I jumped into the chapter book world when I wrote Emma and the Yellow Mare. I have a young one just getting started reading chapter books (she's headed to 2nd grade) and I wanted to create a story that didn't involve magic.
One of Mindy's foals, Indie, is actually the inspiration of the story. He was mean and troublesome and he experienced some of the happenings in the book.
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