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Four In Hand: Author Kay Kendall

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Kay Kendall Four In Hand
Author Kay Kendall with the only type of horse that doesn’t make her sneeze.

Our Four In Hand driver is mystery author Kay Kendall, who takes us back to the late 1960s with Austin Starr, a Texas girl who follows her draft resistor husband to college in Toronto.

Kay grew up in the bucolic Flint Hills of Kansas but dreamed of returning to her father’s ancestral home of Texas and of becoming a latter-day Nancy Drew or John le Carré. Instead, higher education and circumstance led her down a long and winding road to graduate studies in history at Harvard, to Canada, international corporate communications, work in Russia, and finally, finally, her beloved Texas.

Today Kay is an international award-winning PR executive who lives in Texas with her husband, three house rabbits, and spaniel Wills. Now she writes historical murder mysteries.

Growing up during the Cold War, she recalls the drama of an ICBM (intercontinental ballistic missile) installed near her hometown in Kansas. A fan of historical mysteries and spy novels, she sets her own stories in the U.S. and Canada during the Vietnam War.

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Plus, you can almost hear the ’60s music as you read her books. I bet you already did when you read her bio.

Take it away, Kay!

Four In Hand: author Toni Leland

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Risky Business by Toni Leland cover

Our new Four In Hand “driver” is author Toni Leland. Four In Hand is a Q&A series inspired by the coach for which one driver has the reins to four horses. Our driver today recently released RISKY BUSINESS, the fourth novel in her Kovak & Quaid romantic mystery series.

Toni lives about an hour away from me. I see her at various Connecticut writer events, as well as signing her books at the Morgan horse booth at the  Massachusetts Equine Affaire. We only have time to wave at each other in passing because her table is thronged with readers.

Four In Hand, second round: Author Jennifer Fusco

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Author and marketer Jennifer Fusco has returned to drive our Four In Hand. Hard to believe it’s been three years since her first stint as driver.

Jennifer FuscoSince then, her self-published marketing-for-authors guides did so well they were re-vamped, expanded, and published by Belle Bridge Books. Her contemporary romance FIGHTING FOR IT, set in the world of boxing, is slated for a September 2015 release by Penguin. Her company Market or Die Author Services (MODAS) is doing gangbusters for various romance authors.

Anyway, without further ado, let’s let Jennifer take the reins. But, first, she wants to revisit a couple of questions:

Four in Hand: novelist and equestrian Tamsen Schultz

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Tamzen Schultz aboard Touchstone
Tamsen Schultz and Touchstone take a fence at an intermediate level event at Millbrook, NY, back in the day. Photo courtesy Tamesen Schultz
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Suspense novelist Tamsen Schultz

Above you’ll see our driver of this edition of Four in Hand, novelist Tamsen Shultz and her horse the announcer called Touchstone (more about him later), taking flight over a fence at a three-day event in Millbrook, NY.

Four In Hand is what we call our short interview series inspired by the method of driving in which one driver manages four horses pulling a coach or a wagon, a four-in-hand. The way it works here, an interviewee receives a list of a dozen or so horse-related questions. Some questions assume horse experience, some don’t. Of those questions, said interview subject picks four questions to answer. Our previous Four In Hand drivers have been marketing exec by day/author by night Jennifer Fusco and travel writer Nancy D. Brown.

Now, climb into the coach. Tamsen’s got the reins.