So, Who Is F.J. Thomas?

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 southern girl with a western heart that lives in East Tennessee with the love of my life 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 almost fifty. 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.


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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 a month 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 or be what most considered pretty. It’s a miserable existence to live your whole life and never think you’re good enough.

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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” target=”_blank”>Lost Betrayal came out with Solstice Publishing. I’m currently working on the movie script for Lost Betrayal after receiving a request for the script!
Lost Betrayal

Lost Betrayal

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 released Winds On Indian Mound as a stand alone short story.



In 2016, my new children’s picture book, Francine The Workin’ Stock Cowgirl was 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!
Francine, Flitter, and Merle

Francine, Flitter, and Merle

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.


In November 2017, my newest children’s Picture book, Pedro’s Problemo about a Chihuahua that has to ride a horse to prove he’s royalty from Mexico released with Dingbat Publishing! Young Brady Ballard is the artist I’ve teamed up with for this project and I love the unique vision she has brought to this story!

Visit my author page for Jewel Thomas on Amazon.


Musings From The Leadrope

Talking In The Barn


7 thoughts on “So, Who Is F.J. Thomas?

  1. You have some great and emotionally empowering writing on your blog. Thank you for this. As someone who has recovered from an eating disorder, reading your story is a great reminder why I stay on track – to stay strong, healthy, and fit in a good way so I can do what I do and love most, no matter my size. I have never felt stronger and more confident in how I look, and it is refreshing to read your blog.


  2. Love your site and its name! 🙂 I’ve been doing these same things for a couple of months. My goals are to bring my blood sugar down, continue to lose a little weight, and be able to wear a belt and buckle again! I’m in middle TN and our daughter shows in 4-H and saddle club on her paint. I’ve started riding again and have shown in saddle club with her. Your site is very encouraging. I’m sure we’ll see you around! 🙂


  3. I completely relate to everything! I grew up being told I was big boned, husky and the worst “and she has such a pretty face” so that I felt like a freak. When I look back at pics of me I see now I was not fat, as I was always told. What lifelong damage. At 54 I still struggle with it today even if I try not to 😀 And boy, do I miss my horses tho’


    • Thanks for visiting the site Shana, and thanks so much for sharing. It’s encouraging to hear from another woman that can relate to the same struggle.You are absolutely right – it’s a struggle your whole life! I encourage you to get some horse time 😁 because it definitely helps!


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