Hi! I’m Sharon Biggs Waller and I’m the author of the young adult novels A Mad, Wicked Folly and The Forbidden Orchid.
I also write for magazines including Horse Illustrated, The Horse, Hobby Farms, Urban Farm, Hobby Farm Home, Chickens, and USDF Connection. I write a bi-monthly blog post called The Old Fashioned Way for The History Kitchen
I’ve written three non-fiction books: Advanced English Riding (Bow Tie Press) and In One Arena: Top Dressage Experts Share their Knowledge through the Levels (Half Halt Press), and I’m the co-author of The Original Horse Bible (Bow Tie Press, co-author Moira C. Reeve). My husband, Mark, and I live on an organic farm in Northwest Indiana with a flock of chickens, a gaggle of geese, six dairy goats, two horses, a beehive, and multiple dogs and cats.
Here are some facts about me:
~I used to be a national park ranger, and I worked at Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona; Cabrillo National Monument in San Diego, California; and Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore in Porter, Indiana.
~I owned a riding school in San Diego for fourteen years. I taught people to ride and I also trained horses. My specialty was (and still is) dressage. I’ve loved horses ever since I was a child and I still do.
~I lived in England for six years.
~I taught the Civil Service Club at the Royal Mews in Buckingham Palace with my husband, which was more fun than I can possibly say. The riding arena is older than our country. I used to feed Prince Philip’s horse, Phillipa, wine gums in between lessons.
~I sort of met Her Majesty the Queen once. I was at a children’s Christmas party at the Royal Mews, which the queen always attends. My niece and I were standing near her, trying not to stare. When Father Christmas came in on his sleigh, she looked at my niece and said: “The children rather like this, don’t they?” It was awesome.
~I like to make natural bath products such as bath fizzies, bath salts, and bubble bath. In England I sold my things at farmers markets with my niece Ashley. Once we made enough money to go Christmas shopping in Prague. I also love to embroider and I’ve just embarked on a course about 17th century embroidered caskets.
~I live on a ten-acre organic farm outside of Chicago with my husband Mark. We have a large vegetable garden and orchard and raise dairy goats (I make cheese and ice cream with the milk), chickens, and geese. We have two horses, three dogs, and five cats.
~It took me seventeen years to get an agent and a publisher for my fiction work. In that time I wrote five novels, all of which were good practice.