Troutdale author pens first novel
'The Horseman's Daughter' tells story of rodeo star
Troutdale resident Jeff Owenby recently published his first novel, 'The Horseman's Daughter,' which chronicles 78 years in the life of a Texas woman and her rise to national stardom in the rodeo circuit.
The book's protagonist is Carla Jane, the daughter of a 10-time world champion cowboy who dreams of being a professional rodeo star.
However, Carla falls into a coma when a freak rodeo accident nearly kills her. As she recovers, she must learn how to rebuild her life.
Owenby describes his novel as 'a sweeping tale of love, tragedy, inspiration and … hardship.'
The idea for the book came from a teleplay Owenby was working on at the time. He reportedly got caught up in his research and spent a great deal of time interviewing cowgirls, horse breeders, rodeo officials and riders. Six years later, his novel was finished.
Owenby is in the process of writing two other books - one fiction and one nonfiction.
'The Horseman's Daughter' is available at www.amazon.com and retails for $29.95. It is also available through Borders and Barnes and Noble.