Do you remember the book that started your love of reading?
I do - it's a book called "Star of Wild Horse Canyon" (by Clyde Robert Bulla) and it came in one of those mystery Scholastic Lucky Book Club Book Bags when I was in Year One. I remember reading it in one sitting - all 70 pages (with a rather large font and numerous drawings...) - and charging out of my bedroom to tell my parents. I thought I was so grown up!
And then - things started to change. Romance started to creep into my pony books - starting with "The Dream Horse" by Virginia Campbell Scott. On the cover it says "A girl with no roots. A boy with a bad reputation. A horse nobody wants." Okay - I was a thirteen year old horse-mad (horse-less!) girl who was just discovering the pain of unrequited love. I couldn't read this book fast enough!
Over the next few years my reading taste started to slide heavily towards romance, and by age sixteen I was lucky enough to have my own horse - to be living the dream of horse ownership, and horse shows - even a pony club camp! - that I'd dreamt of for so long. I was finally the girl in the pony book (handsome teen heartthrob aside).
I sold my last horse, Vee (the pics are of her - isn't she lovely?) in my early twenties, and I can't see horses again in my future anytime soon. But, those pony books will still follow me everywhere - they started a life long love of reading, and daydreaming, that eventually led to me thinking that maybe I should try writing a book one day... And while right now I'm more than happy writing romance, I reckon I have at least one pony book inside me.
Do you remember the book that triggered your love of reading? Do you have a favourite author or series from your childhood?