Author Q+A: E.H. Humphreys

What inspired you on this book?

Players: A Game of Grit and Glory is about a female professional polo player and her team; as a polo player myself I was inspired by the game and the extraordinary people I have met through the sport. It is a world unbeknownst to much of the population and one that I wanted to share.

Why did you want to become a writer?

I have always been writing, as a child I wrote little stories and as a teenager I wrote to escape from the agony that is high school. Writing has been a source of comfort and self-exploration throughout my life, however this was the first time I finished writing a novel.

What was the hardest part of creating this book?

Finding the time to write was difficult because I wrote Players whilst I was studying for my law degree. Getting started took more time than finishing because once I had written over half of the book I was so excited about the ending that I was more motivated to keep going.

What do you hope people gain from reading it?

Players is designed to be a book that people can dive into and escape from the trials of their own lives. I hope that it brings people enjoyment and that it makes the world more aware of this wonderful sport that is not just about the riches and glamour that is often associated with it; polo is about determination, teamwork, and horses over everything else. I hope that people are inspired by the strong female characters and the supportive friendships that are at the heart of the book.

When you were a kid, what were your favorite books?

Like any horse-mad teenager I was obsessed with horse-themed books and series like the Black Stallion series, the Thoroughbred series, the Saddle Club, and of course Seabiscuit. I, like most people of my generation, grew up with Harry Potter and I cannot fail to mention the effect that had on me and encouraged me to imagine and create.

What is your advice to people who are not excited about reading?

If a person is not excited about reading then they probably have not found the right book yet. Books are very personal, you are delving into your own unique interpretation of someone else’s universe. Don’t listen to what other people tell you that you should read, find something that you get joy from and want to continue reading. There are lots of sources where you can read the first chapter of a book to decide if it is something you want to continue with.

Why should we buy your book?

Players is a great book for anyone looking for an action-packed story that is fun and easy to read but full of soul.

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