Connecting with Horses is published in the US by Ulysses Press
What inspired you to write this book?
The stories and teaching that animals horses us. I am amazed each time I am with a horse – just how wise and sentient they are. Humans are increasingly learning from horses in several ways. about their spiritual journey but , and this book explains how and why this is important for us . This book is the third in my trilogy of books about understanding horses.
How did you choose the title?
Like with all of my books, a horse inspired the title. I stood one day with a horse called Barney explained the book content and asked for inspiration as to what to call the book. The title then popped into my consciousness.
What obstacles did you encounter in getting this book published? How did you overcome them?
I was very lucky in that the publisher of my previous works, approached me to write this book.
However getting my first book Healing for Horses published was very difficult. Initially I approached all the horse book publishers, who said that there was no market for this topic . By chance I got involved with Rider Press and imprint of Random House, who loved the idea. The book came out in 2000 and was a world wide hit, triggering a watershed for spiritual books related to horses.
Tell us something about yourself.
I live in the New Forest national park area of Southern England, where ponies roam freely. I have been a full time animal healer and communicator for 15 years, having now taken part in around 15, 000 sessions.
Previously, I was Head of PR and Marketing for an international company, for whom I launched the outdoor clothing company Toggi. I invented the Toggi name too !
In 2000 my first book was published Healing for Horses, and 4 more books have followed. I am currently working on my sixth book.
I wrote Healing for Horses because I found that not one work book existed in the whole world on animal healing. After writing Healing for Horses I wrote Hands on Healing for Pets, followed by the other books.
I now teach around the world including the USA.
How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?
I have written stories and poems from a young age. In my PR and marketing career I did a lot of article writing . So I had already had some good practice when the opportunity to write books came along.
Do you have any writing rituals?
I sit in the garden , or spend time with animals to clear my mind for writing. I do not have a particular time of day allocated to writing, just whenever i have the time to fit it in.
How do you come up with the names for your characters?
Mostly they are true names, some have been changed to protect their privacy of clients, especially if famous.
Did you learn anything from writing and publishing this book? What?
That most training methods are based on myth and misunderstanding, and that many horses do not have the lifestyle that they need or deserve.
If you were doing it all over again, what would you do differently?
Be a bit more outspoken as regards the domination methods of training in the horse world, and the lack of freedom that many horses have to endure.
What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors?
I like books that educate me about energy systems such as Energy Medicine by James Oschmann.
I also like books about animal sentience such as those by Marc Bekoff . Marc is great because he is a Professor of ecology and so has access to facts and research studies, as well as being an intuitive animal rights supporter. He writes in a really easy to follow style too.
Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?
My next book is about animal communication and my work in this field, and will be out in 2012
What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?
Plan the book carefully before you start writing. Ask for feedback if you get turned down by a publisher so you can improve your ideas and presentation .
Who is the perfect reader for your book?
Spiritually minded people who want to understand not only animals, but themselves too.
Where can readers learn more about you and your book?