Welcome to my blog! This is the place where I’ll talk about all things novel related, especially those that pertain to my book, When Horses Had Wings (Corncob Press).
When Horses Had Wings is a story about Renee, a young girl who struggles to find love and acceptance in a remote Texas town. She marries young, drops out of school, and has a baby at age 17. From there, times only get harder as her garbage collector husband turns violent. Renee attempts to navigate a course to a better future, with no one to lead the way except an elderly neighbor and a mother who hasn’t yet fully defined her own life.
You’ve likely heard the adage, “Write what you know.” Though this story mirrors much of my earlier challenges as a teen parent, When Horses Had Wings is a fictional tale. I guess you could say it was inspired by my experiences and those of others I’ve known or read about. Within the next several blog posts, I’ll expand more on that thought.
Here are some of the questions I’ll be addressing in future posts:
What prompted my switch from humor to novel writing?
What are some of Renee’s and my life similarities?
What is the significance of the book’s title?
Does the town of Lolaville, Texas, really exist? (I can’t wait to explain that!)
What surprises occurred during the process of writing and editing When Horses Had Wings?
What is my favorite part of the book?
How did the idea for this book originate?
Where can you learn more about some of the nostalgic items mentioned in the book?
If you have other questions you’d like answered, please post them in the comments section and I’ll do my best to provide a response. Also, as I post the answers to the above questions, I’ll link back to them from this post.
I’m excited to share my passion for this story with you!
First up, I’ll tell you how and when the story idea for When Horses Had Wings originated. When I do, you’ll likely think I’m either well-connected…or schizophrenic!