I live in Reading PA along with the real Quincy. I am a clinical social worker and equine assisted growth and learning specialist. The real Quincy, who inspired the Quincy the Horse books when he was 7 is now 24 years old. He is an American quarter horse who was a trail riding horse for many years and is a mainstay of my equine therapy program.
Title: Quincy and Buck
Author: Camille Matthews illustrator: Michelle Black
Page count: 40
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Price: Hardcover $15.95, eBook $8.99
Tell us about your book:
It is the third book in the Quincy the Horse series. The story is about overcoming fear and dealing with a bully. Quincy dreams of trail riding in the desert near his home but he is afraid of meeting wild animals out in the desert. His friend, Beau, an old horse who has done everything, explains to him that he will never become brave if he stays home, so he goes on his first trail ride. He hopes to find a trail buddy who will guide him but the horse he chooses turns out to be a bully. Over the course of the ride, he discovers that he is more confident than he imagined and that Buck is afraid underneath his façade of strength. The story of the day’s ride is set in the desert of the Southwest which has breathtaking scenery.
How long did it take to write the book?
The book took several years including the completion of the text and the illustrations.
What inspired you to write the book?
The year before I wrote the first of the Quincy Books I participated in a training to learn how to do Equine Assisted Psychotherapy. EAP works because the client observes, interacts and empathizes with the horse/s. In the midst of the training program I had the idea of creating a series of books for children about Quincy’s adventures because the things he experienced were things that children also face. I thought they would be able to identify with Quincy and therefore learn more about the world of relationships and their own feelings and problems.
Talk about the writing process. Did you have a writing routine? Did you do any research, and if so, what did that involve?
I had a study in my home in New Mexico with a picture window that looked out into the yard and the pasture where the horses were. I had my computer and also an old photo printer. As Michelle Black would send me photos of the paintings, I would print them out and then cut and tape them together with the printed text to make a mock up of the finished book.
What do you hope your readers come away with after reading your book?
First of all, I hope they love going on a day’s trail ride and learning about the desert because it is one of the most amazing places in the world. Next I hope they are encouraged to face fears head on and to see that the things we fear most often do not even happen. Last I hope Quincy and Buck will help kids understand more about bullies and get them talking about this with each other, parents, teachers, classmates. Hopefully developing openness about the topic now can help when and if they face the problem in the later grades and in high school.
Excerpt from book:
“Buck turned from the road into the sand wash that twisted around like a big snake. Quincy did not have time to worry. He was busy trying to keep up. His hooves sank deep in the sand. Walking in a sand wash is hard work. Soon they reached the Mushroom People. The Mushroom People were huge, fat rocks that towered over the desert. They looked like a mushroom family standing along the trail.”
Where can we go to buy your book?
Quincy and Buck is available in hardcover and all eBook formats wherever books are sold and in public libraries.
Any other links or info you'd like to share?
Yes. Our website is quincythehorse.com and my blog is pathfinderpursuits.com. We also have a great Facebook community at facebook.com/quincythehorse. I can be reached directly through the contact form on our website if anyone has specific questions or requests.
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