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"It's a battle now. If we hadn't recognized the importance of this community, we probably would be thinking of relocating. My daughter is 13, and she only has seven kids in her graduating class. We all feel like we want a little more room to expand, but none of us can quite fathom leaving."

"After 15 years of writing, what are your children making of your success?"

"Well, they're trying to cash in on all the things we've been promising them all these years. We always had the line, 'When mom gets the book published, we'll do, or get, this or that.' Now, their sights are rising. First my son wanted a skateboard, but now he wants a scooter. My daughter got an iPod, and now she wants a computer."

"During that long writing process did the children feel a sense of sibling rivalry with the book itself?"

"The real problem in terms of sibling rivalry is that we actually have money to buy a couple of trophy horses. They were my treat for the book's success. So, now the kids are insanely jealous because my husband wants to work with the horses a lot, and we sit around talking horses, horses, horses, all the time. 'We don't want to hear any more about horses!' the kids keep saying."

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