How a horse's battle with cancer inspired his owner to pen children's novel (From Maldon and Burnham Standard)
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How a horse's battle with cancer inspired his owner to pen children's novel
5:00pm Thursday 26th December 2013 in News
A first-time author was inspired by her horse’s battle with cancer.
Helen White, of Little Totham, owes her debut children’s novel, A Dark Horse, to 16-year-old Laddie.
He was diagnosed with cancer in May 2012 and eventually had to have surgery in April this year.
“I started writing when he was diagnosed,” said Helen, a full-time mum.
“I was obviously very distraught and had this thought that if he had a certain talent, it would have helped things, he could have told me something was wrong.”
She will not give away what the talent is, but A Dark Horse is about how a horse helps save the life of his owner Beth by revealing a unique talent, at the same time putting himself at risk.
Five per cent of the sales will go to Shy Lowen Horse and Pony Sanctuary in Liverpool.
* A Dark Horse is available at ypdbooks.com or Amazon as a paperback (£4.99) or e-book version (£3.60).
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