ABOUT CARMEL ROWLEY
I have loved two things all my life, reading, and horses. For a horse crazy girl in Melbourne, it took until I was thirteen before my parents gave in to my constant pleading and purchased my first horse. My dream was to own a horse like the children in the stories I loved to read.
I married in 1972 and the following year the desire to breed horses became a reality. Together, my husband Don and I have owned and bred purebred Arabians for forty years, only recently retiring. The years of breeding combined with shared triumphs, sorrows, and the forming of many long lasting friendships in both Australia and around the world. It was during this busy time of both breeding horses and working off the farm that I began to write Tails Carried High.
People often say writers are born. I’m sure it’s true to an extent, but talent or no, both writers and horse breeders need to be determined, dedicated and confident, with a firm idea of what they wish to achieve. My love of books and reading go hand in hand with writing, not that I ever really aspired to write my own books.
During the years while breeding horses I had several opportunities to write articles and stories for: The Australian Arabian Horse News, Arabian Horse Express, Arabian Studs and Stallions Annual, the online magazine StraightEgyptians.com, Desert Mirage magazine and Arab Horse Couture Magazine in the USA and the FAWQ Scope magazine. My short stories are included in the Anthologies: Words from Toowoomba, Tales from our Verandah, Northern Lights and Brio as well as They shall not Grow Old and A Lifetime of Words for which I designed the covers and internal chapter headings. If nothing else, the years have taught me the courage of my convictions, joined by a deep, unswerving love towards the development of personal dreams and the realisation of life’s journey.