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Raised in Southern Maryland, Kristie Higgins grew up as a horse lover, riding friends' horses whenever possible. Short stories written as a horse-obsessed teenager have stuck with her and are now emerging as novels.

She is a graduate of Indiana University, Bloomington and a retired instrumental music teacher. She taught in various elementary schools in Maryland for twelve years before retiring. No musician can ever give up music, so she plays keyboards in her church, with her two teenage sons playing guitar and bass alongside. At the end of the day, she relaxes, watching horse racing and writing with the help of her two cats, Shadow and Cookie.

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Kristie Higgins Wounds into Wisdom - I think I've found an editor, and will be getting it worked on in the next few months. My graphic artist is working on the cover …moreWounds into Wisdom - I think I've found an editor, and will be getting it worked on in the next few months. My graphic artist is working on the cover and I've been going over it one more time before editing just to make sure everything's in place. I hope to publish by the summer!
The next book will hopefully be ready sooner, but as we all know, it takes money, and it doesn't grow on trees. ;) (less)
Kristie Higgins Since I began watching horse racing in the 1980's, I've been fascinated by female jockeys. Julie Krone was my first favorite female jockey and no matt…moreSince I began watching horse racing in the 1980's, I've been fascinated by female jockeys. Julie Krone was my first favorite female jockey and no matter what she was riding, I always cheered for her to win. Once the internet came along, I began learning more and more about females in the business and what they had to go through at the beginning of their pari-mutual race riding. (They had been riding for decades, but not in races where betting was allowed.) Their fight was a quiet one in the press, earning a few mentions here or there, but never receiving the attention race relations were getting at the time (late 60's). Once I learned everything they went through, the torture from fans and track workers, I knew I had to tell the story. I had to call attention to the bravery of these young women. They weren't just brave. They weren't doing it to get their name in the paper. They rode because they were obsessed with the thrill of winning, the love of horses, for the the ability to compete in a sport (Not many opportunities were given in the 60's for women - pretty much only tennis, swimming, and softball). Diane Crump, for example, a real person named in my book, was quoted as saying that she was just a girl who loved to ride horses. She wasn't there to be the first female to ride in a pari-mutual race. She wasn't there to see her name in the newspaper or even history books. She just wanted to ride. To me, knowing everything she had to go against just to ride, just for the chance at winning a race, knowing nearly every man in the country was against her but doing it anyway, that was true bravery. I hope my character, Rachel, helped portray some of that bravery.(less)
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Chivalry (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: In 1960s New York, seventeen-year-old Rachel McMahon has grown up on the backside of Belmont Park exercising race horses for her mother, a rare female trainer in a sport dominated by men. Her mother, however, doesn’t support her dream, fearing for her safety, not simply because of the inherent dangers of riding a high-spirited racehorse on the track, but because of the attacks other pioneering women jockeys have dealt with across the country. Even so, the greatest threat to her dream was her abduction and subsequent torture at the hands of a depraved and evil man—a man she calls the “monster.” Nightmares and flashbacks take control of her life and threaten to destroy her. But then she met Erick, who shares her dream, and is determined to help her find her way out of the nightmares and back to her dreams. With the help of Chivalry, their barn’s newest and most promising horse, Rachel and her family set their sights on the most prestigious race in the country—The Kentucky Derby. But with the intense pushback from the male jockeys and the fans, they wonder if it’s all worth it. Will Rachel be able to hold on through the storms coming against her?
How (not) to Grieve (Literature & Fiction)
1 chapters   —   updated May 24, 2017 07:11PM
Description: Prequel to the Backstretch series: Julia McMahon is widowed with two children at the age of 22, losing her husband in a racing accident. She has dreams where she talks to her dead husband, but tries her hardest not to believe it is really him. It must be all in her mind. However, things happen over the years to cause doubt. He seems too real. He knows things he could not have known. Because of her ongoing relationship with her husband, she feels wrong about dating and avoids men for nearly fifteen years. Paul Holden has a secret. He talks to his dead wife, and has been for many years, since her death in a car accident on their wedding day. This confuses him, but he still seeks to keep her with him, and refuses to date anyone else as he holds on desperately to the love of his life. Paul and Julia know of each other but refuse to acknowledge the other exists, until a strange, mutual need to read the same book at the same time forces them to speak. Together, they try to figure out what they have been doing all these years. Were their spouses real or something imagined in order to keep from feeling the loss? Follow their journey of discovery into the world of the paranormal.
Turn of the Tide (Literature & Fiction)
1 chapters   —   updated May 24, 2017 07:02PM
Description: Book Three in the series - The continuation of Candy's search for herself. She now has to deal with the after effects of an abusive relationship - fear that keeps her from enjoying life. Demetri had threatened to find her if she ever ran away. How can she enjoy life while on the run? She tries a small town in Canada, and as hard as she tries not to fall in love with the town and its people, she does, and they fall for her. One man, in particular, does everything in his power to help her, but in doing so, makes a huge mistake. That mistake puts her back into the hands of Demetri and in a situation that could be her last.
Wounds Into Wisdom (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: Set in 1969, in this parallel sequel to “Chivalry,” Candy O’Neil is a strong young woman who has risen from one problem after another her entire life. Drugs have ruined her family, her brother steals money she earns from her job as a groom at Belmont Park, and now her best friend has been kidnapped and is presumed dead. Feeling she has no other choice, she escapes, hitchhiking out of New York to find a new life. After an unsuccessful attempt at modeling, she goes back to grooming horses, this time at Pimlico in Baltimore. There, she meets a horse trainer who is strong, financially secure, knows what he wants, and can help her. This time it must be fate; she’s got the perfect job, the perfect man, the perfect life. Finally, she’s found what she’s always wanted - security. However, what she perceives as security slowly and methodically turns into insecurity, confusion, fear, and then abuse. Follow Candy’s journey down the east coast as she finds herself, then loses everything. Again. How many times can she pull herself out of trouble before finally giving up?
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“How despicably I have acted!" she cried; "I, who have prided myself on my discernment! I, who have valued myself on my abilities! who have often disdained the generous candour of my sister, and gratified my vanity in useless or blameable mistrust! How humiliating is this discovery! Yet, how just a humiliation! Had I been in love, I could not have been more wretchedly blind. But vanity, not love, has been my folly. Pleased with the preference of one, and offended by the neglect of the other, on the very beginning of our aquaintance, I have courted prepossession and ignorance, and driven reason away, where either were concerned. Till this moment I never knew myself.”
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