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Virtual Press Conference With Terri Farley

Published by • Jul 5th, 2008 • Category: Books & Writing

Terri FarleyPICTURE THIS. You’re a passionate young journalist who’s been given her first BIG assignment. Your editor is sending you to a press conference at Girls Horse Club featuring Terri Farley, an avid horse activist and author of the Phantom Stallion and Wild Horse Island book series. Your assignment: Write a feature story that touches on Ms. Farley’s experience as a writer/journalist, but is primarily focused on what inspires and informs her work. Finally — a dream assignment and your first shot at a byline!

You arrive an hour early for a chance to visit the GHC horses before taking a seat toward the front, only to discover that many others had the same idea. The packed barn is buzzing with energy from eager journalists wanting to get at least one of their questions answered by Terri herself, and hoping to walk away with the inspiration and information needed to complete a story by their deadline of July 30th. Whew, you’re already starting to sweat.

Just when the energy is about to explode, a hush spreads through the crowd. The conference moderator steps up to the podium and taps the microphone. The horses perk their ears in her direction, curious about the noise and excitement.

“Welcome to Girls Horse Club. To start, we’d like to thank Terri Farley for letting us host her press conference in our virtual barn. In a moment we’ll begin taking questions about Ms. Farley’s work as a writer and horse activist. But first, a few ground rules. I’m your moderator and my role is to assure we make the most of our visit with Terri. We have limited time so may not get to everyone, but will do our best to take relevant questions from as many people as possible. Terri will respond as her time permits. She’s a busy lady, so we appreciate your patience. Now, let’s get started with the questions…

INSTRUCTIONS: Use the comment form below to submit your question for Terri. You can submit up to 2 questions at a time. Make a list of all your questions and work your way through the list throughout the week. Questions will be posted at least once a day (this is not a ‘live’ forum) at the moderator’s discretion. Terri has the option to decide which questions she wants to answer (or not) and she will respond as her time permits.

~ The virtual press conference ends July 12th. ~

If your time with Ms. Farley leaves you with inspiration and information to write a follow-up story as described in the ‘PICTURE THIS‘ scenario above, GHC will accept submissions beginning July 23rd through July 30th. We’ll feature the best stories at the Girls Horse Club blog in late July/early August.

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  1. Good morning!
    I hope your 5th of July is as pretty and busy as mine. With the horses fed, dog walked and breakfast made, I’m excited about spending some time with you.
    Feel free to ask me any questions — about horses (especially wild ones), writing horse books & fantasy, traveling to meet my readers — you’re the reporters, you decide!
    Waiting with a smile and a cup of coffee,
    Terri

  2. Good Morning, Terri! I woke up this morning thinking that it was something special. And it is! You were coming to our virtual barn! Anyways, before I start to ask the questions, I hope you hade a nice 4th of July.

    Here come the question(s):

    1.) Are you writing any other books at the moment?

    2.) If so, when will they come out?

    3.) What has inspired you to write books?

    That’s all for now.

    -mustangmane (Sydney)

  3. Hi all, your moderator here. I’m going to ask that you limit your questions to no more than 2 at a time (instructions updated above) so everyone has a chance to be heard. If you watch a live press conference that’s typically how it goes (although it doesn’t stop reporters from trying to ask many questions — I admire your attempt). Make a list of all your questions and work your way through the list throughout the week. And of course Terri has the option to decide which questions she wants to answer (or not). Thanks for your cooperation!

  4. Hey, Terri Farley! I’m Morgan. And I’m your biggest fan! Iv’e read your Phantom Stallion series, all the books up to Desert Dancer, your seventh book. I think their ALL great!!! anyways, HAPPY 4 OF JULY!!! okay, Here’s the questions.

    1: What inspired you to write the Phantom Stallion series?

    2: Who inspired you to start writing?

    That’s all right now. have a really great week, and i’ll be back! P.S, You have inspired me to write chapter books too! I have a AWESOME book i’m writing now, called Wildfire, Of The Valley Of The Tornadoes. It’s a mystery/HORSE/adventure/Sience Fiction series! I’ve also written a Chapter book called: The Volcano Horse, and another book called(Inspired by the international horses here at GHC!) Black Bandit’s Story. And ANOTHER book called: I’m Not Ashamed To Be A Girl! well, Bye Terri!
    -Horse Crazy Girl (Morgan)

  5. Welcome to our Press Conference Terri! We are so excited to see you here! At least, I Know I am! Hope your Fourth of July was incredible!

