Authors Electric: Karen Bush


Authors Electric: Karen Bush


Karen's ebooks are:


The Five Pound Pony


Dog Friendly Gardening


365 Handy Hints for Horse Riders


                                          Haunting Hounds


                               Principles of Teaching Horse Riding


The Great Rosette Robbery


           I always knew that I wanted to do something that involved horses when I grew up, and on leaving school trained to become a riding instructor. Working with horses isn't just a job, it's a way of life; on the whole I think it's a pretty wonderful way of spending your time, but one of the downsides is that working with horses tends not to pay very well.


           In order to make ends meet I turned to writing during my spare time; first of all short fiction stories, mainly for PONY and Horse & Pony magazine, but also cartoon-strip text for girls comics too. Michael Williams, the then-editor of PONY magazine was incredibly encouraging and suggested that I tried my hand at writing factual articles as well. Needless to say, the first one I wrote was then promptly rejected - but only on the grounds that he'd just commissioned a similar article from a certain Charles Harris! I sent the article off to another magazine which had just started up; Your Horse editor Liz Benwell not only published it, but asked me to become a regular contributor.


           Before long I was writing five or six articles a month for Your Horse and PONY, and had also become an agony aunt for both magazines.


           One thing led to another, and with some encouragement from an English teacher at my old school, I wrote my first book (about saddlery) in partnership with a friend, Sarah Viccars. It took a long time to find a publisher, but once we'd got a foot in the stable door so to speak, we promptly wrote another one, this time inspired by my labours as an equestrian agony aunt.


           After a spell as a magazine editor myself, I eventually returned to teaching, this time in a self-employed capacity. I continue to teach on a freelance basis as well as to write; in addition to factual books, I'm planning on returning to writing some fiction in the near future - watch this spot!


          Karen Bush holds the BHS Int.T qualification and has worked in riding schools - including the internationally renowned Suzanne's Riding School - as well as pursuing a career as a freelance teacher.


          In addition to being a regular contributor on equestrian and canine topics to national magazines including Horse & Rider and Your Dog, she has written a number of books including three official ABRS Manuals, 'The Principles of Teaching Riding', '101 Riding Exercises' and 'The Horse Riders Hacking Handbook.'


          For several years she was also an 'agony aunt' for Your Horse magazine and for Pony magazine, answering readers queries on riding and horse care issues.



Karen's website is here.



And her whippets write their own blog here!







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