Carly Kade is a creativity coach, award-winning independent author, horse owner, and the host of the Equestrian Author Spotlight Podcast. She helps fellow equine authors build, grow, and expand their author careers. Creative writing makes her spurs jingle! The In the Reins equestrian romance series was written with horse lovers in mind, no matter which discipline they ride, and the horses are as vital to moving the story forward as the human characters are. The books are perfect for poolside reading or taking to the beach.
Carrabus writes from the Lincoln County, Missouri farm she shares with her husband and daughter. A scoliosis diagnosis at age 11 changed her life. A horse lover from a young age, she signed up for riding lessons and learned much more than posting trot. With quiet power, horses provided comfort and a sympathetic ear, never judging or poking fun at her cumbersome back brace. Those years, though often difficult, taught Candace the value of persistence, the healing power of believing in oneself, and how strength can be gained through kindness. Her stories are imbued with the irresistible wonder, mystery, and solace her equine friends have provided.
Valerie Ormond retired after a 25-year career as a naval intelligence officer and began her second career as a writer. She founded her own business, Veteran Writing Services, LLC, providing companies professional writing, editing, and consulting services. Valerie’s novels, Believing In Horses, and Believing In Horses, Too, won Gold Medals in the Military Writers Society of America awards and five other first place awards in national and international competitions. Her non-fiction stories have been published in seven books, and her articles have appeared internationally in magazines, newspapers, and blogs. For more information, please see and www.believinginhorses.com.
Award-winning author, M.J. Evans grew up in Lake Oswego, Oregon, and graduated from Oregon State University. She spent five years teaching junior high and high school students before retiring to raise her five children. She is a life-long equestrian and enjoys competing in Dressage and riding in the beautiful Colorado mountains.
Anna grew up in England with a passion for horses which was fulfilled when her family moved to the countryside and she had her first pony. After school, she spent a year in Switzerland, came home met Dave in Marwell zoo, raised a family and took a degree in English. Anna worked for seven years at the Fortune Centre in Hampshire as a Riding Therapist. Following her move to Austria in 2007, she worked for two years as a riding instructor in three riding schools. All her books are founded in her Christian faith and love for horses!
I write the Jill books which are sequels to the original pony books by Ruby Ferguson. These books are very popular with Jill-fans from the original books and also new readers. Jill is a young adult and continues her madcap adventures and misadventures, set in the early 1960s, a time of Arcadian delight.
After many years of working at the racetrack, Linda now manages a small herd of retired racehorses, who usually give her enough time off to paint and write. She’s best known for her art, which can be seen at www.lindashantz.com
Miranda N. Prather was born in Texas and grew up in Mississippi, Louisiana and Kentucky. The first horse she recalls following was Seattle Slew, who was born the same year she was, but it was Alydar that was her first horse racing love (and Blue Blue Sea’s great-grandsire). During her time in Kentucky, she took horseback riding lessons and owned an off-track Thoroughbred named Beble.
I became passionate about pony rescue after taking on a neglected New Forest pony 24 years ago who I called Bella. What really touched my heart and was priceless was the transformation over a one year period - after some hard work and understanding Bella turned into a healthy & trusting pony.
In 1995 I opened my own sanctuary for New Forest ponies and saved and rehomed over 57 from slaughter over a 5 year period. This was so rewarding and totally voluntary and I had to raise over £80,000 a year to keep it going. 50% of profits from book sales go to fundraising.
Precious McKenzie is the author of over thirty books for children and teens. She keeps busy with her American Paint horse. She loves to research, write, and teach, and is dedicated to sharing the amazing world of animals with her readers.
Laurie Berglie is the best-selling author of three equestrian romance novels, Where the Bluegrass Grows, Kicking On, and Taking Off. All of Laurie’s books contain a host of both horse and human characters, plenty of equestrian action, and some steamy love scenes! Laurie is also a contributing writer for Horse & Style Magazine, and she has copy-edited numerous novels for other self-published authors. When not reading or writing horse books, Laurie is hard at work taking care of her many animals that reside on her farm in Maryland where she lives with her husband, James.
