several Marguerite Henry fans gather to hear the biography of Marguerite Henry

Why Write a Marguerite Henry Biography?

When I set out to discover who Marguerite Henry, my favorite author of horse books, was before she became famous, it didn't occur to me that I would find enough information to write her biography. And I kind of did and didn't. 

Marguerite Henry did not have children. As far as I can tell, she has no living relatives. Through the help of several local historical societies and other dedicated Marguerite Henry fans, I was able to piece together information about her life as a little girl and young woman in Milwaukee. 

Over the course of the two years I researched and wrote Marguerite, Misty and Me, the previously untold story of Marguerite Henry, I uncovered amazing anecdotes and accounts of her life. 

Along the way I realized all the overlap. I started infusing my horse story of being influenced by Marguerite into her timeline. At first it felt awkward--I am not in Marguerite's league as a writer. I don't have my doctorate in history. But I do have a curious mind, and I had a shared geography with my favorite storyteller.

As time rolled on, I realized there were still legions of Marguerite Henry fans out there. Fans who would love to learn more about their horse and literary heroine. Fans like these awesome ladies from my home barn in Illinois--just a hop, skip and a jump away from the same community where Marguerite lived when she penned King of the Wind, Justin Morgan Had a Horse and my dreambook: Misty of Chincoteague. These readers proved there was a market for the first-ever Marguerite Henry biography.

Snag your copy of Marguerite, Misty and Me here. Enjoy the ride!

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