I began writing professionally in 1969 when my first article was published in The Western Horseman magazine. Since then I’ve written hundreds of published articles, first specializing in horse magazines, then publications affiliated with Hobby Farms magazine. I’ve also written 13: 5 in the Hobby Farms series for Lumina Media (a.k.a. Bowtie Press and i-5 Publishing), 7 for Storey Publishing, and a new one for Princeton University Press. All relate to livestock or poultry including pigs, goats, sheep, cattle, chickens, donkeys, llamas and alpacas. Nowadays I write and self-publish ebooks.
I was horse-obsessed as a child and used my allowance, babysitting money, and berry picking income to buy my first horse when I was 12 years old; 60 years later I’m still going strong. Before a riding accident claimed my courage, I trained and showed western pleasure horses. I’ve also instructed stock seat equitation competitors, judged horse shows, rescued horses and donkeys, and bred Appaloosa, Morgan, Arabian, and Curly horses as well as miniature and large standard ADMS donkeys. Now I keep horses simply because I love them.
I live on a 29-acre property in the southern Ozarks along with my husband of 45 years and an animal family composed of horses, full-size and miniature; Ishtar, my donkey; a llama; Miniature Cheviot and Katahdin sheep; Nubian, Alpine, LaMancha, Nigerian Dwarf, MiniMancha, MiniMyotonic, and mixed breed goats; a tame razorback hog; chickens; and several cats and dogs, most of whom are former strays. The money I earn from writing is used to buy animal feed. Thank you for buying my books!