Jan Ruth lives in Snowdonia, a mountainous area of North Wales, UK. Jan writes contemporary character-driven fiction about the darker side of the family dynamic, often blending life in rural Wales with a touch of city business. Her style is best described as fast-paced and realistic, with a sprinkling of dry humour. Four of her titles feature strong equestrian backgrounds. Her memoir, My Life in Horses, is a potted history spanning some fifty years of horse-riding adventures.
When she’s not reading or writing – Jan loves to ride and walk the Welsh hills; a constant source of inspiration. She is also an active trustee member for the RDA (Riding for the Disabled) and an Assistant Equine Facilitated Learning Practitioner.
Dawn LeFevre began working on the backstretch of Atlantic City Racecourse at the age of sixteen. After graduating from Cook College of Rutgers University with a B.S. in Animal Science, she spent the next thirteen years training and racing horses in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware. She currently works as a contributor for and her articles have been published in Equus, Weird NJ, the Pacific Coast Journal and The Press of Atlantic City.
USA Today Bestselling Author Suzanne Jenkins writes page-turning contemporary romance, mystery, and women's fiction with passionately gripping characters that stay with readers long after they turn the last page.
Janet Winters fell in love with mysteries and horses thanks to Trixie Belden. After reading Trixie's first adventure, in which she and Honey cantered down the bridal path to solve a mystery, Janet was hooked. Then came Agatha, Sir Author, Rex, Daphne, and of course Dorothy L., who inspired her to name her horses after characters in the Lord Peter Wimsey series. Janet was encouraged to write after winning a fifth grade essay contest which was actually published in the local newspaper. After that, her writing took a deviant turn to ad copy, press releases, and commercials, for which she snagged a Matrix Award. After thirty years of convincing people to buy things they didn't need, she turned to her real love...mysteries. She penned her first novel "Murder at Morgan House", introducing amateur sleuth Ivy Snow, her psychic teenage daughter Jaycee, and potential paramour Detective John Garrett. Together they expose deadly secrets that lie beneath the veneer of quintessential American small town life.
Angela Dorsey, author of the WHINNIES ON THE WIND series, the HORSE GUARDIAN series, the FREEDOM trilogy, and more, loves both horses and books. She is thrilled that two of her passions can be combined to create an amazing third entity: stories about beautiful horses and their brave, kind-hearted girls. Many of her books for juvenile readers are set in the wilderness, and most contain a touch of magic. Her stories have been published around the world in nine languages, and are available as ebooks, paperbacks, and audiobooks.
Multi-award winning author, Ann Hunter, grew up barefoot with a herd of Arabian horses. She fell in love with racing at the age of 9 when her aunt brought her a magazine from Saratoga with Hall of Fame Jockey Julie Krone on the cover. Ann loves pedigree research, founded the Model Thoroughbred Racing Assocation, and dreams of one day building the real North Oak. She likes cherry soda with chocolate ice cream, is a mom first and a writer second, has a secret identity, and thinks the Twilight movies are cheesier than cheez whiz (which is why they are her guilty pleasure!) She lives in a cozy Utah home with her two awesome kids and epic husband
I'm an author of contemporary equestrian focused romance, and love describing our favourite four legged creatures as much as I love a steamy scene. I'm a happily married mum of 2 fiercely independent young women as well as 5 equines, 4 canines and a slightly annoying mouse catcher who likes to bring those outside rodents into my bedroom. We live in Essex, just outside of London in the UK however we dream of spending more time in the USA as a family where I can spend my days drinking my favourite Californian Sauvignon Blanc, while enjoying the views I adore in Ocala, Florida and Venice Beach, LA. Throw in some Cadbury Dairy Milk and you pretty much have my perfect life summed up in one.
Kerri Lukasavitz is the author of the middle grade novels, Mystery Horse at Oak Lane Stable (Book 1 - which won a 2018 Royal Dragonfly Book Award) and Gray Horse at Oak Lane Stable (Book 2), with Dark Horse at Oak Lane Stable (Book 3) underway. She has a BFA from MIAD and an MA in Creative Writing and Literature from Mount Mary University. She recently won the 2020 Lakefly Writers Contest for Flash Fiction, is the recipient of a 2021 residency at Write On Door County, and was the 2019 Hal Prize winner for Nonfiction.
