We asked author, Rose Miller (no relation) on why she writes books about horses and animals.
Enjoy this Guest Blog by Rose.
WHY I WRITE
By Rose Miller
I began writing my story, the story of my life actually, in the summer of 2005. As a woman who did not go 4 years to a college, get a degree and then do something “worthwhile” with it, I did not consider myself on par with my daughter Sharon who was brilliant in many things and became a top sales rep for Merck Pharmaceuticals, making big bucks, I might add, or daughter Michal who became a police officer, or my husband, who was a well loved chiropractor, or my son Roger who has a PHD in something and now has a top position in the Government’s National Institute of Health.
When Sharon was very sick she told me that my life experiences were worth as much as anyone’s education, and that I should write them down and she would make a “resume” for me to prove that I was as noteworthy as they. It never happened because I never sat down and did it and all too soon she was gone.
One cold, snowy winter evening I was reading a book about someone’s experiences with sheep dogs, I heard Sharon speak to me in my heart, “Mom, you can do that.” I had never ever thought about writing stories or for Heaven’s sake, a book! She was my inspiration and I just started to write. It was as though the stories mostly told themselves, and as my fingers flew over the computer keyboard I remembered things I had thought long forgotten.
The author of “The Horse That Wouldn’t Trot”
I started at the beginning of my life as a child who loved animals but had to do with the stuffed kind. Then when the family moved to a hilltop Pennsylvania farm, the real kind. Later when I married and we moved to Indiana, we eventually purchased a farm where I could follow my childhood dream: Raise horses. The story I was writing became several books, two still in the computer and the first one published: “The Horse That Wouldn’t Trot” about my life with horses, mainly the Tennessee Walking Horse. A horse that does not trot, but does a lovely gliding smooth gait instead.
“Mules, Mules and More Mules”
Two more books followed: “Mules, Mules and More Mules” about an older lady who retired from showing and breeding horses and desired the easy equine life. Getting a mule to trail ride did not turn out quite like I had expected, but I wrote about my adventures—some humorous, some educational.
The last book is about our dogs. The many, many dogs we have cherished and lost. In the words of a close friend: “The just do not live long enough” is surely true.
So I guess why I write is to continue sharing my life’s resume. One that has been made rich by the love and companionship of many four-footed furry creatures.
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Jody Miller is a professional photographer specializing in Horse Photography, Equine Photography, and Equestrian photography. Her work can be viewed online here in her gallery section, and she is also featured at these Arizona Galleries: Van Gogh’s Ear Gallery on Whiskey Row in Prescott, AZ and Coops Coffee House at Talking Rock Ranch. Gift Shop at The Phippen Western Art Museum