Authors

Our authors all love to receive feedback and would be happy to talk to readers who like their work.

Michelle CharmanMichelle Charman
Publisher / Founder of Forelock Books
Michelle has had a life-long passion for horses, inherited from her grandfather who was a jockey. Her childhood was spent in North Wales where she enjoyed many years exploring the mountains and beaches of Snowdonia on her pony Keli with her best friends Angie, Splash, Angela and Tresca, before moving to London where she worked for the world’s top publishing companies for more than 20 years.

In setting up Forelock Books Michelle has combined two of her greatest passions; Reading & Riding, Books & Horses.

Michelle now lives in Pulborough, West Sussex with her horse, husband, dog and cat.

KM Peyton MBEKM Peyton MBE
Author
Kathleen Peyton is an extremely well known and much loved author of horse and pony fiction. Kathleen had her first book published at the age of 15, she has had at least one book published every year since, with over 70 books published to date.

Best known for writing Flambards, a series televised in the 1970’s. She was awarded an MBE in the 2014 New Years Honours list for services to Children’s literature and other awards include The Guardian award for Children’s fiction and The Carnegie Award. She has been a keen horsewoman throughout her life, she is an experienced rider and a highly regarded member of both equestrian and literary fraternities.

Sue JamesonSue Jameson
Author/Actress
Sue Jameson is a well known British actress, but first and foremost she is a wonderful storyteller. Children will know her as Great Aunt Loretta from ‘Grandpa in my Pocket’, while grown ups may recognise her from a number of TV dramas, including ‘New Tricks’, ‘Casualty’, ‘Heartbeat’ and many many more.

Her characters and situations are so believable you feel like you’ve experienced them yourself. Her book Pony Tails is her first for Forelock Books bringing to life stories of The Exmoor, Connemara, Welsh Cob and Shetland. Hopefully there will many more to follow.

Laura Quigley
Author
Laura Quigley’s always loved horses and horse stories and as a kid used to bore all her non-horsey friends with her knowledge – though she was no expert. Since then she’s written history books about Plymouth, Secret Agents and the English Civil War in Devon as well as magazine articles, with many 5 star reviews online and in history magazines. As an active part of Hidden Heritage and supporter of local history organizations, she’s given popular presentations at local libraries, history events and Buckland Abbey in Devon. Her award-winning research has also appeared on stage in London and Exeter.

Laura’s expertise makes her the perfect author for “Spirit & The Magic Horsebox”
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Lucy JohnsonLucy Johnson
Author/Journalist/PR Executive
Lucy loves horses, writing and living in Devon!
She was given her first pony when she was just four years old, a wild little Dartmoor called Malteser, and since then she’s been smitten.
She now works in PR, mostly helping equestrian related businesses such as racecourses, event riders and competition venues. She has a son, Toby; two dogs, Dinosaur Fossil and Teal; and five horses, yes five! Two retired race mares Patience and Minnie, a huge thoroughbred Chester ,a part bred Arab Molly and Clover who is a very special horse. Lucy is a wonderful writer who knows what it’s like to ride and own a pony from a young age. She also knows how lucky she is and this comes across in her writing.

Maggie RaynorMaggie Raynor
Author & Illustrator
Maggie Raynor is regarded as being among the best equestrian illustrators working today but she is also a talented writer and a published author. Having spent a lifetime working with horses – riding, schooling and competing it comes as no surprise that Maggie is able to write engaging stories that will inspire, educate and entertain.

Ruth Benton-BlackmoreRuth Benton-Blackmore
Author & Artist
Ruth has always been invoved in children’s fiction; as a teacher and as an accomplished illustrator and editor. Working with children and ponies has been a significant part of her life. Ruth has had a lifetime of ponies and has spent many happy hours on horseback, careering joyfully accross Bodmin moor. As an instructor, she is a firm believer in putting in the necessary hours of schooling and perfecting technique; she feels enjoyment for both horse and rider is paramount. However pressure and competition should never get in the way of fun!

Carolyn HendersonCarolyn Henderson
Equestrian Journalist & Author
Carolyn Henderson is a renowned journalist and author who regularly writes for national magazines, newspapers and websites. She wrote her first article at the age of 12 for Pony magazine and hasn’t stopped since, which is how she’s managed to write nearly 40 books! Carolyn loves working with young horses and ponies and has competed successfully in affiliated show jumping, dressage and showing.

Julian DeemingJulian Deeming
Polo Player
Julian was born in Leicestershire in 1953 where he has happily re-settled after retiring from a lengthy London-based career which has included advertising, property development, event management and book publishing. He has maintained a lifelong love of horses and has played polo for over thirty years.
Initial idea and equine consultant for “Spirit & The Magic Horsebox”