Diana Tuorto is a Buffalo, NY-based children's author who wrote her first novel at the age of 12. Most her books are written from the horse's point of view. A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in English Writing and History, Diana is also an active horse rescue volunteer.
Linda Ballou, author of The Cowgirl Jumped over the Moon, loves seeing the world from the back of a good horse. Read articles about horse treks, guest ranches she has enjoyed and more about her book at
Author of young adult equestrian-fiction series, Red Rock Ranch, and young adult fantasy series, OverRuled. Brittney and her family live in their own piece of heaven in the Oregon countryside. They stay busy with their menagerie of silly horses, cackling chickens, wooly sheep, and two very naughty goats. When Brittney isn't writing, she's riding or reading. And she wishes she could do all three at the same time.
Eileen Watkins has ridden at lesson stables all her life, and briefly owned a mare who inspired the character of Valentine in REBOOT RANCH. After placing her chronically ill horse with a rescue farm, she decided to write the book as a tribute to the important work done by such organizations. Eileen also authors 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. She belongs to Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime.
Based in Central Florida, Natalie is a novelist and writer specializing in the equestrian lifestyle. Her books have a popular following around the world and sport several award nominations and wins, including the 2019 American Horse Publications’ fiction award for “The Hidden Horses of New York.” Natalie draws on 30 years of experience in everything from hunter/jumper to horse racing to create believable, relatable characters and settings.
Dr. Piper Klemm is the owner and publisher of The Plaid Horse. Her mission is to educate young equestrians in every facet of our industry and to empower young women in particular to find their voices and stories—and to share them.
Piper lives in Canton, New York, with her husband, Adam Hill. Adam is a Chemistry Professor at St. Lawrence University and the Faculty Mentor to the national champion IHSA Riding Team. She owns a fleet of lease ponies, and competes in the Amateur Hunter divisions with MTM Sandwich.
Combining her love of horses and all animals with her love of art has created many opportunities for Maureen Shelleau in her extensive career path. She is a noted equine artist, animator, art professor and children's book illustrator. She loves creating realistic as well as whimsical cartoon illustrations and has admired many equine authors and illustrators. She has a vast library of horse books collected since childhood. She is also an advocate for animal rights and owns and operates a hobby farm where she rescues horses, dogs, cats, other farm animals and rehabilitates injured or abandoned wildlife for release back into the wild. Maureen is currently working on the illustrations for upcoming publications in the 'Stepping Up Kindness Series', published by Above The Lead Line Productions. Illustrating and writing children's horse and animal books inspired by her own menagerie of equine companions and pets is truly a passion and a lifelong dream come true!
Anita Copeland Kess left behind the confines of college teaching for the wide open spaces of historical fiction. Using her experience living and working in Japan, China and Korea, she blends cultures and historical settings with magic and adventure. She loves intelligent and resourceful heroines in challenging times who find the companionship of a good horse is the key to their success and survival.
Kate Lattey lives in Foxton, New Zealand. She started riding aged 10, competing in a variety of disciplines as a teenager before gaining a BA degree in English Literature and Media Studies from Massey University.
Kate has run a riding school in New Zealand, worked as a livery yard groom in England, a trekking guide in Ireland, and a camp counsellor in NH, USA. She is a Pony Club coach, show hunter judge, show jumping course designer.
Kate has been reading and writing pony stories ever since she can remember, and loves sharing them with readers all over the world.
Laura began nagging her parents for a horse by the time she was three. At eleven, she presented her father with a financial plan showing him that it was cheaper to own a horse than to continue renting one. Pride was her first horse, followed by Chic, Sally, Shiloh & Patch. While they have all passed over the rainbow, they will forever live on in her equestrian novels.
I grew up in Vermont, loving horses, riding them, reading about them, and eventually, writing about them. I've written over 40 books for children and adults, both fiction and nonfiction, with horses being central to most of them.