an entertaining naughty drama-comedy for adult cozy mystery fans who love horses.
  • 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 67: On Equestrian Fine Art, Off-Track Thoroughbreds & Advanced Readers with Linda Shantz

Episode 67: On Equestrian Fine Art, Off-Track Thoroughbreds & Advanced Readers with Linda Shantz

March 18, 2021

Episode 67: 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 Linda Shantz. She's an artist of fine equestrian art and the author of the Good Things Come book series. You'll learn ...

  • About Linda's career working with racehorses on the track, which led her to become an artist of fine equestrian art working in oil, oil pastel and pencil, striving to capture not only accurate anatomy, but the spirit of the horse as well.
  • Why she decided to add "author' to her list of accomplishments and how Thoroughbreds inspired her novel Good Things Come, which hit the Amazon #1 New Release slot when it debuted.
  • Why providing advanced copies of your book to early readers is a strong strategy that enables you to hit the ground running on a book's release day.
  • 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 66: On Showing American Saddlebreds, Structured Writing & Word of Mouth with Susan Archer

Episode 66: On Showing American Saddlebreds, Structured Writing & Word of Mouth with Susan Archer

March 10, 2021

Episode 66: 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 American Saddlebred Enthusiast and Author Susan Archer. You'll learn ...

  • How a search in the Yellow Pages shifted Susan from riding Quarter Horses and her Montana rodeo roots to an American Saddlebred show barn and competing at World Championship horse shows.
  • About the inspiration behind her four fiction books about showing Saddlebreds; Stake Night, Show Time, Victory Pass, and Leg Up.
  • How Susan has put word of mouth marketing to work, and why she uses a particular structure for her writing time to move projects forward.
  • 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.
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