Riding Life: Ben and the Tortoise

I haven’t written about my riding in a hot minute, and since that’s where my blogging (and fiction) days began, I thought: today’s ride definitely deserves a blog post. You see, everything looked so promising. Everything started out so well. And then, Florida happened. THE TALE OF THE TORTOISE AND THE BEN At my old farm out…

Fall Comes to Florida

October is here! I love October. I’ve never liked September, not for a single moment, but October is lovely and I’m here to tell you why. First, October is when fall comes to Florida. How can you tell it’s fall? The light, for one thing, and that’s not the bit I like–I love the bright,…

Autumn Meet-Up at Equine Affaire 2019

It’s that time of year again! I love going to Equine Affaire. Yes, it’s Massachusetts in November, which is… chilly. But it’s charming! The autumn leaves, the colonial towns, the SNOW FLURRIES (that totally happened last year). For me, a Floridian, it’s a wow. Plus, Equine Affaire brings together so many horse people in one…

Don’t Hate the Side-Hustle

The side-hustle is getting a lot of grief these days. Having a side-gig is getting blamed for everything from millennial burn-out to the accusation that we’re turning our hobbies into jobs because of online/offline peer pressure (and thus hating our hobbies for being our jobs). And while it’s true the entrepreneurial mood right now is…

5 Questions with Equestrian Author L.R. Trovillion

So, here’s the thing. I love social media, because it’s given me a chance to meet wonderful people (like you, probably!) but we have to admit it, there’s a flaw in its design. All of those short sentences and catchy captions don’t give us nearly enough time to really get to know each other! For…

Why Blogging Matters – So You Want to Write a Horse Book: Part Three

When you’re getting ready to write a horse book, it’s important to get one major hurdle out of the way first: Your thin skin. Look, we’re all pretty tough. We’re horse-people. We’re used to getting beat up and dragged around — both physically and mentally. But you have to be ready to take some heat…

So You Want to Write a Horse Book: Part One

Updated March 17, 2019 by Natalie Keller Reinert I’ve been writing horse books for the past eight years. It started out as a wish: I wish there were more horse books I wanted to read! It turned into a project: I’m going to write a book I’d like to read. It ended up as a career: in 2019,…

Taking Chances: Equestrian Writers Who Collaborate Instead of Competing

This post originally appeared at Retired Racehorse Blog in 2013. I’m a huge proponent of independent publishing, not least because it has allowed horse books to enter a whole new level. Gone are the days when I could choose between a $5.99 paperback from the Thoroughbred series or a $35.95 hardcover tome on dressage principles if…

Launching the 4th Book: Turning For Home

Launching Turning For Home was my most challenging book launch to date. The fourth book in a series — how do you share that with readers who are new to the series? Compared to Ambition, I barely did any promotional work at all. I just plain didn’t know what to do. After all, I couldn’t exactly send it to…