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’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.
~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.