Inspiration is Where You Find It

Since my Muse has ADHD, I normally don’t lack for ideas and when I do, something tends to pop up that gives me a shove in the right direction.

I’m an Oklahoma girl, bred, born, and raised. I remember hanging out in my front yard hoping one of the big kids would come down the street riding their horse and I could beg a ride. I was thrown when I was four, crushing every bone in my right wrist. I still have trouble with it today.

When I was 13, a couple of weeks after my grandfather died, my dad took me to a horse ranch. The breeder owed the estate money and they’d worked out a deal whereby I could pick out my first horse. I did–a stripe-backed dun with a sorrel mane and tail and a white blaze. I named him Lucky-A-Go-Go. My dad sold him when I went off to college. My sophomore year, I bought a gray horse named Traveler and I learned English, jumping, dressage, and eventing. I sold him when I moved home. Both went to little girls who loved all things horse.

I bought ten acres of land just outside of my hometown. I built a house and a barn and my dad and I started breeding Quarter horses. I had a riding horse, too, named Saddle Tramp. He was also a dappled gray. We had Fancy, and Priss, and their colts. I showed them in horse shows. Did some rodeoing. I attempted to ride a reining horse. It’s sort of like dressage but…western. It’s hard with a saddle and bridle. But to do it like this young woman? And for the reasons she did? Yeah. That sniffle you heard was me and I’m blaming any typos on the tears. But she’s so gonna be a heroine in one of my For the Love of a Cowgirl books. That’s a promise!


About Silver James

I like walks on the wild side and coffee. Lots of coffee. Warning: My Muse runs with scissors. Author of two award-winning series--Moonstruck and The Penumbra Papers, Red Dirt Royalty (Harlequin Desire) & other books! Purveyor of magic, mystery, mayhem and romance. Lots and lots of romance.
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13 Responses to Inspiration is Where You Find It

  1. You’re not supposed to make me cry first thing in the morning =op

    I never had a horse of my own, but I lived down the road from a Arabian breeding facility whose manager took pity on me and taught me how to ride in exchange for cleaning stalls. Those were the days.

  2. Janet says:

    Yep, crying here, too! Great video – and the love between girl and horse is palpable!! Never been much of a horse person – like them, never really wanted to ride them. Can’t wait to see what you do with the inspiration, Silver 🙂

    • Silver James says:

      Horses are one of those creatures that you are absolutely crazy about or you just don’t get it. This is the last book in the Cowgirl series (hope to have some news about it by the end of the month…) and it’s totally a different direction than I’d planned but she works as a heroine with that particular hero. Outcasts brought together by a horse. 😉

  3. ban says:

    I confess, as I was first watching the video I couldn’t understand why ya’ll were crying … I’ve heard the song before and I’ve seen people do amazing things with animals (ever see that dancing dog – he has a whole, complicated routing down !!!) but before I realized it, I was getting all chocked up !!! I guess it’s just that whole spiritual connection to an animal thing and of course, the dedication that got to me and I didn’t even feel it sneaky up.

    • ban says:

      PS: I liked horses growing up too but I never had one or worked for a stable … I am pleased to say that they are my youngest daughter’s favorite animal (she’s painting one now) and wants to grow up to be a ‘horse rider and a singer’ – we told her she should be a country western star 😉

    • Silver James says:

      I purposely didn’t mention that she’s deaf, though if you watch the beginning closely, you’ll see her sign to people standing next to her. And yeah. Sneaky tears. I’m all over that excuse! 😉

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