Jackie: Welcome Mitzy tell our readers a little about yourself and how you became a writer?
Mitzy: I live a very interesting and colorful life. My husband and I have been married for nearly 12 years, we have one son, and I’m the step-mother of 3. Horses have been an integral part of my life from a young age. We currently breed, raise and train Canadian horses. I have always been an artistic and creative person and honed every bit of my creativity to horses. Writing is one part of my creative nature. For years I wrote poems or short stories to do with horses and tucked them away in a folder. I had a young family that required my undivided attention and writing was set on the back burner. When I wrote my first book Hoof Prints on My Heart, I was compelled by forces larger than myself to get my story on paper, and it has escalated from there.
Jackie: Would you share with our followers the inspiration(s) behind your latest book release?
Mitzy: I truly am inspired by my horses; the Canadian horse is a wonderful breed that is virtually little known even though it became Canada’s National Horse in 2002 and is part of our heritage. I have always had a vivid and wild imagination and wondered what it would be like to go back in time, so I created a story based on my knowledge, experience and fantasies to bring Rim-Fyre and the Stones of Time to life. I am always asking myself, what if?
Jackie: Do you prefer the fiction genre? Have you considered other genres?
Mitzy: My first book was a non-fiction and Rim-Fyreand the Stones of Time is a paranormal/fantasy fiction. I think I like this genre.
Jackie: What was the title of your first book?
Mitzy: My first published work is titled Hoof Prints on My Heart.
Jackie: Mitzy have you written anything under a pen name?
Mitzy: No, I use my own name; I’m proud of my name and the types of books I like to write.
Jackie: Name recognition is a huge part of successful marketing. It took a lot of soul searching to make a departure from Jackie Anton to only my first two initials be fore my last name for adult published works.
Have you won any recognition or awards that you would like to share?
Mitzy: In February of 2013 I was nominated by a group of my peers and received the Equine Welfare Award of Distinction for Communications from the Saskatchewan Horse Federation and Farm Animal Council of Canada for communicating Equine Welfare through my first book, TV interview and blogging on my webpage.
Rim-Fyre and the Stones of Time is a finalist in the Fiction – animals category in the Reader’s Favorite book awards contest. Winners are announced September 1st, 2013.
Jackie: Congratulations on winning the Fiction-Animal category in the Readers Favorite Book Awards in September.
Jackie: Mitzi are you using a publicist? If your collaboration is positive, feel free to give them a little plug.
Mitzy: My publicist is Carol Upton from Dreams Aloud Animal Book Buzz. I’m so happy to work together with Carol in marketing Rim-Fyre and the Stones of Time. http://www.dreamsaloud.ca
Jackie: Are your books available in print, e-book, or both? Have you ever tried to convert a book to audio?
Mitzy: Both of my books are available in print and e-book. I am currently working on an audio version and French translation of Rim-Fyre and the Stones of Time.
Jackie: Illustrations or photos for covers are so important to successful marketing. Do you use an illustrator or photographer for your book(s)? If so do you always use the same one, or do you shop around?
Mitzy: Thus far I have been using work from a friend who is also a horse enthusiast and artist, Sheila Stienley.
Jackie: How much of the marketing do you do for your book(s), and for yourself as a brand?
Mitzy: I do as much of my own marketing as I possibly can through social media and have been out to several book signings and trade shows.
Jackie: Do you spend a lot of time plotting your stories, or do you just run with it?
Mitzy: I think these stories were in me, so I just ran with it.
Jackie: Do you spend much time in research, or do you write from experience?
Mitzy I do write from experience, but there were several elements that I added to Rim-Fyre and the Stones of Time that required research. I wanted my story to be accurate and believable. I spent some time on research, but I didn’t want it to take me too far away from my writing. Research is a great way to learn even more than you already knew.
Jackie: What Point of view do you feel most comfortable with, first person or third? Have you ever tried to use the second person in any of your works?
Mitzy: I’m still experimenting.
Jackie: What do you think the future holds for a writer?
Mitzy: That is a hard question. I think that the world is our oyster, and we get back what we make of it. We will probably see more recognition for indie writers and the continuation of the popularity of e-books. Writers will keep writing as long as they have stories that need to be told. We are only limited by our imagination. I personally, will continue to write the stories as long as they are there, even though the competition is tough. And I will continue to grow and make positive changes to get my books out to my readers.
Jackie: That was a great answer Mitzy. Thank you for adding an excerpt for our readers.
His large majestic head poked through the lodge flap casting light on the inhabitants within. Rim-Fyre softly nickered ‘her-her-her’.
Serena turned abruptly at the call and sternly waved her hand at him to get out. “Rim, no!”
Warm laughter erupted. Peenaquim waved her to go tend her horse as Serena turned to see his large toothless grin. There would be time to talk later. A nod of her head acknowledged her dismissal as she left them to see to her horse.
Rim backed out of the lodge to allow her passage. Purposely walking towards Rim’s head, Serena made him back several steps away from the entrance before she annoyingly whispered, “What do you think you’re doing?”, as she wrapped his head in a hug. The stallion just closed his eyes in acceptance of her presence.
Serena couldn’t allow her emotions to show how alone she felt here in this place so she held Rim’s head a little longer; hoping somehow he would know how much she was relying on him to get her through this.
About the Author:
Mitzy Tait-Zeller, recipient of the 2013 Equine Welfare Communications award from the Saskatchewan Horse Federation is a long time equine enthusiast. Mitzy devotes her time to family, horses and promoting equine welfare and the Canadian Horse through her passion for writing.
Mitzy, thank you, for taking time from your writing to participate in this blog.
I wish you all the best with this wonderful book and future projects.
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