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Tabby's Big Year by Hollie Anne Marsh - Book Tour

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Tabby’s Big Year

After Tabby’s father vanishes, a deep rift develops in Tabby’s family. Tabby’s mother is focused on being a star performer in her pharmaceutical sales career, while Ava, Tabby’s older sister, is living with grandparents in Cornwall. Tabby feels neglected by her mother and jealous of Ava and although outwardly diligent and responsible, she’s like a kettle about to blow its top… bottling things up until it’s nearly impossible to keep a lid on her frustration and sadness.

Tabby finds solace with her best friends Cate and Violet at Sweetbriars Farm where she is nursing her dream horse Bliss back to peak performance, to be able to participate in the try-outs for the British Young Riders Squad.

Tabby also finds herself facing other challenges – saving her beloved horse Nancy from the knacker’s yard and finding the courage to tell her friends the truth about her family. 
Will Tabby be able to save the horses she loves and be brave enough to tell people how she really feels?

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Author Q&A 

1.    What is the first book that made you cry?
Anne Franke’s Diary… I read it when I was a teenager and it sadly brought the atrocities of Hitler to life for me, especially since told from a young girl’s point of view.
2. How long, on average, does it take you to write a book?
Well, so far the first draft for my first and second books have taken up to four months. The final manuscript took much longer with all the editing (!) at nine months to a year.
3. How do you select the names of your characters?
I keep a little list of names that I love or find interesting… usually discovered through everyday life – meeting people, watching television, movies, reading books etc. Sometimes if I am stuck I will also resort to a google search! I must admit though, I have a longer list of animal names.
4. What creature do you consider your "spirit animal" to be?
Well, my star sign is a Leo and I think I am Leo-like… although I don’t think I am that bossy – my partner might disagree. I think I am pretty brave like a lion – you have to be brave and get past your vulnerability to write books. I have also uprooted my life several times to live in different parts of the world which I guess is quite brave. 
5. What are your top 5 favourite movies?
This is off the top of my head as I love so many movies! Also, it’s an eclectic mix: Forrest gump, Beaches, I love you Phillip Morris, Sideways and Lost in Translation (Bill Murray is pretty good)… if I could sneak in a sixth I’d add L’Auberge Espagnole ( :
6. If you were the last person on Earth, what would you do?
I would love to visit buildings or landmarks that aren’t easily visited… Castles, mansions, stunning islands… also to do something important like clean up the environment for animals if that was possible.
7. What fictional character would you want to be friends with in real life?
Well, I’m going to say Violet from Sweetbriars! She is sassy, confident and funny. She is the kind of friend we would all like to have as she has your back and isn't afraid to tell you what she thinks.

8. Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
I think you need to have a thick skin and know that probably not everyone is going to love your book… you need to find your audience. When I wrote Leaving The City I got a bunch of five-star reviews once I released it (luckily), and when I got my first four-star review I remember feeling quite upset. Which now I feel was completely ridiculous. As four stars is good and one person’s four stars is another person’s five. Also if you get a lower rating or not the best review you can learn form that… and so what, you put yourself out there and you wrote a book!
I also think trying new things with marketing is important. I paid a lot to advertise in some magazines with little return, then smaller internet activities have cost a fraction of the price and worked quite well.
Also if you want to be successful do some research on your genre. Try and understand what is working and why…  read some of the popular books, read their blurbs, assess their covers and very importantly read the reviews. Once you start writing, you look at other books with completely new eyes… both appreciation and sometimes more critically. This will help you to write something that people enjoy reading OR maybe it helps you discover a niche.

9. What book do you wish you had written?
Maybe Eat Pray Love…  I loved the book and could really relate to it at that point in my life. Although I didn’t like the movie so much.
Hollie Anne Marsh is an Australian author who lives in Barcelona, Spain with her partner, baby boy and horse Frieda. 

Hollie has been horse riding since she was a little girl, enjoying activities such as Pony Club, showjumping, eventing, and trail-riding in the great Australian bush. Hollie lived in England for almost ten years where she had two horses and trained them for dressage. 

The Sweetbriars series is inspired by all the special moments Hollie spent with horses - good, funny, and challenging moments! 

Additionally the 'coming of age' and 'growing up' experiences that Hollie had.
Hollie hopes that readers will be able to identify with the characters, find the books fun to read, and they will help readers learn more about horses.

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