Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Nicole Drumheller Gargus, Author

Welcome author Nicole Drumheller Gargus! Nicole is a freelance writer and the author of Shane’s Mane, a children’s book based upon Nicole’s first horse, her Grandpa, and her love for horses.

Nicole’s passions include writing, travel, horses, dance, swimming, Tudor history, Jerusalem, and character costumes.

Where in the world are you?
I currently live in Canton, Massachusetts, USA; however I'm from rural Pennsylvania originally.
Who is Shane?
Shane is a foundation Quarter Horse - he is a flea bitten gray. When he was younger he barrel raced and also competed in English dressage and jumping. We currently enjoy trail rides and give equine therapy at nursing homes and veteran centers.

Tell me more about your riding/horse history....
My Grandpa was a jockey when he was young and later he was into western sports. He was my first riding instructor - I was riding solo by age four! I have studied English and Western disciplines with various instructors over the years. I enjoy both; however western pleasure and trail riding are my favorites.

What are you currently writing?
I write for two papers - The Canton Journal in Massachusetts and Montgomery Media's Ticket in Pennsylvania.

Where do you like to write?
Usually on a desktop computer in our quiet guest room. My habits are simple - a cup of tea and a quiet space.

Do you travel a lot to promote your books?
I love to travel! For book promotions I mostly traveled around Pennsylvania and to Ireland!

What is 'Voices from the Wall'?
Voices From The Wall is an anthology about the shared experiences of people visiting the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC. My first piece Regarding Sean, which is about a veteran visiting the Wall, was published in that book.

What other books have you written?
No others yet. Mostly I currently write articles and short pieces.

Game of Thrones is one of my favorite series, I know it is one of yours, too! Who is your favorite character? Why?
Khaleesi! I relate to her suffering. I'm deeply inspired by her strong spirit, tenacious will, and secret kind heart.

Who are your inspirations?
Quite a few writers inspire me! Including Alice Walker, Phillipa Gregory, Jhumpa Lahiri, John Steinbeck, Marion Zimmer Bradley, and Alison Weir. I also love the classics - Dante and Homer.

Connect with Nicole….

Nicole in character costume as

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