Thursday, May 31, 2012

Horses as Special Friends

 I know you write characters who have a disability. How does that disability affect the characters?

My characters that have disabilities grow and expand their potentials In order to
achieve their goals, and  more. This is a true state of life I have learned first hand
growing up. I wanted it all - friends, fun, college, marriage, children - but it didn't just happen. Like writing my stories, I had to work at it all, just harder than some other folks. For example, in college I spent hours after class memorizing my books in order to offset anything extraneous in the lectures, and so made the good grades I was used to. So do my disabled characters go the extra mile but like everyone in real life, they grow, each in their different ways.
 Mauranie Wells in my debut novel Breaking Point has a hearing disability and has situated herself so she controls when and how she communicates with others. She perhaps overdoes the controlling of her life and has to learn to be more accepting
of assistance when it is offered.
Mauranie's horses are her special friends, so tolerant, like my own were and yet sensitive to her moods. My horses became so they looked out for me, and would cue me in to things I didn't hear, such as other horses approaching from behind, by flicking an ear back. This was invaluable to prevent me from turning my horse into an oncoming one when practicing dressage routines at the stables.
In my coming August release, Substitute Lover, a youth loses a lower leg due to an infected gunshot wound while rescuing the heroine. He turns his back on the world. He has to learn to adapt to new ways that enable him to again race his horse about, his joy in life, and do again everything he did before the leg injury.
In a later coming book of mine, To Kiss A Stranger, the blinded Sheriff has only her kisses to locate the stranger after she saved his life. Now that is a problem to resolve!

Breaking Point is available now in many eBook formats at


  1. I've enjoyed your posts. Wish you luck with your books. Are you familiar with Judith Tarr? She's also hearing-impaired, lives in AZ and raises Lipizzans. She also writes historical/fantasy books.

  2. Delores Goodrick BeggsMay 31, 2012 at 6:49 PM

    I love Judith Tarr's books and have read them. She always puts one deaf character in her books. In fact I once interviewed her for another publication and she was so gracious. Like me, she wrote regardless the situation, enjoyed a full life,and was employed (back then, anyway.)