I live at Horse Country Farm, a family-owned riding stable in the Cascade foothills. Before the pandemic, I organized most of the riding programs and taught horsemanship, nursed sick horses, held for the shoer, trained whoever needed it – four-legged and two-legged. And wrote books in my spare time, usually from 8PM to 2AM, seven days a week after a long day on the ranch. I'm looking forward to opening up the stable again full-time, but right everything is still on a limited basis. There are 18 horses to look after, along with other assorted animals. As for the few kids, tweens and teens who still come to ride, I give them back at the end of each day. This fall, I'll be teaching riding lessons, and selling books at local festivals and holiday craft fairs. When I can’t write, due to the overwhelming needs and pressures of the “real” world, words and stories fill my mind. Even when I muck the barn, I think about books in progress and map out the writing in my mind. I’ve had a lot of adventures over the years and I plan to write all about them. I hope you enjoy reading about them! I’m a member of Evergreen Writers in Everett, WA, the Emerald City Writers in Seattle, the Writers Cooperative of the Pacific Northwest and Pacific NW Writers. I have B.A. degrees in English and History, and my Master’s-In-Teaching degree.
See you soon. Meantime, enjoy the stories! Josie Malone
Life and Career
Grandma said, "Write me a romance with sex, violence and alcohol and I'll read it." So, I chose her name as my pseudonym and yes, I write those kind of books.
As my first writing teacher, Muriel Newsome, a published author quoted, "Everything is grist for the mill." So, be careful what you say to me, 'cuz I'll put you in a book and as the writing joke goes, "Watch out or your namesake may die in the first chapter!"
When I served in the Army Reserve, I learned the care and training of junior officers is "Sergeant's Business," and many of my characters have also served their country.
In grad school, one of the professors told us to decide early, "Which chicken do you want to chase?" Another said, "Begin with the end in mind." They were talking about class lesson plans, but I apply this advice to writing and it helps me create a good story.
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