Author Erin Elliott (“Mira’s View” – Sword of Lumina book 1, due out from Fire and Ice in June 2014) took some time from her busy schedule to interview fellow Fire and Ice author C. S. Adler about her latest book “Scarecrow on Horseback.”
Humiliated by an experience with her stepsister’s horse Mel refuses to become a rider, but she loves horses. When her mother gets an office job on a dude ranch, Mel is happy to scoop poop and do other scut work just to be near her favorite animals.
The trouble is every time she bonds with a horse something bad happens. It seems she is jinxed, that is until she develops a relationship with a mustang that rich Mr. Jefferies has bought. Then Mel risks everything to make that wild horse her own.
CS: I could make up a story to answer question one, but the truth is I don’t know how I got the idea for SCARECROW ON HORSEBACK. Either that or I just don’t remember.
Erin: Have you grown up with horses? If so did you have a favorite horse growing up?
CS: I grew up in New York City, an animal lover for sure, but my only experience with horses was falling off a farm horse my cousins let me ride on my grandparents’ farm in the Adirondaks one summer vacation week when I was about ten, and then falling off one in Central Park on an early date with my future husband when I was sixteen.
Erin: Did you ever work on a dude ranch? Or is that something that you would have like to do?
CS: A dude ranch? To a N.Y.C girl, that was an exotic dream destination, not a reality until I was middle-aged and celebrating an important wedding anniversary.
Erin: What is your favorite type of horse?
CS: The only horse I remember is one who came over and bumped his head against my chest in a field of horses one day. I fell in love on the instant.
Erin: How long have you been writing?
CS: I have been writing fiction since I was seven years old,, more than seventy odd years ago.
Erin: Are there any other books that you are working on?
CS: I am always working on another book, but none with horses right now.
Erin: Will you be making a sequel with Mel?
CS: A sequel with Mel? Not unless some readers want me to write one.
Erin: Are there any words of wisdom you would like to pass on to future writers?
CS: To future writers I would say, keep a journal; it’s incredible how much you forget, even of the important things in your life that you think are engraved in your memory.
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Born in New York City at the end of the great depression, I graduated from Hunter High School and College, got married, worked in advertising, had three sons, and spent thirty some years in upstate New York where I was an English teacher at Niskayuna Middle School for nearly a decade. My husband and I retired to Tucson, Arizona where I fell in love with the desert. I am a passionate tennis player, grandmother and nature lover, and have been a full time writer since the publication of my first children’s book, THE MAGIC OF THE GLITS.
That book won both the William Allen White Award and the Golden Kite Award. My novel, THE SHELL LADY’S DAUGHTER, was chosen by the A.L.A. as a best young adult book of 1983. WITH WESTIE AND THE TIN MAN won the Children’s Book Award of the Child Study Committee in 1986 and that committee commended many of my novels. SPLIT SISTERS IN 1987 and GHOST BROTHER in 1991 were I.R.A. Children’s Choices selections. ONE SISTER TOO MANY was on the 1991 Young Adults’ Choices list. ALWAYS AND FOREVER FRIENDS and EDDIE’S BLUE WINGED DRAGON were on a 1991 I.R.A. 99 Favorite Paperbacks list.
ONE UNHAPPY HORSE won the ASPCA Henry Berg Award in 2002.
Many of my books have been on state lists and have also been translated and published in Japan, Germany, England, Denmark, Austria, Sweden, Norway, Finland, France, and currently Turkey.
About Erin Elliott
I’ve been a preschool special education teacher for the last ten years. I’ve always wanted to be a writer and started writing stories and “books” when I was in high school. I have three books coming out, The Sword of Lumina series. I love spending time with my family, reading, summer and the sun. My lifelong dream is to live in Hawaii someday.
Mel, the heroine in “Scarecrow on Horseback” has a fear of riding horses. Leave a comment below sharing your biggest fear to be entered to win a free ebook copy of the book.
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The winner will be chosen on (or shortly after) May 7, 2014.