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About how long does it take you to write a novel? Where do you get your inspirations? Do you have a favorite place to write?

Since writing In the Reins, I have gotten faster at writing my novels. Now, I can write a novel in about a year. I definitely get the most writing done in my home office during my morning writing sessions with the help of my husband (my human alarm clock)! We get up every morning at 5:30 am and start our day by taking care of the horses then walking our dogs. Taking in the beautiful Arizona landscape and then quieting my mind with some meditation really prepares me for creativity! Then I pour my first cup of coffee and settle into my office for my morning writing session. My morning routine is when my creativity is most alive.

No matter where I am I love to listen to music when I write ... all kinds of music ... what I listen to depends on my mood. Some days it’s classical, sometimes it’s a movie soundtrack, other days it’s jazz or classic rock, and a lot of the time it is country. I often write about what I’m listening to on my blog.

The biggest challenge is finding the time. My favorite Stephen King quote is, “The scariest moment is always just before you start.” I always worry I won’t have anything to say, but then I sit and make the time and the story magically starts writing itself through me. That is why the morning routine is so import- ant. It forces me to make the time to sit and write … no excuses.

If I get stuck, I get active and then ideas start flowing again. I’ll hit the gym and then after my workout (like magic) I’ll sit in the locker room and hand write a whole chapter in my journal. I get inspired driving, too. I have sticky notes all over the place. I don’t know why, but I like them. I am sure there is some sort of way to take verbal notes with my iPhone, but I just like grabbing a pen and a sticky note or my journal and getting the idea out before I forget it!

Carly Kade, you reside in Phoenix, and own your beautiful horse Sissy. Share with our readers, on how you like Phoenix?

I grew up on 5 acres in a small Michigan town called Clarkston. I later lived in New York City, Houston, TX and now Phoenix. When I arrived in Arizona, I knew that it was going to be my forever home. Everything about Arizona inspires me from seeing bronze horse statues every- where to the vibrant horse culture that is available to equestrians here. There’s a horse-related event every weekend somewhere. I live close to Westworld at the kind of picture perfect ranch I dreamed about as a little cowgirl. Our horse property is nestled between mountain ranges. I am so blessed that I can take Sissy across the street and trail ride in the Phoenix Mountain Preserve. The scenery is so breathtaking in Arizona that I’m inspired every single time I sad- dle up or take a walk.

How did you and Sissy meet?

Im Gonna Kiss You (Barn name = Sissy) is my adult horse, and the one I always dreamed of owning. She is a registered Paint mare. I bought Sissy in Michigan and she moved with me from there to Texas. Now, we’ve found our way west to Arizona where I ride her against a backdrop of mountains and experience the most breathtaking sunsets I’ve ever seen. I am one lucky cowgirl.

Sissy is the inspiration behind the In the Reins series. She’s taught me that good horse(wo)manship is a journey, not a destination. Sissy keeps me on my toes and perpetually teaches me something new, even after all of these years. I became Sissy’s owner when she was a three-year old and did a lot of her train- ing myself (with the help of a good coach and a lot of horse training books), so the lessons learned through those experiences helped bring Faith’s training to life in my books.

Sissy and I share a very close bond much like my leading lady, Devon Brooke, and her horse, Faith, do. Sissy is a lot like Faith because she is forever forgiving of my equestrian mishaps and loves me unconditionally.

I will own horses until I take my last breath. I love them that much. There is noth- ing more peaceful to me than the quiet bond between a woman and her horse.


I think my history with horses is a reason why other horse lovers have been drawn to my book series. I know what it feels like to enter a show pen and be nervous. I know what it feels like to be stuck with my horse’s training. I know what it feels like to swoon over a cute cowboy. Ha!

I hope that sort of authenticity comes through in my writing. I’m a horse owner. I’ve shown competitively most of my life. I write about my lifestyle, not something I’ve researched, but what I do. From a rocking horse, to a stick horse, to a Palomino-Quarter Horse, to a Paint Horse — the saddle has always felt like home. Carly Kade, you’re always supporting other Authors, Equestrians. Please share with our readers your latest Au- thor/Spotlight/Equestrian Podcasts? How our readers an access those podcasts?

I host a weekly podcast series called the Equestrian Author Spot- light featuring interviews with equine authors who love all things horses and writing about them. In each episode, listeners meet a new equine author and hear writing advice and marketing tips to help them write their own horse book. If you are an author, aspire to be an author, or simply love horse books then the Equestrian Author Spotlight podcast is the perfect place for you.

The Equestrian Author Spotlight podcast takes listeners behind- the-scenes to hear first-hand inspirational stories from equine authors and learn how they have transformed their skills and passions into horse books. Horse book lovers can tune in to watch the interviews on YouTube or listen in to the audio-only version on their favorite device. Many episodes of the series are available now with all new episodes being released each Wednesday. To listen to the Equestrian Author Spotlight, please subscribe to the podcast on YouTube, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, iHeartRadio, Spotify or via RSS, so you’ll never miss a show. For information on being a guest, visit: https://www.carlykade-

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