December 19, 2014
December 12, 2014
A terrific Blog about Middle Grade books, FROM THE MIXED UP FILES, just posted an interview with Whitney about all her horse stories: Read it HERE
TREASURE can be ordered on Amazon, HERE.
October 20, 2014
Random House contacted me last year to illustrate a "special edition" in the HORSE DIARIES series for this Christmas. This was such a nice surprise, as they said they were stopping the series at #10. Which was sad, because my daughter Whitney wrote #5 and #10, and they are both popular and selling well. JINGLE BELLS is a Clydesdale, and the book is set in Wisconsin in 1915.
Below are two of my favorite scenes from the interior of JINGLE BELLS.
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August 28, 2013
Here is the cover of the book that my daughter Whitney wrote about a Connemara Pony. It is set in Ireland in 1917 during the Irish Rebellion. You'll learn about what it was like to be a working pony on an Irish farm during those times.
I traveled to Ireland with my daughters, Whitney and Morgan, to research the Connemara Pony in Ireland. Whitney is one of the authors in the series, (GOLDEN SUN) and got some great ideas for the story while we we there, and I took lots of reference photos of mares and foals, cottages, and scenery. The book, titled DARCY just came out this year, and is #10 in the series.
March 1, 2012
For the cover illustration of Book #8 in the Horse Diaries series, I used a horse at our barn named Joey as the model for this story about a wild mustang. Though he is a Paint and not a mustang, I felt his "type" was very similar, and as the mustang is composed of different breeds that had escaped into the wild over many years, I thought it would be fine to use him as a model. I did give him a wild, flowing mane. And he has "attitude."
August 12, 2011
Coming Out in September, 2011!!!!!
The next in the Horse Diaries series (lucky number 7 in the series) is Risky Chance. Born in California at the start of the Great Depression, Risky Chance is a gray thoroughbred who was born to race. Life at the track and being spoiled by his jockey's young daughter, Marie, is all Chance could ask for. He loves nothing more than running fast and winning. But after an accident, Chance discovers a side of horse racing that has little to do with glory.
You will notice that the model I used for the cover is much whiter and brighter than the cover itself. This is because horses are considered "gray" if they are white. They are born black, then over the years turn to a white color, and are gray in color for a few years. Wonderful to see!
Like the other books in this series, this novel is told in first person from the horse's own point of view and includes an appendix full of photos and facts about thoroughbreds, horse racing, and the Great Depression.