I asked some quirky questions of Carly Kade! But first, check her out on Amazon: amazon.com/author/carlykade
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Now for some fun!
Howdy, Carly! Let’s start with what is the hardest part of being an author?
Being an author isn’t always easy! There’s a lot of heavy lifting involved in getting a dream underway. I am responsible for running my own business, Carly Kade Creative, and that includes so many different facets from time management (like actually finding the time to write!) to deadlines to running promotions to generating publicity to website development to creating marketing materials to attending events to running social media channels to writing a blog to publishing my books and so much more.
Sometimes I think my head might spin. LOL.
In addition, I have a “real” job, a patient spouse, two dogs, and a horse waiting to spend time with me. Being at the barn fuels my creativity and helps me refresh from my life as a corporate cowgirl. I do what it takes to fit in my much needed barn time (although it feels as if it is never for as long as I’d like). Somehow though, I always make everything work and feel so fortunate to be able to have the life that I do.
I’m a busy cowgirl, and it can be difficult to fit in time for my creative writing, so I designed a plan for my writing life. I get up every morning at 5:30 am and start my day by writing before I go to my corporate job. At the end of the week, my husband reads back to me the chapters I’ve written. The routine works. I finished two books this way, and I’m already almost finished with the third book in my In the Reins horse book series.
I am really proud of the creative life I’m inventing for myself!
You should be proud! How did you meet your best friend? (Animals count here!)
Sissy is my horse and my very best friend. She’s the type of horse I always dreamed of owning. She is a registered Paint mare, and I am happily spending time with her in Arizona. If you’ve taken a tour of my website or followed me on my Carly Kade Creative Facebook page, you’ll notice Sissy also stands in as the horse character Faith in my promotional videos for In the Reins. I do all the marketing for the books myself so it helps to have my own horse to work with as I film the footage!
There is nothing more peaceful to me than the quiet bond between a woman and her horse. I am happiest when I am in the saddle and riding my best friend.
Forget diamonds; horses are a gal’s best friend! What is your most bizarre talent?
I can perform the walk, trot and canter on all fours. Ever since I was a child, I pretended that I was a horse. As an adult, I still sometimes gallop around the house on my hands and knees with my dogs or to entertain my husband. Super weird … I know!
No one is weird on Quirky Questions! Besides, I did the same! Though my wings got in the way. Moving on! What is your favorite smell?
This one is easy. The smells of the barn! Horses, hay, shavings.
With a dash of leather and summer! I agree! What superpower would you like to have for a day?
I’d love to have a super power that produced a sense of calm in humans. The closest thing I’ve witnessed to this kind of super power is meditation (and horseback riding). The greatest suffering I think all humans have to endure on some level are the conversations we have in our minds. The stories we tell ourselves about not being good enough or lovable or liked are the thoughts that kill our dreams and stop us from being the change we want to see in the world! I’d love to have a magical wand of calmness that I could wave over humanity. In my imagination, it would heal our world and quiet the nasty, negative internal dialogue that we create for ourselves.
Now that’s a superpower we could use! What is one of your favorite quotes?
The journey I’ve been on with my book reminds me of the Rumi quote, “Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray.” That quote really sums up the pull of my love for horses and creative writing has on me. That love, that pull has not led me astray. I’m glad I had the courage to follow the pull. I am one lucky author cowgirl. I feel so blessed by those who have supported me, the readers who have enjoyed In the Reins and the equestrian community that has embraced me as an author of equestrian fiction.
You truly are blessed! Now, as we head back to the barn, let me ask: what is your favorite pizza topping?
I am a pizza connoisseur. My husband and I love trying different pizza joints. Right now, we are stuck on finding the best artichoke and cheese pizzas in Arizona. Pizza makes my spurs jingle!
Pizza is the staff of life! Thank you, Carly, for answering my quirky questions! Gallop over to Amazon to buy Carly’s books and throw her a loud Yee-haw! by reading, reviewing, and sharing! We’ll be here again next Friday with more quirky authors!
Happy reading! 🙂