When I started writing IRISH LUCK, I’d simply intended it to give Dan’s backstory. Keeley inserted herself into the story too, and I wrote the first few chapters thinking that this book, with protagonists aged 12 and 8, was going to end up aimed slightly younger than the rest of the PJ series. But what… Continue reading Excerpt from Pony Jumpers Special Edition #2 – IRISH LUCK (2)
1 THE TALK OF THE TOWN Dan leaned against the rail and watched the ponies canter around the collecting ring. Hairy-legged cobs were being overtaken by high-strung blood ponies, straining at the bit, barely held with tight martingales. Cresty Welsh Cobs pinned their ears and turned their faces out of the rain as athletic Connemaras… Continue reading Excerpt from PONY JUMPERS: Special Edition #2 – IRISH LUCK
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
Another quote from my first book, “Flying Changes”. I would guess that anyone who has read the book knows which scene this comes from!
When I sat down on my bed in Ireland two years ago and started writing, I had only the vaguest idea of the story I was trying to tell. All I knew was that I had just been watching some YouTube videos of the 2010 NZ Pony of the Year winner, Showtym Viking, and his… Continue reading More than just a good idea…
Well, I finished the first draft of “Cruise Control”, the day before I headed overseas on holiday. I printed out three copies, posted one up North, gave one to my mum and took one with me to read on the plane. It wasn’t long before I realised that the book has problems. When I start… Continue reading And so the editing continues…
I thought I would give you a taster of what my newest book, “Cruise Control” is all about, so here’s the draft back cover blurb: Saying goodbye to the ponies she loves is never easy, but it has become a way of life for Marley Carmichael, whose family makes their living by training and selling… Continue reading “CRUISE CONTROL” – coming soon!