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I’m Sharon Biggs Waller and I’m the author of the young adult novels A Mad, Wicked Folly, The Forbidden Orchid, and the upcoming Girls on the Verge.  

I also write for magazines including Horse Illustrated, The Horse, Hobby Farms, Urban Farm,  Chickens, and USDF Connection. I write an occaisional blog post called The Old Fashioned Way for Tori Avey

I’ve written three non-fiction books:  Advanced English Riding (Lumina) 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 (Lumina 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, ten 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 love to knit and embroider. I’ve just finished a course about 17th century embroidered caskets.

~My amazing literary agent is John M. Cusick of Folio Literary Management.

~I belong to the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI) and Corsets, Cutlasses, and Candlesticks.

22 Responses to About

  1. pedro says:

    Looking for an article in Horse Illustrated on Breed Profile,Native Heritage June 2011

  2. kathy says:

    like your blog do u know if there is a group of hobby farmers in Indiana who get together share info and stuff? We are fixing a place in Marion and planning towards chickens, goats, guinea hogs, ducks, geese, guinea hens, a big garden, ect. looking for like-minded people.

    • Hi Kathy, welcome to the blog! I’m not sure what to tell you about farmers in Indiana. I’ve not discovered one yet, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t one out there. Have you posted on the Hobby Farms forum? That would probably be a good place to start. Second would be Craig’s List. Let me know how you get on.

  3. kathy says:

    I found that forum this morning thank you.

  4. Gay Mcclaugherty says:

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  5. Bob Bensman says:

    I am looking for a vehichle to tow a 2 horse trailor. Comments on a Toyota Seqoia, or Lexus GX 470. Also like it to be a daily driver.

  6. Peggy Hetlage says:

    Sharon, I would like to review your Horse Bible book as a resource for a Horsemastership program in California. Is there a way to contact the publisher to secure an evaluation copy?

  7. Charlene Milne says:

    Hello Sharon, How is your writing going?
    I met you out in Harper College at the SCBWI. I sent you an email about 2 months ago. It may have ended up in your spam….

  8. Jarelle Stein says:

    Hi Sharon: Love the new blog and this bio with the new photo. You look great! Also good news to hear that I-5 is reprinting Horse Bible; it’s about time. I hope those will be in circulation soon. Right now “new” copies are being offered on Amazon for as much as $900. If regular-priced editions don’t appear soon, I may be tempted to sell my own copy to stir up some much-needed cash and I really don’t want to do that! Too many fond memories…

    • Sharon Biggs Waller says:

      Hi Jarelle! I was just thinking about you! Haha, re the book. My husband suggested the same thing! The new pub date is August. I have to update that on the blog too. Drop me an email and let me know how you’re doing. : )

  9. Kiley says:

    Hello Sharon,
    I have recently finished your book A Mad Wicked Folly and I loved it. I am a young aspiring writer and I was just fascinated by the way Vicky’s emotions bounced along every page as I read, and by the end of the book I felt sad because I realized that I had started to think of Vicky as a close friend of mine. I fell head over heels in love with Will and I was jumping up and down by the end of the book. I was wondering if maybe you could pass on some tips to myself as a young writer, I would be grateful for any advice. I am very glad that I came across this book though and I am recommending it to all of my friends. I am looking forward to turning the pages of your books in the future.

    • Sharon Biggs Waller says:

      Hi Kiley,

      Thank you so much for making my day! I’m so pleased you loved the book. I really love hearing from readers, it’s one of my favorite things. I would be happy to give you some tips. Go ahead and fill out the form on the Contact Me page and we’ll go from there. Also if you like I can send you some signed swag.



    • Sharon Biggs Waller says:

      Hi Kiley! Thanks so much for your kind words about FOLLY! I’d be happy to answer some questions for you. Go ahead and send me an email through my Contact Me form.



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  11. Angella says:

    Hi, I’m in middle school and I’m doing a presentation on your book, “A Mad Wicked Folly” and I have some questions that I haven’t been able to find. We have to answer when and where the author was born and the area of study. If you could get back to me as soon as you could, that’d be great!

    Thanks, have a great day!

  12. Holly in Arizona says:

    hi sharon, this is Holly. i really miss tullie( is that how u spell her name?) i am so close to finishing “A Mad Wicked Folly” i told my english teacher that i knew you and she now wants to read the book! or books. once i finish the book i am going to lend it to her. i hope i see you and tullie and drifter again! when i get old enough to ride on a plane by myself i will come and see everyone! tell you mom i said hi! this is my first time finding your bio. grandma/pat just got out of the pool. anyways miss you and give tulie a kiss on the nose for me. my first time riding a horse was so much fun! i want to learn and their is a barn near us and i want to see if grandma will let me take lessons. have a nice day!

  13. Lane M says:

    Hey Mrs. Waller! I absolutely loved A Mad, Wicked Folly. I love it so much I’ve read it about twenty times. I don’t have any questions for you though. I just love your novel!

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