Let me introduce to you, Susan Count, author of children's books about horses! Check out her beautiful book covers and her wonderful stories.
How many twists and turns can one person take before they figure out what they were born to do? Susan’s degree is in Applied Science—nothing in that prepared her to write novels for children.
But one day, she began to write with no preconceived ideas. No one could have been more astounded than she was when it turned into a book. Two years of critiquing, beta reading, editing, and more editing later—she published Selah’s Sweet Dream. It has three first place awards, 4.9 stars/45 reviews on Amazon.
Selah’s Sweet Dream is the story of a girl who wants to be an equestrian super star and a horse with an ATTITUDE.
Mary’s Song is the story of her grandmother’s legacy at the same age as Selah. It has 4.7 stars/33 reviews and three first place awards.
Twelve-year-old Mary longs to have a horse of her own, but she’s limited to reading horse books. A talented artist, she spends her days on a blanket in the grass sketching the horses at the farm next door. She falls in love with one of the foals and is outraged to learn the filly is considered worthless as it was born lame.
Mary befriends and enlists the help of twelve-year-old Laura, whose family owns the horse farm. Against the better judgment of the farm manager, a brief reprieve is negotiated for the foal’s life. The girls conspire to raise money to save her, but time is running out. Sadly, it appears the expensive surgery the foal needs has little chance to correct the problem anyway. Mary isn’t about to let her own disability hold her back. She sacrifices what she holds dear—the trust of her papa— to gain her heart’s desire. But she could lose everything in her struggle to save the foal.
The writing process gave Susan great joy and restored her spirit after a season of loss. The motivation was her desire to bless her granddaughter with a wholesome story to show her a love relationship in a family, with the Lord and with a horse.
But the passion behind her work is renewed from letters that come from young fans. One recently told her she felt like she was riding in the buggy with Mary and Laura. A grandmother admonished Susan to stop saying the books are juvenile fiction because she adored reading them and it made her feel like she was twelve years old again. Love from fans keeps Susan writing.
Susan adores grandchildren, horses, bunnies, mochas, the beach, forest trails, and especially joy found in the Lord. Instilled with the need to create, she loves building projects and writing adventure stories. She is a life-long equestrian and is owned by a Rocky Mountain Horse. Though she is a rider and lover of horses, she makes no claims of expertise in any riding discipline and each book requires thoroughly research to avoid annoying those who would know.
She writes at an antique secretary desk that occupies a glass room with a forest view. Fittingly, it once belonged to the same wise grandmother who introduced Susan to the love of reading via Walter Farley’s horse books. That desk has secret compartments which hold memories, mysteries, and story ideas.
As a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, American Christian Fiction Writers, and Texas Association of Authors, she’s been blessed with an abundance of educational and developmental resources and support. She belongs to numerous Facebook author communities which have been immensely helpful in navigating the challenges of publishing and marketing.
She says the only thing more fun than riding might be writing horse adventure stories and she invites you to saddle up and ride along.
You can learn more about Susan’s work by visiting her website.