I am pleased to welcome Cathy Kennedy to the blog today with a post about her novel, Meeting of the Mustangs!
This is a kid's book written by a kid. Sort of. It's not exactly just for kids and it wasn't written only by a kid. This story began decades ago when I was around thirteen or fourteen years old, the best that I can recall. I know that I hadn't yet learned how to type. The first part of it was pecked out with one finger on an Olivetti typewriter. It was single-spaced and there were no margins to speak of, typed on heavy stock paper. Both the typewriter and the paper were given to me by my dad. I would sit at that typewriter in our old Victorian house and pound out the story of the wild horses. I guess after some time, I found more important things to do because it was abandoned at some point. While I went on with the business of life, that manuscript never left my possession. I often thought about it and pretty much knew how the story would continue and what the outcome would be, but I never actually wrote it down. Writer's Block is a real thing. Writing a book is not an easy task, and I finally convinced myself to finish it. Looking at that old manuscript, I knew that I first had to fix what was already there. Lots and lots of editing, although I wanted to try to keep it as intact as possible. It was challenging and very time-consuming, but, oh, how the computer helped! But enough about me. Here's my wild horses story. It's called Meeting of the Mustangs and you can find it at Amazon or other ebook retailers. If there's anyone out there who might be going through a similar dilemma, please know that it's not impossible. With today's technology and a fair amount of your time, you can let people read your creation without requiring a big, bad publisher. Maybe people will want to read it or maybe they won't, but that's not really the point, is it? I wish you determination, luck, and success!
A black colt is born into a band of wild mustangs and soon learns that life can often be difficult. Follow his story as he goes from a free spirit to being captured for profit, and discover how one man gains the trust and extreme loyalty of a very special horse.
About the Author
Cathy Kennedy spent the first years of her life growing up in Pennsylvania before moving to South Florida at age 17. She graduated from Atlantic High School in Palm Beach County and her professional life took her into the construction industry, where she was an Office Manager for twenty years. She is a history buff who also enjoys music, word puzzles, gardening, watching football, and the company of animals of all sorts. Her book, Meeting of the Mustangs, was started during her teenage years in Pennsylvania and would not be completed until many years later.
The story of the wild mustangs is somewhat reflective of her life living in the country, where her family owned horses. She wanted to complete the book for younger readers who have a love for horses, and finally convinced herself that she should continue the story where she'd stopped writing many years before.
She currently lives in Ohio with her husband and three rescued tuxedo cats.