What inspired you to write your book?
I grew up reading the Black Stallion and the Thoroughbred series, so naturally I was obsessed with horses and fell in love with horse racing. Of course, there isn’t a wealth of young adult books set in the horse racing world, so as soon as I gobbled up all of them that I could, I set about to write them!
About your Book:
July Carter’s world is perfect from the back of a horse. From the ground, everything is a complete mess: her jockey mom ran off for California years ago, her dad always seems more interested in the horses than in her, and the horse July wants for herself will never be hers.
Even though the New York racing circuit has taught her not to get attached, July can’t help connecting with Kali, a hopeless filly that refuses to run when it counts. When bankruptcy rumors start swirling around the barn, the future is murkier than ever. July can’t stand losing one more thing, and Beck, the barn owner’s son, knows more about the rumors than anyone else. July will get the truth, even if she has to pry it out of him, for Kali’s sake and her own.
Book Genre: Coming of Age, Contemporary, equestrian, family and relationships, horses, outdoors, romance, young adult
What formats are your books in
Both eBook and Print
How do you see writing a book in the Pet Genre as different from writing other genres of books?
Horse book readers are savvy, and they know their details. This is a genre where you can’t randomly make up your own rules or routinely get the important horse details wrong. It involves a ton of research, although that research is easier when you already love your subject. This is why I think the most successful horse books are written by people who are already part of that world. Horse book readers want their horses, but they also want those depictions to be accurate and told to them without the typical horse book formula. That was a challenge I was eager to accept!
Mara Dabrishus is an award-winning author of young adult equestrian fiction. Mara grew up in the Arkansas Ozarks, and is currently a librarian at a small private college in Northeast Ohio. When she’s not writing, she’s researching horse racing, out running, or riding a dressage horse in a series of circles. Stay the Distance is her first novel.