Welcome back to AuthorHouse Author’s Digest! Today we’ll continue our interview with Victoria M. Howard, self-published author of Kentucky Horse Park: Paradise Found. You can read the first part of the interview here.
It’s a combination of a history/ coffee table/ photo book. Midway through the book is a magnificent color photo gallery of the various breeds of horses that live in the park, from the Marwari to the Percheron. There’s also a short synopsis on each breed, such as where and when they originated.
What inspired you to write the book? How long did it take you to finish it?
Having spent three decades in the racehorse business, I’ve written several books on horses and the industry. Last year, while taking photos of ex-Kentucky Derby champions who lived at the park for one of my books, I was asked if I would write a book on this incredible horse sanctuary located in Lexington. The book took approximately nine months to write, for I had to research all the landowners, starting with Patrick Henry in 1777.
What’s the one message you’d like to convey to readers through your book?
I wanted to enlighten people on this wonderful paradise we have right here in America. There are no words to describe this amazing horse haven–you must go see it in person. Whether you are a horse lover or not, you’ll fall in love with the park and its many unique residents. It is, by far, America’s best kept secret.
I have self-published 15 books over the past 10 years. To me, writing books it is like getting a tattoo—once you get one you want another. Self-publishing has become my career and life, and working with AuthorHouse has been a joy.
What advice would you give to other aspiring authors out there?
The only advice I would give to others who want to write is to never give up and lose faith in yourself. Follow your dreams and they will come true!
We’ll present the conclusion of our interview next week. Kentucky Horse Park: Paradise Found is available at Amazon.com and the AuthorHouse Bookstore. You can also view Victoria’s recent interview on Kentucky’s ABC 36 news here.
She can be reached at Facebook and LinkedIn (Victoria M Howard) and via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.