Thursday, March 20, 2014

Our guest author today is F.J. Thomas

Come on in folks and kick your shoes off. I want to introduce to you one of our great writers here at Solstice Publishing.
She is an honest to gosh Cowgirl, horse trainer an horse show judge.  She has written on outstanding piece of work that everyone could love.
Be you city slicker, farmer, animal lover or cowboy: her novel is a real barn stomper.
So enjoy her interview and when ya all have time, pick up her book, you won't regret it.

How old were you when you discovered you had a passion for putting thought to page?


I started out writing poetry in high school and it progressed from there.


Do you have a muse? If so, who (if you want to share) if not what gets you in the seat to start the process?


I get a lot of ideas while doing chores in the barn or on my long drive to work. When it comes to the actual writing process, I like to listen to music like the Steel Drivers or very old country or Texas Swing like Bob Wills.


How many hours a day do you write?

During the week days I get up at 4am and I’m able to get in an hour or so of writing first thing in the morning while it’s quiet. Depending on the weekend, I may get a few hours in. With working full time and running a small farm and trying to keep horses ridden, I don't get as much writing time as I would like. 


If you get blocked, what techniques do you use to clear your mind?

If I can get some alone time working my horses that usually helps. I usually keep a couple of different projects going at once so if I don’t feel like working on one there’s always another one.


What contemporary writers do you draw inspiration from?

Friend and fellow write, Elle Marlow is an inspiration for me. She’s such a fun gal and you get a strong sense of that in her writing voice.


Of all time, who are your very favorite authors?

That’s a hard question because I like to read a lot of different genres. If I had to pick one, I’d say Stephen King. He does such a great job of drawing you in to the story.


What do you like to do for fun?

I love to barrel race but I also like just training and working with horses in general, especially difficult horses.


What is your book about and what was the inspiration for it?

It’s about a woman who loses her ranch and horse in a tornado and the journey that brings them back together. I got the inspiration for the book after learning that large animals are often the last to be rescued, or they can’t be found.


Tell everyone the name of your book and where they can buy it.






Frances J. Filson-Thomas

Published Author, Horse Show Judge, Riding Instructor
Fairweather Farm - Sweetwater, TN


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