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 I wrote books in my spare time, usually from 8PM to 2AM, seven days a week after a long day on the ranch, what I called, "vampire" time. Since I retired from substitute teaching at local school districts, I'm able to write in the daylight! Yippee! The stable is open again with 17 horses to look after, along with other assorted animals. I'm teaching kids, tweens and teens to ride and care for their well-loved critters. Yes, long, skinny carrots are a must! This spring and summer, in addition to teaching horsemanship, you can find me selling books at local festivals and events. 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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