Hello Bianca, and thanks so much for having me as your guest.
Anyone who knows me, knows I have three passions – writing romance, my native Wales, and horses!
I’ve been crazy about horses for as long as I can remember. We were never particularly well off and although I lived in a small seaside town surrounded by beautiful countryside, we didn’t have our own land. However, my father, realizing my love for horses, arranged for riding lessons for me at the local riding school, and I used to spend every spare hour there, mucking out and grooming to earn extra rides.
As soon as I left school and found a job I saved up for five years to buy my dream horse, a 15 h.h bay part-bred Thoroughbred mare, Flikka. I had really wanted to work with horses, but was persuaded to take a ‘safe’ secretarial job. In a way it was just as well. Grooms and stable girls earned very little in those days, and I probably wouldn’t have been able to afford a horse of my own. Plus, learning to type has been very helpful in my writing career! I bred four foals from Flikka, including a beautiful part bred Arab, who I named ‘Evenstar’ who I kept until her untimely death when she developed arthritis. Flikka lived to the ripe old age of 35 and I still have very fond memories of her.
I kept Flikka with a friend who bred Welsh Cobs, and developed a keen interest in the breed. There are actually four types of Welsh horse and pony – Sections A, B, C and D. The Welsh Mountain (A) is small and stocky, with a very ‘Araby’ face and large eyes set far apart, The Welsh pony (B) is a couple of inches taller and more finely built, The Section ‘C’ is a small Welsh Cob and Section ‘D’ Welsh Cob is the largest of the four, between 14.3 and 15.3. hands high (a hand is four inches). The Welsh Cob is muscular and stocky without being too heavy, has a little fine ‘feather’ on its feet and is useful both as a riding horse and in harness. It is world famous for its mile eating trot, with the front legs being lifted high and thrown forward, which makes it spectacular to watch and is very comfortable to ride. They all show the ‘Arab’ influence and are full of quality and renowned as show horses the world over.
I became very interested the ‘Western’ way of riding, finding it more relaxed and comfortable than the ‘English’ style. I bought my first Western saddle and have never looked back. My next horse, Sally or ‘Sal’ was a lovely golden dun part Welsh mare and she worked her socks off for me doing long distance ‘Endurance’ rides in the mountains of Wales, including the most rigorous of them all the ‘Red Dragon’ where we rode over the ‘Graig Goch’ dam – an amazing feeling.
Sally died a few years ago, aged 34, but I immortalized her in my story ‘Dancing With Fate’ about Terpsichore, Muse of Dance in the Wild Rose Press series ‘Song Of The Muses’. I sent Terpsichore to 5th Century Wales and of course she needed a special horse – so Sal became a mount fit for a muse. I also included Harri, my black purebred Section D cob in the story, and he became the hero’s horse.
Harri’s registered name is ‘Pentrepiod Sovereign’ but his previous owner called him Harry’ the Engish form of ‘Harri. He is one of the sweetest, kindest horses I have ever known. My other horse is Flying T’pau, a chestnut and white American Quarter Horse/Welsh cross. She’s a real prima donna and likes to be the ‘boss mare’, hiding what is really a sweet nature.. She is very intelligent and was broken completely Western and has never been ridden any other way. She loves doing exercises devised by Monty Roberts the famous ‘horse whisperer’ and will happily’ join up and follow me around the field and over obstacles and happily obeys voice commands.
Apart from Sal and Harri in ‘Dancing With Fate’, horses feature on my planet Niflheim which is featured in my futuristic romance novel ‘Starquest’ and the sequel ‘Children Of the Mist.’ Of course the romance between my heroine and hero is paramount, but for me the world would be a poorer place without animals, especially horses, and I usually manage to fit a horse or horses somewhere into my stories.
I write as Hywela Lyn, my real first two names, but I’m always called ‘Lyn’ Hywela is Welsh and I was born and raised in Wales and lived most of my life there until I moved to England when I married. Riding my horses in the Welsh mountains gave me time to compose stories in my mind, and the beautiful wild landscape inspired the settings for many of my stories.
I live in a small village with my husband Dave and our rescued dog Bouncer. Harri and T’pau, my two horses, share their stables with two ‘feral’ cats, Milly and Molly, who are about as tame as wild cats could ever get!
My books are available at Amazon and most on-line stores, and from my Author Page at the Wild Rose Press http://thewildrosepress.com/index.phpmain_page=index&manufacturers_id=138&zenid=29efa1716586a390beed3cfceb626efc
where you can also download my ‘Free Read’ the fantasy ‘A Bargain With Death’ which also features horses of course.
I love to hear from readers and fellow writers and you can contact me at Lyn@hywelalyn.co.uk
I also run a ‘fun’ Blog ‘The Author Roast and Toast, with my two dear friends and sister hostesses Sharon Donovan and Mary Ricksen. We meet every Friday and torture (I mean host) an unsuspecting author. It’s very interactive and casual and our guest is encouraged to promote her book during the fun and mayhem that ensues. Pop in and join the fun at http://www.authorroastandtoast.blogspot.com/
Lyn has shared some pictures of her beautiful horses. I’m in love with the Welsh Cob!!!!