Writing what you Know

I love to read horse books that are interesting and factual.  It’s entertaining to read stories that are fiction by authors who have a great imagination.  And it’s also great to read a horse book that teaches you something.

There are many authors that I have read who have taught me something as I’ve read and been entertained by their books.  However, there are also horse books that I’ve read that make me cringe.  Facts are incorrect or just unbelievable.

Thoroughbred Breeders #3 by Christine Meunier / ChristineMeunierAuthor.com
Thoroughbred Breeders #3 by Christine Meunier / ChristineMeunierAuthor.com

It’s a delight to read books that are obviously by horse people.  In the books that I write, I try to make sure the information is correct and informative.  As someone who has worked in the equine industry for 15 years, I love to be able to spin examples from my working life into my stories.

I worked as a stud hand looking after mares, foals and yearlings for many years.  This particular job has helped to shape ideas for my debut novel Horse Country and my Thoroughbred Breeders series.  My work as a horse riding instructor and experiences on an agistment (livery) property have helped to shape the Free Rein series for younger readers.

As an equine author, it is important to write what you know.  That said, there is nothing wrong with researching a concept or topic to include in your story.  It can help to develop the plot, characters within the story and to make a story authentic.  I enjoy learning along with my characters and work hard to make sure the horse facts are correct within each of my stories.