|Judy Reene Singer|
A former high school English teacher with graduate degrees in psychology, Judy Reene Singer has been in love with horses since childhood and has covered the equestrian world for more than a decade, writing for Dressage Today and other publications. With her debut novel, Horseplay, Singer expresses her love of horses for popular fiction fans.
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Judy Reene Singer
Goshen, New York
Place of Birth:
Hunter College; State University at Stony Brook
|Singer's Debut |
Judy Reene Singer
When Judy Van Brunt finally decides to leave her cheating husband, she finds a position as a groom at an exclusive North Carolina horse farm. She soon realizes that her devotion to horses is far more rewarding than her marriage ever was -- horses never lie or cheat, and even the most hot-blooded stallion won't kick her when she's down. But she soon finds love galloping her way once again....
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|A Writer's Rites|
|In our exclusive interview, we asked Singer if she has any special writing rituals. "I think I have a little OCD going on because everything in my office has to be in its place, neat and orderly, before I can sit and write," she explains. "I also have this goofy-looking little stuffed horse that sits on my printer and watches over me, advising me on grammar every once in a while. I read my stuff aloud to him, too."|
|An Early Influence||Singer's Reading Recommendations|
|One Hundred Years of Solitude|
Gabriel García Márquez
Singer told us the Gabriel García Márquez classic had a major influence on her career as a writer. "It was the style that I found so liberating -- that if you can imagine something, you can capture it on paper. That though our lives have limits in reality, there are no limits when you write. You can soar," she reflects.
We asked Singer to tell us about some of her all-time favorite books. She selected Jane Smiley's Horse Heaven, explaining, "I loved the skillful way she wove all those narrative threads together, and it had horses in it, so this was a shoo-in." Read our interview to learn more about Singer's best-loved books, including: