So who am I and why did I start this whole thing?
Wow, that’s a loaded question – I am not your average cowgirl, really.
My Amazon Author page says I’m a cowgirl that lives in East Tennessee on a horse farm and that I work in the healthcare industry, judge horse shows, and compete in anything from halter and hunter to cattle sortings and barrel racing. While I am all of those things, plus a blogger, that’s just hitting the tip of the iceberg.
I’m not your average cowgirl. I’m a bit of a horse nerd that never outgrew the fascination even though I’m on the downhill side of my forties. I always have been, am at the moment, and will always be enchanted, obsessed and mesmerized by horses. Every single day they manage to somehow make my heart skip a beat. It’s a love affair that I’ll have until I draw my very last breath, no doubt about it.
I’m also a girl that’s always struggled with my weight. I went on my first diet when I was in elementary school. I wore husky sizes and was thicker than most of my friends.
My dad owned a construction company and if I wasn’t hauling wood in for heat every day, I was pushing a wheel barrow around picking up anything from roofing shingles to brick. Every summer I spent at least two full days trimming a five acre yard with a push mower. Even though I was a bigger than a lot of kids, I was active and strong, but looking back I didn’t see it. All I saw was a size.
Of course, I progressed into adulthood and carried that same insecurity through failed relationships. I never thought I was pretty enough, small enough, or good enough because I didn’t fit into the mold of that perfect size to ride horses. It’s a miserable existence to live your whole life and never think you’re good enough.
If you compete, that kind of thinking has a huge impact on how well you do. We all know that in order to do well in the show ring we have to be confident. It’s hard to be confident when you don’t think you measure up.
So here I am going through the same struggles that many of you do. In the end, I’m just a real sized cowgirl that loves to break horses and ride.
In 2014, my first book Lost Betrayal came out with Solstice Publishing.
In the fall of 2015, my short story Winds On Indian Mound, came out in the anthology Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep – 10 Supernatural Bedtime Stories.
UPDATE – February 24th, 2016 Solstice Publishing release Winds On Indian Mound on its own as a single short story!
In 2016, my new children’s picture book, Francine The Workin’ Stock Cowgirl will be released with Dingbat Publishing under the name Jewel Thomas. I partnered with B.K. Kopman for the art in the book. She’s also a cowgirl!
So what is Francine The Workin’ Stock Cowgirl all about? See below…
FRANCINE THE WORKIN’ STOCK COWGIRL is a cute little twenty page picture book story of 1,000 words about a girl and her horse that don’t fit the stereo type for barrel racing. With the help of her new best friend, Flitter the horse, Francine realizes that she doesn’t have to be skinny to rope, ride and chase cans.
Francine has always been told that she has to fit the mold of being “itty bitty” to rope, ride, and chase cans. Flitter tells her that she’s “Workin’ Stock” like him. She’s made to do more than just look pretty and just like him, she can be fast. Ol’ Merle, the ranch’s number one guard dog, tries to discourage Francine but she takes a chance and tells him she and Flitter will barrel race to prove him wrong. If they run a slow time, they’ll only prove Merle right, but fortunately they run a white-knuckled time and prove him wrong!
The barrel racing world can be an extremely harsh place for adults and children alike if they don’t fit the mold. Plenty of people will tell them they can’t do it. That’s the inspiration for this book, that and the fact that Flitter was a real live horse that belonged to a friend of mine. He passed away a couple of years ago.
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