    First Question: Are you ever inspired by letters written to you by your fans?

    Second Question: Do you ever wish you had a job with set hours, or are you glad that you can work when you are inspired.

    Thanks for doing this! I hope that the rest of your weekend goes well!

  6. HI Sydney!
    Great questions~
    YES, I’m actually working on FOUR other books! Mostly, I’m working on the rewrite of SNOWFIRE and the first draft of GALLOPING GOLD, both in the WILD HORSE ISLAND series. They’re about very different horses. One is a wild white stallion (a very different “guy” than the Phantom) and the other is about the problem horse Sugarfoot and how his bad habit helps him turn into a winner.
    Secret: I’m putting together ideas for a book called “Miracle Horses”, a Special Edition PHANTOM book and a wild horse fantasy story I can’t wait to write! I guess that’s more than four, huh?
    SNOWFIRE comes out in Octoboer — and you can see it’s gorgeous cover on Amazon.com — and GOLD comes out in March.
    More later about my inspirations. There are so many of them!

  7. Hey, Terri! I love all your books, just have to say, and I had a few questions…
    1. Do you own any Mustangs of your own?

    2. What do you do to really help get your inspirations when looking for new horses for your stories? Do you go out and look or dream them up yourself?

  8. HI Morgan,
    Congratulations on your own writing! It sounds like you’re creative and you’re having a good time with words and horses! Two of my favorite things. :)
    My inspiration comes from at least two places — my imagination and real life!

    I’ve loved reading — and animals — as long as I can remember. I had asthma as a child and know what it’s like to struggle for breath after being around animals you love (which is one reason Darby, main character in WILD HORSE ISLAND has it, too). So, I read about animals, especially dogs and horses, to fill that empty spot in my heart. Then, when I was a little girl, my mother gave me her old electric typewriter and I immediately started writing a story about a wild pinto stallion, about a collie dog– I’ve never really stopped.

    The second, more immediate place was in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert. Working as a magazine reporter who specialized in gritty stories, I went on a ten day cattle drive. I discovered I loved to lag behind the herd and daydream. During that ride I saw a wild white horse alone in a slot canyon, and the seed of the Phantom’s story was planted in my imagination.

    I do lots of first hand research for my books, including cattle drives, apprenticing myself to Hawaiian paniolo and working on a wild horse research team on Shackleford Island (photos on my websites…esp. the Photo Album page of Phantomstallion.com), because I believe…no, I KNOW!!!!…that it refills the creative well I dip my bucket into every day.

    2. Probably I’ve been inspired by authors of every book I’ve ever read and story I’ve heard, but I can definitely point toward TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD and SUMMER OF MY GERMAN SOLDIER and other books with Southern settings. Both of my parents CELEBRATED my writing.Barbara Land — a journalist/mentor/author taught me I could write and be a good — or at least passable — wife and mother at the same time. Animals inspire me all the time ; the depths of their eyes have so much to say that we must figure out.
    Last, but not least, I’m endlessly inspired by those who read my books and like them. Writing can be a sort of solitary life, but when I think of all of those riding alongside me (in 27 countries, can you picture that? I CAN!), I have to smile and give thanks!
    Best,
    Terri

  9. HI! I just wanted to say that when I read your books, it makes me feel like I’m the character! When I read WIld Horse Island, I felt like I was in Hawaii. The same for Sam in Nevada. It made me want to find out all I could about Nevada and Hawaii. So 2 questions:

    1. How many books are you supposed to write for the WIld Horse Island series?

    2. So, will you write a Special Edition Phantom Stallion book and if so, will you bring back Sam, Jen, Cody, Ryan, Jake, and of course the Phantom?

    But thank you soooo much for taking the time to write good, fun, stories about girls with the dream to RIDE!

  10. Hi Terri!
    I just want to tell you once again that Mistwalker was FABULOUS!
    Here are my questions!

    One of the things I loved most about the Phantom Stallion series was the magic Sam and the Phantom had. What was the most magical moment you’ve ever experienced with a horse?

    I know that the Phantom was inspired by a ‘ghost horse’ and the real Hoku lives in Hawaii, could you tell us what other characters in Phantom Stallion/Wild Horse Island were inspired by real horses?

    Forever Free,
    Mia

  11. Hey Mrs. Farley,

    You said that you were working on a Special Edition Phantom Stallion….
    Question 1.I was wondering will you ever bring back Gabriel and FireFly(Pirate)?To me they just seemed like great characters and need to come back sometime.

