Writing the Ride

Candace Carrabus Books


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About Candace

Hey, there, welcome! Thanks for checking this out. I’m a multi-published author of fantasy, contemporary mystery, young adult fantasy, and metaphysical fiction. Some of my stories are geared toward adults and star women of a certain age <cough> because, well, women of a certain age like to have adventures, too, right? This is not because the stories contain material inappropriate for younger people.

Me and my best friend and best ride ever, Smirnoff.

My best friend for over 25 years, and the best ride ever, Smirnoff.

I’ve  written stories and ridden horses–simultaneously–for as long as I can remember. I spent my formative years in the saddle–just imagining. When not riding, I hung out in the loft with the barn cat or napped in the pasture with the horses.

The fantasy stories are somewhat non-standard. They don’t have any elves or dragons. Nor vampires or any of the other creatures that inhabit urban fantasy. I call them fantasy-light for non-fantasy readers. They aren’t terribly violent nor do they have much sexual content. Most fantasy readers will enjoy them, and if you love horses, you’ll like them. Unless you hate fantasy. But if that were the case, you probably wouldn’t be here, right?

The contemporary murder mystery series stars a 29-year old horsewoman. Read more about Vi and her adventures on the Dream Horse Mysteries page.


Remi, the chestnut on the right, hangs with his pasture mate, Zhivago.

We live on a farm in Missouri. We being my husband, daughter, a pack of dogs, clowder of cats, and herd of goats. My awesome horse, Remi, couldn’t take it and got his own place where he can hang out with other equines. Although riding is high on the list, one of my greatest pleasures is sitting on the back deck, sipping tea, reading a good book, and watching the birds.

Not surprisingly, my stories are often infused with the mystery and spirituality horses have brought to my life. Dogs and cats are usually around, too. A portion of profits are donated to animal shelters/rescues and Therapeutic Horsemanship.

My philosophy, in brief :: (No, not in briefs, but that’s a nice image, thank you very much.)

We are all immigrants in spirit, with our minds, hearts, and souls being the final frontier. This is what happens to all my main characters–whether by choice or accident or design–they go somewhere else.

They immigrate.

At first, this change is external–physical.  Over time, their journeys lead to a place of discovery and growth that is within each individual alone.  The final frontier to which we all can go.

Why don’t you hop on and come along for the ride? To get news and free reads, sign up for my newsletter. It’s easy, and I only send it out about four times a year.


Awards and such

Raver — Book One of the Horsecaller
First place, Sci-Fi/Fantasy novel, Oklahoma Writers Federation, 2003
First place, Paranormal, Toronto Romance Writers, 2005

Winterlight (now known as On the Buckle)
Third place, Single Title Contemporary, Toronto Romance Writers, 2005

A Farmer at Last
Second place, Essay, Oklahoma Writers’ Federation, 2003

Third place, Poetry Unrhymed Short, Oklahoma Writers’ Federation, 2003

Unending Memory
Second place, Saturday Writers Poetry Contest


” . . . she’s a very good writer, very level-headed, with all the right expectations and professional patience, who can write in both the  fantasy and the romance fields.” — Philip Martin, author/editor of The Writer’s Guide to Fantasy Literature.






One Response to About Candace

  1. Mike Almond says:

    Dear Candace,

    It normally takes a lot to disturb my equilibrium. But today I unearthed your wealth of accomplishments whilst searching for a suitably horsey tome for a god-daughter and made an “ancient” connection which momentarily rocked me.

    Candace Carrabus . . . The Riding School in Ness . . . The pub in the village (The Wheatsheaf?) . . . teenagers in the sunshine and an infinitesimally small moment in time when our worlds touched lightly for a couple of brief evenings together. You name leapt off the page, as did Mt. Sinae – I seem to recall that we were short-lived pen pals!

    You’ll be delighted to know that I have invested in your “stock” via Amazon, in the hope that another young girl will grasp the reins of life and bring a smile to my face – as you have succeeded in doing today.

    It truly is a small world. Let’s face it, worlds don’t come much smaller than Ness, Wirral!

    Best Wishes,


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