Hey guys! I’m back with more about “The Runaway Horse” by Michelle Tomars- but this time, it’s in her words! Here is the author herself, with a guest post (and giveaway)!
Why did you write this book (as opposed to another)?
I’ve been a freelance writer for several years and have always wanted to — and planned to — eventually write a book. Sometimes, though, you get so busy writing things for other people that there never seems to be enough time to put down your own thoughts. I was certain my first book would be a YA novel because all of the book ideas I had seemed to point towards that. I had several outlines made for different stories, but couldn’t seem to find the time or the motivation to really dig into any of them. None of them felt right for my first book. Then I went over to my parent’s house one night. My father was bursting with excitement and I knew he must have a new painting to show me. He started pulling out these beautiful watercolor scenes. All of them were winter scenes, all had a different animal and all had a person wearing… plaid.
“See, this is Plaid Son feeding the horses … And this is Plaid daughter riding her horse,” he explained excitedly.
He went through every watercolor and showed me the different family members doing daily chores and activities.
“I want you to make a story about them.” He said. “Will you write a little story to go with the pictures?”
I shook my head. “No.” I smiled. “This isn’t a story.” “It’s a series.” And just like that, The Plaid Family Adventures was born.
What makes your book unique or more interesting than others in the genre?
The story takes place in the make believe town of Plaidville where… you guessed it — everyone wears plaid! Each story is told from a different Plaid Family member’s point of view and features an adventure/conflict involving an animal based on real animals from our family ranch. By the end of each book, the problem is resolved and either a lesson is learned or the main character grows in some way.
Though the stories contain some fantastical elements that make them appealing to children, at the heart of each story is the honest portrayal of family, animals, small town values, and all the challenges that go along with living through a bitter, snowy winter in the north woods.
How do you choose the stories to tell in your books?
Our animals actually play a key role in the story telling. Jake, the horse in book 1 (The Runaway Horse) is a real horse on our family ranch. And I can vouch for the fact that he is just as naughty in real life as he is in the story! Annie, the cat in book 2 (The Lost Kitten), lives with my parents. And the parts of the story that pertain to how they acquired her are very true. Then of course as the author, I get to add in all the fun parts that also make it a work of fiction!
What other books have you written for children (or are writing)?
Book 3 in The Plaid Family Adventures (The Rescue Horse) is almost ready to go to the editor. The Rescue Horse is inspired by a Thoroughbred Stallion I rescued last winter. I’m pretty excited about this particular story. It’s going to be action packed and full of fun. In the story I’m also introducing some new and very interesting characters from a neighboring town. At this time, I also have plans for book 4 and 5.
Interested? Keep reading to find out more about the book and sign up for our giveaway!
About The Runaway Horse
A Plaid Family Adventure
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