When I was a child, I longed to have my own horse. This was destined never to happen, because apart from living in an urban area, my parents couldn’t afford it. So I created my own private horse world.
I drew horses in pencil and ink, mostly copied from photographs. I collected pictures of horses from magazines and stuck them into a series of scrap books, often thinking up stories to go with the pictures. In my art class at school, we were given a lump of clay to create a ceramic piece. Obviously, mine became a horse of sorts. I struggled with the legs, so the solution was to have the horse lying down. His tail kept falling off, so he became a cob with a stubby tail. He was glazed and taken home proudly to my mum. He occupied my windowsill for years and I still have him, 40 years later. Maybe he wasn’t exactly a work of art but he had been born from my imagination, moulded into shape and was mine.
Drawing horses, collecting pictures of them and making them from clay was not enough. It was natural that as I developed my passion for creative writing, I would write stories about them. I created the horses, characters and the experiences I desired through my fiction. The ultimate wish fulfilment.
I would love to know how many other writers or artists create the fantasy world they would love to inhabit through their art.
To find out more about Jane’s publishing experiences, go to her blog www.janeayres.blogspot.co.uk
Her trilogy of Matty Horse and Pony Adventures books for pre-teens and teen (and nostalgic older readers) are available for Kindle on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk. All profits from these stories are going to Redwings Horse Sanctuary.
Matty and the Problem Ponies is FREE TO DOWNLOAD from 7th-11th November!