"It is not enough for a man to know how to ride; he must know how to fall.
~Mexican Proverb




"A horse gallops with his lungs,
perseveres with his heart,
and wins with his character.
- Frederico Tesio

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Bio

Kathrynn Dennis
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Kathrynn Dennis sold to her first book to Kensington in June of 2006. She’s been writing seriously for three years. Kathrynn divides her time between two professions: veterinarian and professor, two avocations: wife and mother, and one calling: author. Kathrynn lives in California with her husband and children.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are you really a veterinarian?

Yes, I am a practicing veterinarian and have been for the last 16 years. As life-long horse owner and rider, I specialize in equine medicine. My veterinary colleagues ask me if I’m really a romance writer. My writer friends ask me about their pets, and my patients never ask me anything . . . but I wish they could!

It’s been said you write “horsetorcials.” What exactly is a “horsetorical?”

First and foremost, I write romance. My books always have an HEA (happily ever after) ending. Horses figure prominently in the stories, but my books are not about the horses. They are about the hero and the heroine and their struggle to find true love (together). I tend to favor the earthy sensuality of a medieval setting and I love digging into research on horsemanship, horse medicine, and riding styles and etiquette of the time---thus the origin of the “horsetorical.”

With children and a full-time day job, when do you find time to write?

I write anytime, anyplace: on planes, in hotels, while the kids are at soccer, gymnastics. . . wherever! Long uninterrupted stretches of writing are a rarity. I may get ten pages or just ten lines written a day, but I do it every day. Everything I write counts. It has to. I’ve got only thirty years or so left to do what I love.

Did you ever think your first novel was your practice novel, the one where you’d learn your craft, but would never sell?

No way. I’m too old to have a practice novel. I envy younger writers with ten or more books under their belt. At middle age, I wrote my first book and rewrote it, until I thought it was ready to submit. I chewed on that book like a dog with bone, pardon the veterinary pun, but I was determined to finish it and make it my best effort. I learned the craft as I went along. As a result, my second book came easier, though finishing a book is never easy. Selling is even harder, no matter how old you are. Frank McCourt, who published his first book at age 65, is my hero!

How long does it take you to write a book and what is your writing process?

It takes me about three months to write the first draft. I get a niggling of an idea, then free-write, or “pants it” the first fifteen or twenty pages. After that, I sit down and plot out the rest. I spend several months revising, layering and editing the finished manuscript. I keep a calendar at my computer desk and record daily page counts, so I can see where I am and think about writing towards the goal of completion.

Do you use family and friends as characters in your books?

So far, no character in my books is based entirely on a personal friend, family member, or a client. But there’s a little bit of somebody I know in every character I create. Some of the horses in my books are based on horses I’ve known.

Where do you get your ideas?

Eye witness history books, old veterinary texts, medieval court documents, and real life cases I’ve treated.

How did you make your first sale?

I won my local RWA chapter’s contest. The editor-judge asked to see the full manuscript. I sent it. She called and said she loved it. What she probably doesn’t remember (I sorta hope she doesn’t), is the nervous newbie who sat in front of her at an editor appointment almost four years ago and pitched that book to her, not having a clue about what she was doing. I had an idea for a story. I hadn’t written a word. Ever. And I didn’t know pitching an unfinished (er, not-even-started) manuscript was kind of breaking the “rules.” It was my first RWA meeting!

How much do you make as a writer?

Uh, not much. Let’s just say I won’t be hanging up my stethoscope anytime soon.

What advice would you give romance writers who want to get published?

Join the RWA. Learn the craft. Get your behinny in the chair every day and WRITE!

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