What inspired you on this book?
My horse Blue Blue Sea, who was an off-track Thoroughbred. When he became sick, I started a Facebook page. I couldn’t believe the response. So many people flocked to his page and most of them were facing their own illnesses and found comfort in treading about Blue’s triumphs.
Why did you want to become a writer?
I don’t know that I ever “wanted” to be a writer. It just sort of happened. From a young age, I would make up tales and write them down. Writing is my outlet and something I am compelled to do.
What was the hardest part of creating this book?
Rhyming! Children appreciate the sing-song meter and rhyming seen in so many children’s book. I did a lot of research looking into what makes a great children’s book. The rhymes could really be challenging at times and a rhyming dictionary became my best friend.
What do you hope people gain from reading it?
I hope to keep Blue Blue Sea’s memory alive and build on his legacy of overcoming long odds and inspiring others along the way.
When you were a kid, what were your favorite books?
All of the Greek myths were some of my absolute favorites. I loved the magic and mysticism in them. I recall really loving Hugo the Hippo and Brighty of the Grand Canyon.
What is your advice to people who are not excited about reading?
Think of reading like a movie, but where you get to make all he calls – select your favorite actors, dream up the scenery and special effects. You’ll be amazed at what your mind can create if you give it a change.
Why should we buy your book?
I think you’ll be inspired by the positive story that was Blue Blue Sea’s life, even in the face of an early death. Additionally, we often donate a portion of the proceeds to a variety of nonprofits to further good in the world.