    Question 2.In Wild Horse Island are there going to be anymore MAJOR characters(like Megan,Cade)?

  12. Hey Terri! I wish I could be with the Press Conference all week, but I am going away, so today and tomorrow are the only days I will be here. Anyway, Welcome to our barn! I highly suggest you take a tour of the stables, and the loft, if you get a chance! I do have one question for you.
    I plan on writing part time when I grow up, so do you have any advice? I’d really appreciate it!

    With love,
    J. Briggs ( An all-American cowgirl)

    P.S. I LOVED Wild horse Island! Are you continuing those books too?

  13. Q: Do you ever wish you had a job with set hours, or are you glad that you can work when you are inspired

    A: I love writing and to keep it as my REAL JOB, I work at least as many hours as I did when I was teaching fulltime, so that I don’t disappoint my readers.
    I have a little office away from home (so I”m not tempted to go walk the dog, cook a special lunch for myself, talk on the phone…) and I’m usually sitting at the keyboard by 7 or 8 a.m. I don’t have the Internet there and only one of my friends knows where it is!
    I often work all night long while I’m on deadline.
    About inspiration —
    MUSE FLASH: My muse gets excited as soon as I start writing and imagining. As part of an experiment, I once wore a heart monitor while I was writing. The results showed that during four hours of writing, my heartbeat often soared to a rate which matched my beats for running an 8.3 minute mile.
    When I picture my muse…well, have any of you ever watched old reruns of “Mr. Rogers” TV show? My muse reminds me a lot of Mr. Rogers — smart, kind, and non-judgemental. .
    Weird, but true :)
    talk to you later,
    Terri

  14. HI SB,
    1. Do you own any Mustangs of your own?
    SADLY, NO. MY WRITING SCHEDULE KEEPS ME SO BUSY, I DON’T HAVE THE TIME TO PROPERLY BOND WITH ONE. HOWEVER, THAT IS DEFINITELY IN MY FUTURE AND I WILL PROBABLY PICK A SMALL BAY HORSE (LIKE ACE) SINCE THOSE ARE THE ONES ADOPTED LAST. :(

    2. What do you do to really help get your inspirations when looking for new horses for your stories? Do you go out and look or dream them up yourself?

    A FEW ARE REAL — LIKE HOKU, POPCORN, ACE, BANJO, KANAKA LUNA — but most of them are my dream horses. I hear hooves even in my dreams.

  15. Katie,
    I’ll be writing SIXTEEN books in the WILD HORSE ISLAND series and I’m off to work on one right now!
    Aloha,
    Terri

  16. Hello Terri!

    As a long-time fan of yours, there is one thing that I have always wondered about you, and I think this is a great opourtuntiy to ask.

    -what was your relationship with horses when you where growing up? Did you ride, or own your own horse?

    -how does the relationship you had with horses as a child affect your writing now?

  17. Hay Terri! I’m a fan ofcourse, but I haven’t got to read any of your newer books. Here are my questions:

    1. When did you start writing?

    2. Have you published any other books than the Phantom Stallion Series and Wild Horse Island?

    You and a few other horse authors have inspired me to start writing. I have a book that hopefully will get published.

    Hope to hear from you,
    Christy

  18. Hey Terri!! i LOVE your books and visit your blog everyday!!! I am very excited to hear you are writing a Special Edition Phantom book!!! I loved the down and dirty cowgirl style stuff, but I also love all the colourful magic of WHI!!! It all really feeds my crazy drawing artistic side!!! I should email you some of my sketches!!! plus I did a big oil painting of the Phantom stallion!!! The cover of WIldest Heart!!! anywho, Love the books and I LOVE PS!!!!
    your fellow horse freak,
    Lydia

  19. Morning all,
    No foolin’ around, just on to some questions!

    One of the things I loved most about the Phantom Stallion series was the magic Sam and the Phantom had. What was the most magical moment you’ve ever experienced with a horse?

    REALLY AND TRULY, THE MOST MAGICAL MOMENT I EVER HAD WITH A HORSE WAS WHEN I MET THE REAL PHANTOM. I’VE NEVER BEEN FACE-TO-FACE WITH A HORSE WITH SUCH PRESENCE. A FRIEND DECRIBED IT (AFTER I’D GONE ON AND ON!) AS “A MEETING OF TWO NATIONS.” THAT’S JUST HOW IT FELT. HE WAS PROTECTIVE OF HIS FAMILY, CURIOUS ABOUT ME, BUT DEFINITELY CONSIDERED HIMSELF MY EQUAL. AND I AGREED.
    THERE WAS A TOUCH OF MELANCHOLY TO OUR MEETING, AS WELL, SINCE I’D HELD HIM IN MY HEART AND IMAGINATION FOR SO LONG, AND HE DIDN’T EVEN KNOW ME! :)

    You said that you were working on a Special Edition Phantom Stallion–.
    I was wondering will you ever bring back Gabriel and FireFly(Pirate)…So, will you write a Special Edition Phantom Stallion book and if so, will you bring back Sam, Jen, Cody, Ryan, Jake, and of course the Phantom?

