The books I loved most as a child were about horses. After reading Mary O’Hara’s Wyoming ranch stories, I decided I was one day going to own a race horse and marry a rich rancher although–not necessarily in that order.
The “rich” part of the ranch equation was my own invention, since it was clear, after reading My Friend Flicka and Green Grass of Wyoming, that money could be a sore point between ranchers and their wives, not to mention race horses don’t come cheap. I decided to simply side-step the issue with appropriate planning.
But when I started dating there were no ranchers in the offing, rich or otherwise. Instead, I fell in love with a fellow graduate student at the University of Kansas. Not only does my husband not share my love of horses, he doesn’t even particularly like them, given that one stepped on him with deliberate intent when he was ten.
After years in academia, I took a turn down another road and began writing fiction. My first novel, Dreams for Stones was originally published by Samhain Publishing on Christmas Day 2007 and has now been re-released. The protagonist is both a university professor and part-time rancher – proof perhaps that dreams never truly go away, but continue to influence our lives in unexpected ways.
Those unexpected influences have continued to inspire my writing. More about that in the following Friday Talk at Ten interview with Joan Bryden.