Writing – they say – is a solitary occupation. But is it? Really? Let’s visit with Pegg Thomas and ask her about her constant companion.
QPQ: Welcome, Pegg! Introduce us to the horse you’re sharing with us today.
PT: Trooper is my buddy. He’s 24 years old. He’s been there, done that, and got the t-shirt. Nothing much bothers him. I can ride him along the busy road with no problems. The best type of horse to have for someone my age, someone who has lost their ability to bounce.
QPQ: Since you’re an author and you come up with names all the time, how did you come up with Trooper?
PT: The lady I bought him from called him Trapper, but that name didn’t click with me. On the ride home, I asked my hubby how the horse was doing in the trailer. You never know just how a horse will act in the trailer until you get out on the road. He said he was riding like a trooper … and it stuck.
QPQ: How does Trooper help you in your writing?
PT: Since I write historical fiction, he’s a huge help in knowing about horses. It’s pretty hard to write anything historical before the 20th century and not write about horses. Having my own, I understand how they behave, the equipment they use, and the care they need.
QPQ: Have you ever written Trooper or one of your pets into a story?
PT: I just finished a novella set around the Pony Express and one of the horses is modeled after my son’s first horse. That was fun!
QPQ: Tell us three things you and Troop have in common.
PT: We’re both lazy. We both like to eat too much. And both of us are getting a little long in the tooth.
QPQ: It’s so great to showcase you and Trooper here at the Quid Pro Quills, Pegg. Where on the web can readers connect with you and your books?
PT: My first book is coming out in April of 2017! Heart of the Pony Express is an anthology from Barbour Publishing. I’ll post more when the date gets closer.