    RIGHT NOW, I’M JUST AMASSING IDEAS FOR A SPECIAL EDITION. MY PUBLISHERS HAVEN’T EVEN SAID THEY WANT ONE, BUT MY READERS SURE HAVE! I HAVE AN IDEA OF WHAT WILL HAPPEN IN IT, BUT I’M NOT CERTAIN OF THE CAST OF CHARACTERS YET — SAM AND JAKE AND THE PHANTOM AND ACE OF COURSE…JUST LIKE ‘RUN AWAY HOME’ PULLED TOGETHER A LOT OF EARLIER PLOTS AND PEOPLE, I SEE A SPECIAL EDITION DOING THE SAME…

    I loved the down and dirty cowgirl style stuff, but I also love all the colourful magic of WHI!!!
    THANKS SO MUCH, YOU SUMMED UP THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THESE TWO SERIES PERFECTLY! HONESTLY, I’D LOVE TO BORROW THAT PHRASE (WITH CREDIT TO LYDIA, OF COURSE) TO USE WITH PEOPLE WHO WANT TO KNOW WHICH THEY SHOULD READ FIRST. THAT COMES UP A LOT WHEN I DO BOOKSIGNINGS.
    STILL, SOME PLOT POINTS AND CHARACTERS KEEP OVER-LAPPING. I ADMIT I COULDN’T HELP THAT FROM HAPPENING BIG TIME IN ONE OF THE UPCOMING WHI BOOKS.

    IF YOU HAVEN’T CALLED BLM TO SUPPORT THE HORSE, PLEASE DO! CHECK OUT MY BLOG, AND IF ANY OF YOU ARE COMING TO SEE ME NEXT WEEK IN WYOMING OR COLORADO, PLEASE LET ME KNOW!

  20. Hi Terri!
    I wanted to say you have a great Phantom Stallion series and I love Wild Horse Island.

    My questions are-
    1) What and Where is your favorite way to write? (example In the barn, early morning, by yourself, etc.)

    2) When you have alot of ideas for stories, how do you pick one to actually write about?

    Thanks, and I wanted to say Firefly is my favorite PS book!

  21. Hi Terri! Here are my questions:

    1. If you find yourself stuck with no idea what to write, what do you do to get new ideas!

    2. Do you plan to bring Sam to Hawaii with Darby in the Wild Horse Island series?

    I love your books, expecially the Wild Horse Island Series. I recently finished Mistwalker, and I am rereading the books that I have (all of them through Mistwalker) again for the bajillionth time. I can’t wait to get my hands on Water Lily. You have got to be one of my favorite authors. Thanks for giving GHC your time. :)

  22. I already asked a question, but I just wanted to say thanks for responding to our questions. I’m sure people annoy you sometimes by asking you to write more books in certain series, but I’m glad you’re gracious enough to write back! Thank you so much for sharing with all of us the ‘magic’ that you picture Sam and The Phantom enjoying. I just REALLY love your books, and feel as if the characters are now my best friends. Sorry I’m taking up space in this question column, but I just wanted you to know that all of us readers appreciate that you reply to our questions! You are one of the rare authors that do that! Thank you so much!

  23. HI guys,
    > In Wild Horse Island are there going to be anymore MAJOR characters(like Megan,Cade)?
    Aloha Hoku’s girl — Yes! If you haven’t already met Darby’s mom, she will play a bigger role, and you know Tyson’s friend with the cockatoo-crested hair? You’ll be seeing more of him, too. And Cade’s mom gets a second chance to pull herself together and make up the time she lost with her son. In fact, the more I think about it, the more I see WHI revolving around second chances. Anyone know anything about the original JONAH? If you do, you’ll see he’s sort of the king of second chances…what with the whale and all. :)

    -what was your relationship with horses when you where growing up? Did you ride, or own your own horse?
    How does the relationship you had with horses as a child affect your writing now?

