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Chris Platt is an award-winning author of more than a dozen books for young readers, including the popular horse novels Moon Shadow; Willow King and its sequel, Race the Wind; and many titles in the Thoroughbred juvenile fiction series.

She has a degree in journalism from the University of Nevada, Reno, and specializes in writing about horses. During her youth she worked as a jockey in Oregon (she was one of the first female jockeys in the state), and has been a life-long horse owner. Platt lives in Washoe Valley, Nevada.

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Chris Platt Hi Tori,
I grew up on a farm in the Midwest. I had a good childhood in a small town, living close to all my relatives. Back then, you could go away on…more
Hi Tori,
I grew up on a farm in the Midwest. I had a good childhood in a small town, living close to all my relatives. Back then, you could go away on vacation and not even lock your doors. lol. I moved out west when I was 9. That's about the time I started writing--just poems and short stories at first, then when I grew up and decided to go to college, I was either going to go to veterinarian school or be a journalist. They didn't have a vet school where I lived, so I would have had to sell all my horses and move to a place that had a vet school. I chose print Journalism because I didn't want to have to lose my pets. I started writing books along with newpaper and magazine articles in college, and one day I got lucky and met some fantastic editors who liked my books.(less)
Chris Platt I run. I think of all kinds of things while I'm running. I play the "what if" game... "what if a girl went to an auction and bought a horse without…moreI run. I think of all kinds of things while I'm running. I play the "what if" game... "what if a girl went to an auction and bought a horse without her parents' permission...?" Actually, I really did that when I was a kid. ha, ha! I got into a lot of trouble for that one. :-)
Use your imagination and throw all kind of ideas against the wall. Eventually something will stick, and you'll say, "Hey, maybe there's something to that?" and an idea for a book, or story will start to form. When I'm writing, I play scenes in my head like I'm watching a movie. Then I write down what I see and hear. I'm not sure how others work, but that is what works for me. The main thing is to sit down and start writing. Even if it's total junk, the act of writing will eventually inspire good things to come. But, give the "what if" game a try. The combinations are endless... What if a kid wanted to become a champion hot dog eater, or an Olympic athlete, or a doctor, or break the record for trips to the principal's office? Play the game, write the book!!(less)
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"I really liked this short young adult book, which is different from the usual horse-riding tale. A cantankerous elderly lady is failing to care for her two Appaloosa horses. She may be going senile. So Ali and Cara sneak into the barn one night an..." Read more of this review »
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Lucinda Dear Chris,
Thanks so much for acepting my friend request! I look forward to discovering your horse books.
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Lucinda x


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