Though I am a rider and lover of horses, I make no claims of expertise in any riding discipline. I hope my research keeps me from annoying those who would know.
The only thing more fun than riding might be writing horse adventure stories.
Saddle up and ride along!
A Little About
Mary befriends and enlists the help of twelve-year-old Laura, whose family owns the horse farm. Against the better judgement of the farm manager, a brief reprieve is negotiated for the foal’s life. The girls conspire to raise money to save her, but time is running out. Sadly, it appears the expensive surgery the foal needs has little chance to correct her problem anyway. Mary isn’t about to give up. She sacrifices what she holds dear, including the trust of her papa, to gain her heart's desire. Will she lose everything in her struggle to save the foal?
Author's Rating: G
Ten Things You Should Know
About Susan Count
I listen to Christian contemporary, but because I’d find myself singing and dancing instead of writing, I need and prefer absolute quiet to write.
2. What is the first thing you remember writing?
The first thing I remember writing was an essay on Utopia, in middle grade, that came back to me covered in red-marks. I decided then I was bad at writing and didn’t write my first novel until I was over 60. It turns out the ability to create story is not the same as knowing where to put a comma. I use a brilliant editor for that.
3. Have you ever named a character in honor of someone you know?
A character in Mary’s Song is a horse loving, librarian named Miss Charlotte Dann after my own horse loving, librarian grandmother.
4. What is one of your favorite/go-to writing rescources?
One of my favorite/go-to writing resources are the Emotional Thesaurus series by Ackerman. Currently studying The Emotional Craft of Fiction by Maass.
5. What project are you working on now?
I am working hard on a story for my grandsons. It is magical realism, which is a new genre for me. The boys have given me some great material and I can hardly wait to finish polishing the story.
6. What book are you currently reading?
I just started reading When the Butterflies Came and the first three chapters have me totally charmed.
7. Do you write/read every single day?
I write a little most everyday. But, I mindful that there are people around me that need me to be engaged in their lives not always held up in my fictional world.
8. Do you have any furry writing buddies?
I have two horses. Ringo is a Spotted Saddle Horse with a huge, kind heart. Romeo is a Rocky Mountain Horse who is six going on two. I recently lost my favorite companion horse in all the world to old age. Her nickname was The White Bunny.
9. Describe your writing space as it is right now.
I write on my deck in the open air. I write at a table by a picture window where I can see my pasture pets. I write at an antique desk that belonged to my librarian grandmother. I write in my king size bed with chapters spread and notebooks piled everywhere. I write anywhere and everywhere.
10. Is there anything else you would like to tell us about yourself or your writing?
Even though the caption ends in a preposition, I keep a picture on my Mac of a cowboy riding in the dappled sunlight. Never give up on something that you can’t go a day without thinking about.