Kandy Kay Scaramuzzo's book Pie: An Old Brown Horse is the true story of a twenty five year old ranch horse that was injured and pretty much left to die. He was brought to a stable and sold, even though no one really expected him to survive. Pie's amazing spirit and calmness ended up helping many people over the next 13 years as he became an amazing mentor and therapy horse.
This book is Pie's story, as he tells it, about his amazing second chance at life. You will meet his person, a shy young girl who he helps grow into adulthood. He will introduce you to the other horses and people that helped shape his journey. Pie continues to shine his light even at the ripe old age of 38. His is a feel good story about life, love, second chances and giving back.
What inspired you to write this book?
Spending all those years living and working with Pie and seeing the wonderful influence he had on so many people, I couldn’t help but think his story needed to be told.
How did you come up with the title?
The title actually came from a quote made by my husband when we were looking to buy my daughter a horse of her own. The pretty ones we kept getting were a little nutso. That is when he said, “Quit messing around with all the pretty ones and go find an old brown horse that knows what he is doing!” It just fit the book perfectly.
How much research was required?
This book was written based on 13 years of working with Pie. It seems like a long time, but it basically just flew by.
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
The hardest part of writing the book was reliving all the sad circumstances in the book. Some of them were really hard to deal with, luckily they are all balanced with good events. They were still tough to relive.
Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
It is really hard to break into the writing business. I had no idea how tough it is to do. I also had no idea I would be responsible for promoting my book.
What are the important messages you want your readers to take away from reading this book?
You don’t just throw a whole life away because it is a little broken and bruised. Many times those lives are the ones you need in your life.
What are you working on now?
I am currently working on another book, but I don’t want to say anything about it because here in the next couple of weeks we will be celebrating Pie’s 39th birthday and I don’t want anything to take away from that.
What book are you reading now?
I am currently reading Dreamweaver by Su Williams.
What books have most influenced your life?
I would have to say the book that has influenced me the most is Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.
What books/authors have influenced your writing?
The writer I admire the most is Edgar Allen Poe. I just love the way his mind works.
Do you have a writing mentor or role model?
Once again, it would have to be Edgar Allen Poe. I know his writing doesn’t match mine, but basically what I got from him is write your way. That is what I did. Thanks Edgar.
Are there any new authors that you’re fired up about?
Yes, I have found several that are totally awesome:
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
The challenging part is not the writing, it is the promoting. That is so difficult. There is so much advice out there, which way do you go?
Do you have any advice for other writers?
If you want to write, write. Don’t let anyone else put you off. You have a right to right what you want. Don’t let anyone bully you out of what you want to write.
Do you ever experience writer's block?
Knock on wood, I have not had an experience with writer’s block yet.
What is your favorite theme/genre to write about?
I would have to say my favorite genre is nonfiction and the subject would have to be animals.
For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?
I rarely read paper books anymore. I am a big believer in saving trees. I have a Kindle. It is my second one , I wore out the first one. Besides, the Kindle can go to work with me and no one knows what it is I am reading.
What are your ambitions for your writing career?
I would really like to continue to write. I have several more ideas in mind.
Do you write full-time or part-time?
Right now, I write part-time. I have a full time job and I have a barn full of horses that I care for that is equal to another full time job. Add to that the promotion work on my recent book and that is all the time I have left.
Do you have a special time and place to write?
I keep the book in my head until I am ready to commit it to paper. Most of my thinking about the books that I do is at the barn, when I am working out there. When it comes to putting it to paper, that happens whenever I get a free moment.
Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?
No, I pretty much just do what I can, when I can. I am a big Teddy Roosevelt fan and that was pretty much his motto in life.
What is the hardest thing about writing?
I would say finding the time to write and dealing with all the ideas people give you when they find out you are a writer.
What is the easiest thing about writing?
The easiest part for me is coming up with the actual ideas.
How long on average does it take you to write a book?
Pie took me about a year, start to finish.
Where can we find you online?
Amazon Author Page
Amazon Book Page
Kandy Kay Scaramuzzo is a seventh generation Texan who has her own brick at The Cowgirl Museum. She has taught in alternative education for over twenty years. Ms.Scaramuzzo is a member of the 2012 Strathmore's Who's Who. She has a BA in Criminology and MAedCT. She works in horse, dog, cat and snake
rescues. Ms. Scaramuzzo has been a tester observer for therapy dogs for nine years. She ran a therapy horse riding program for autistic children for five years. She has been a recognized animal behaviorist for over 20 years. This is her first book about an exceptional horse. She feels it is important to give back to maintain the balance of a civilized society.
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