This is my brand new release coming out in May and I'm very excited. So much of this story evolved into something far deeper and more emotional than I'd initially anticipated.
The idea for this story started while I was attending our local ANZAC day march in Bowraville last year.
An image of a young man dressed in the Light Horse uniform, reenacting a trooper from WW1 walked out of the our old pub, that had been there during those first heady days of the war being announced. It was an image that suddenly transported me back through time and I felt as though I were watching an actual event that could have taken place during the first world war.
Following this, while researching a question I had about a horse that I wanted to include in the book, I contacted the Guy Fawkes Heritage Horse association which is located not too far from me, about a pretty general horse question, only to discover that the entire location in my book was wrong and I needed to move the entire town from where I originally situated it in central NSW to the hinterland of Dorrigo, Ebor and surrounding areas. Everything suddenly fell into place with the inclusion of a wild horse from the area and the story went on to reveal itself in ways that I had not anticipated when I started writing.
Through this initial contact with the association and then further conversation, I became a member and then an owner of two heritage horses which I've since added to my little family of oldies I'd taken in.
Who knew that writing this book would have such a huge impact on my life (and that of my poor husband who was still trying to wrap his head around two horses, and now has to adjust to having four!)
There are so many elements of this story that opened my eyes to so much heroism and sacrifice; from our brave ANZACS and the feats that both man and horse achieved in the light horse regiment, to our front line ambulance officers of today and during the tough first world war era. They created this story and told me what they wanted to say, I just wrote it down.
I can not wait to share this book with you all, its been a while since a book I've written has had such a huge tug on my heartstrings the way this one has, and I sincerely hope you are as touched by reading it as I was researching and writing it.