Before I could say anything else, the front door swung open and my brothers came in. Aidan was first into the kitchen, making a natural beeline towards the fridge. “Sorry we’re late. Took longer than I thought to go through the place.” “How was it?” I asked, because I knew that Mum wouldn’t. She was… Continue reading Excerpt from Pony Jumpers #9: NINE LIVES
When I discovered Qzzr.com, I already had my first Pony Jumpers quiz written. But I quickly realised that on Qzzr, you can make quizzes with outcomes, such as “You’re a Hufflepuff!” Since then, I’ve been biding my time (aka trying to find the time) to write a “Which Pony Jumpers character are you?” quiz. Last night,… Continue reading Which Pony Jumpers character are YOU?
Are you a PONY JUMPERS super-fan? Put your knowledge (and your memory!) to the test in this fun quiz! Click here to start! How did you go? Did you get stuck on any of the questions, or are you a pro? The quiz software doesn’t seem to give you a chance to review your answers, so… Continue reading A Pony Jumpers quiz!
It is a truth universally acknowledged that although a majority of top professional riders are male, equestrian sports in general are dominated by women. Perhaps as a reflection of that, the majority of equestrian fiction, especially juvenile or YA equestrian fiction, is told from a female perspective. As someone who has read countless pony books over… Continue reading Let’s hear it for the boys
Jonty Fisher hasn’t grown up with horses. Hasn’t grown up with much of anything, tell you the truth, except a love for being outdoors and a restless energy he can’t quite contain. The unexpected arrival of a bedraggled black pony on his eleventh birthday marks the beginning of a new direction in his life, setting… Continue reading New release: JONTY
While checking some story points for the upcoming prequel JONTY, I came across this little scene from FOUR FAULTS, which made me smile. So in case you haven’t read that book yet, here’s a taste: “I have a question.” Bayard looked over his shoulder at me as Rusty strode up the track ahead of us. “Shoot.” “If you… Continue reading Excerpt: #4 Four Faults
I recently came across a question on Facebook from a reader who wondered why the characters in YA pony fiction, in particular, all seemed to have absent, uncaring or incompetent parents. Describing these characters as “almost orphans”, she wanted to know if this was deliberate on the part of the authors, and whether there was… Continue reading Almost Orphans: the absence of adults in YA fiction