Price McNaughton is taking part in a book tour over the month of April to get her new equine novel out there. She has been kind enough to answer questions regarding writing horses as a career.
Have you always been interested in horses and when did you start out in the industry? What is it exactly that you do?
I’ve been interested in horses since I can remember. I majored in Horse Science in college and then ended up moving to Lexington and working with racehorses. After a move home to try my hand at barrel racing, I was involved in a serious riding accident.
While I still ride and hope to one day barrel race again, I began focusing on writing while healing from my accident. Now, I write mysteries and I have just finished Murder is Ugly, the first in a series featuring Jinx Delaney and her horse, Ranger.
How much of your day/week is related to horses?
When I travel and work with horses at seasonal jobs, it varies. On a day to day basis as a writer, I interact with my own horses. I guess you could say that I go from working with other people’s horses as a job to working with my own for pleasure while writing.
In this field of work, is it possible to be a full time professional and earning a liveable income?
Yes, I believe so. While I am not at that level yet and am supplementing my income with other jobs and opportunities, I can easily see this turning into my full time profession with a liveable income.
What are the general steps taken to be employed in such a role?
Read! It’s a must. Also, you must begin writing as much as possible. After you have finished your book, you will have to decide if you want to self-publish, indie-publish, or try to be traditionally published. Research each and decide which one is for you and then go from there.
Favourite horse memory?
The first time I rode my adopted American Mustang, Dillinger. I trained him myself and I was the first one on his back. Love him!
To continue writing and build my audience. I also want to turn a few of my stories/books into plays.
Best thing about your sport/profession?
Reader feedback. Hearing from a fan can make your day! Also, the flexibility to pursue anything and everything that interests me in the name of research for a book.
“When in doubt, ask a horse.”