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Making of Moonlight Mirage Part 1: The Story

Published by • Jan 13th, 2008 • Category: How It's Made, International Horse


Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes to create the virtual horses in our stables? This 2-part blog will share details about the process for bringing Moonlight Mirage to life. First, an interview with the talented author Pony Princess about what went into creating the story that won last year’s Int*l Horse Competition.

LeadMare: What inspired the idea for Moonlight Mirage?

Pony Princess: A horse magazine inspired the idea because it had an article on Gypsy Vanner horses. I thought it would be fun to write a story of a Gypsy girl and her horse.

LeadMare: Why did you choose Gypsy Vanner as the breed for your Int*l Horse story?

Pony Princess: I chose the Gypsy Vanner breed because of their amazing history and plus they are my favorite breed of horses!

LeadMare: Teresa, your main human character, is a Gypsy in Romania. What made you decide to create a Gypsy character?

Pony Princess: Teresa and her family are Gypsies because the Gypsy people are one of the original breeders of Gypsy Vanner Horses.

LeadMare: How did you choose Romania as the location for your story?

Pony Princess: I chose Romania as the location of my story from a list of places because it is one of the countries that Gypsies and their horses live, and Romania is a place that few people have even heard of! I wanted to bring it to their attention.

LeadMare: Did you do any research to help inform details of your story? If so, what did you do?

Pony Princess: I did a lot of research for this story! First I looked in the encyclopedia for ‘Gypsy’, ‘Gypsy Vanner Horses’, and ‘Romania.’ Next, I searched the internet for pictures and articles of Romania, Romania scenery, and Gypsies. Then, I visited several websites to dig deeper into the Gypsy Vanner history.

LeadMare: What was your process for writing the story. For example: Did you think about it for a while before you started writing? Did you write it all at once or in parts? How long did it take you to write the story?

Pony Princess: I wrote the story in parts. I wrote a rough draft of each chapter, then I would revise it by putting the words into a different order or using a completely different word to express exactly how the characters were feeling. I wanted the reader to feel like they were there. Then I checked the spelling and usage words to make sure everything was correct. The whole process took about a week.

LeadMare: Often writers create characters that are similar to themselves. Do either Teresa or Mirage have similarities to you? If so, what are they?

Pony Princess: Teresa and Mirage are not very similar to me. Teresa has her own Gypsy horse, and I wish I had a Gypsy Vanner horse.

LeadMare: In your story, Mirage runs away but ultimately ends up being a hero to Teresa and her family. Is there a hero horse in your life? If so, tell us a bit about him/her.

Pony Princess: I don’t really have a hero horse in my life. I do admire the horses in books such as ‘Misty of Chincoteague.’

LeadMare: If you had one piece of advice for other young writers, what would it be?

Pony Princess: My advice for other writers is, don’t rush writing your story. I get better ideas for my stories if I take my time writing it. Another piece of advice I found from someone is don’t show your story to anyone else until you are happy with it. It was very helpful to me as I wrote Moonlight Mirage.

More stories, poems and blogs by Pony Princess: The Golden Egg, A Dream of Horses, Rocky Trails, Wild Stallion, Mustang: Wild Spirit of the West.

Coming January 16th — Making of Moonlight Mirage Part 2: The Photo Illustrations

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  1. LeadMare,
    This is GREAT! I love it, thank you for taking the time to do this!! 8-}

  2. I think it’s great insight into what it really takes to write a very good story! Congrats Pony Princess and thanks to LeadMare! SB :-h

  3. That was really interesting and like SB has said provides a great insight of what it takes to write a really good story. Great job on the blog LeadMare, and again, congratulations PonyPrincess, you deserved it. :D

  4. it’s kool that you interview the writer of the story LeadMare coz i’ve been working on lots of stories (horse and non horse ones)! i really liked the story PonyPrincess! good job! it’s interesting that you chose Gypsy Vanner Horses and Gypsy owners! it was really well done! :D

  5. Glad everyone liked hearing from Pony Princess. It’s nice to feature some of the regular/long-term Loft Book Club contributors and give them a chance to have discussion with their readers.

    If anyone else has questions for Pony Princess, I bet she wouldn’t mind answering.


  6. Thanks eveyone!
    Of course, I will be glad to answer any questions :)

    And here is an interesting fact, Gypsy vanners are the only breed of horse to have their name trademarked.

  7. This is cool, I never saw a blog on here that interviewed someone!

    Thanks Pony Princess for telling us about your story and thanks Leadmare for making this blog!

  8. This was really interesting. PonyPrincess you are a great writer!