    As some of you know, I lived in a suburb of Los Angeles. For a short time when I was about 8 years old, the people across the street had 3 horses — Lady, Tar Baby and Blue Boy — and they let me take Lady to a vacant lot and ride her. I used just a lead rope and rode bareback and though my parents were concerned for my safety, they let me do it. It was a wonderful time — untiil the neighbors had a swimming pool dug where their horses had been! What an awful decision.
    After that, I was able to ride at stables once in a while, but mainly I just longed for horses. I think now that longing “informs” my writing. Have you ever heard that expression? It influences me because it’s a longing that’s never gone away. I love horses and my heart goes out to them — sometimes I feel that almost literally, as if my heart’s straining against what holds it in place, straining toward the horses.
    So much happens to them that they can’t understand or control.

    And since YOU asked that question MustangHeart, I bet you understand what I’m talking about.
    Talk with you all later!
    Terri

  24. Hi Terri!
    I am a big fan- I love your books and they really inspire me. My two questions are:
    1) How does one bring their story to life? You know- really flesh it out and make it real?
    2) How would you suggest a fiction writer break into print?

  25. Hello Terri,
    I LOVE the phantom stallion books they are the BEST!They have opened my eyes to the whole wild horse problem and I am glad to do whatever i can to help them. I really hope you will come out with a special edition.
    Well here is my question.

    1. Do you miss writing about Sam and her friends a lot? I know i miss reading them;)

    Thanks so much for answering our questions.

    animal lover (zany 4 Zanzibar!)

  26. HI Terri! I thought of two more questions.

    Number 1: Did you always want to be a writer?

    Number 2: Which of your books is your favorite?

  27. Aloha Terri,
    I just wanted to thank you for answering my questions,especially about Moku Lio Hihiu!I am SO glad that Dee is going to get a second chance,I wanted so much for that to happen(for Cade’s sake)and yeah it does seem to revolve around second chances!I also did have a feeling that Tyson would return,I’m just not entirely sure how thats going to work out.Oh and yeah Darby’s Mom did play a MUCH larger role!
    I cannot wait for Water Lily!
    Thanks again!
    Hoku’sGirl

  28. HI again!
    This is sooooooo much fun. As close to hanging out with you all as I’ll probably get (unless I see you in Colorado or Wyoming next weekedn and OH, I JUST CONFIRMED I’ll be in Los Angeles Sept 1) and I love it!
    Christy, you asked about other books of mine…have you read SEVEN TEARS INTO THE SEA? It’s only horse is a sea horse, but lots of my readers have enjoyed it. Taking place in present day on a fictional bit of the California coast, it’s a fantasy based on the Celtic legend of the selkie. It was so much fun to write and I will definitely be doing another fantasy!
    Off to dream up more stories,
    Terri

  29. Dear Terri,
    I’ve got a question to you:
    Do you want to write another series with wild horses and a friendship of a girl and a mustang (like Phantom Stallion or Wild Horse Island). I love your books and you’re my favorite author.
    Best,
    Laura

  30. Hi Terri! It’s SB again… I had a few more questions.

    1. What is your favorite or dream horse?

    2. Do you have any tips for aspiring writers who can’t seem to finish a story? (Me)

  31. Hi Terri,
    This went by too fast! I can’t believe it’s already the last day of the conference. I just have two more questions to wrap things up:

    1.) What advice can you give to a new and unexperianced writer?

    2.) When you were a little girl, did you ever imagine that being a writer was going to be your “career”?

    Right now, I am in the middle of reading Phantom Stallion#4 The Renengade.

    Thank you for coming Terri! Please visit us soon!

    Best wishes,
    mustangmane (Sydney)

  32. Hey Terri, are you ever going to come to Windsor Ontario? Cause that’s where I live and I’d just love to meet you!!! I feel free to use that quote from me!!!! I’m proud of it too :-D

  33. 1) What and Where is your favorite way to write? (example In the barn, early morning, by yourself, etc.)

    2) When you have alot of ideas for stories, how do you pick one to actually write about?

    PonyPrincess,
    It depends on what I’m writing. Most of the time I love going to my office (it’s in Reno, about twenty minutes from the little town where I live). I don’t have the Internet there or a phone, because both of those things are (fun) distractions. I have nothing there except my computer, a huge bookcase full of reference books, a refrigerator, coffee pot and a bed for all-night writing sessions.
    Truly though — I can write almost anywhere…and have! Taking notes while I rode the real Ace was tricky, but I did it.
    When I have lots of story ideas, it’s really REALLY hard to decide what to do! Recently my agent asked me to narrow down my “wish I could do it now” list to three books. I tried as hard as I could and carved it down to 12. It took me a week to get down to three when I met with her in NY! So, I need a clone! But that wouldn’t work either because I don’t like sharing the fun of living my stories! Except with you all, of course!

    3) If you find yourself stuck with no idea what to write, what do you do to get new ideas!

    4) Do you plan to bring Sam to Hawaii with Darby in the Wild Horse Island series?
    Stargazer,
    I am thankful that I always have ideas for new books. If I slow down during the middle of scene, though, I sometimes think : What’s the worst thing that could happen next? OR What could make this more exciting?
    My FAVORITE time I did that, I messed with Jake. Remember when Sam pretended she and Jake were eloping? He wanted to crawl out of his skin and be someone else! Hee Hee. :)
    About Sam going to Hawaii? SEEEEEEEEEEEEEE Cret!!!

    Tomorrow morning is the end of our time together, but I’ll try to answer all your questions. If I don’t, you all know where to find me, right?
    Bye,
    Terri

  34. from Katie: I’m sure people annoy you sometimes by asking you to write more books in certain series, but I’m glad you’re gracious enough to write back! Thank you so much for sharing with all of us the ‘magic’ that you picture Sam and The Phantom enjoying. I just REALLY love your books, and feel as if the characters are now my best friends. Sorry I’m taking up space in this question column, but I just wanted you to know that all of us readers appreciate that you reply to our questions! You are one of the rare authors that do that! Thank you so much!

    Katie, Don’t be sorry for writing such a thrilling note. Any author in her right mind would throw cyber-kisses at you — like I am.
    As much as I love it, writing can be a solitary and kind of lonely job. When I get requests from readers, I’m just thankful that they’re riding along with me.
    About writing back — Some of you may know I LOVED teaching and I miss is a lot. That’s why I do school visits, autographings, etc., because I need to be around kids (of alllll ages). Also, how can I not write back, even if it takes me so long, when you’re living my stories with me?
    Best of all possible summers to you,
    Terri

  35. 1) How does one bring their story to life? You know- really flesh it out and make it real?

    Someday I want to teach a huge creative writing class SPECIFICALLY for my readers. Til then..

    I can only tell you how I do it. First, I use lots of senses. I MUST know what my character is seeing, smelling, tasting (and you KNOW different air actually has a taste!), etc.
    Believe you are the character as you’re writing her. Get behind her eyes and move inside her body.

    2) How would you suggest a fiction writer break into print?

    My very best tips are on my website. Honest! Trot on over to Writers Workshop!

  36. Number 1: Did you always want to be a writer?
    No — I wanted to be an equine vet! My high school counselor did a LOT to discourage me, because I was small and had poor math skills. Sometimes I wonder how different my life would have been if I’d ignored him and pressed on with my dream. Sometimes I think it was exactly what should have happened!

    Number 2: Which of your books is your favorite?
    This is like asking which of my children is my favorite! I will tell you that DARK SUNSHINE was my mother’s favorite of my books, but usually my favorite is the one I’m working on at the moment. Right now, that would be GALLOPING GOLD — Sugarfoot’s story.

    3 Do you want to write another series with wild horses and a friendship of a girl and a mustang (like Phantom Stallion or Wild Horse Island).

    The next book I want to write would blow your mind! But it does involve wild horses and a girl…

    More soon,
    Terri

  37. Hi SB —
    My favorite dream horse differs from day to day — sometimes she’s a Gypsy Vanner…sometimes the Phantom’s spirit in Black Lava’s body…Snowfire is savage but so perfectly primitive…Shamrock, the old Quarter Horse who lives next door is a horse I love like Sam loves Ace.. and of course there’s Faith, Tempest and Inky…I really can’t decide!
    Mustang Mane — your writing questions are answered on my website — feel free to exerpt for your story!
    And I’m so glad you’re enjoying THE RENEGADE. I cried while I was writing it!
    Terri

  38. Dear Readers and Writers,
    It’s time for me to go. I’ve loved talking with you and I would love even more to come see you. If your schools ever want author visits, have a teacher or administrator contact HarperCollins and I’ll be delighted to come. What I’ve usually done in the past is ask the school’s permission to have one of my readers accompany me as a special assistant. That way I’ve gotten to know some of my readers even better.
    Last words of wisdom? I try to make my characters stand up for what they believe, every single day of their lives and I wish the same for you.
    Adios and Aloha,
    Terri