By Naomi Hatch
Paula Pfeiffer Winskye has always loved horses, and at the age of 12 she began writing stories about girls and horses. It took another 30 years for her to publish her novels, though. She wrote for her own enjoyment until her husband John suggested that she publish some of the manuscripts she had put in a drawer
She has published 13 novels since 2003 and is working on her sixth mystery, The Reverend Down East, which takes place in Maine.
The mystery series is about “a seminary student who finds more than he expected when he returns to his summer job in Evergreen National Park,” according to the blurb on the book’s jacket. Her mystery series includes The Reverend Finds His Calling, The Reverend Goes Home, The Reverend, Meth & Murder, The Reverend: Murder in Medora and The Reverend Delivers Violence.
She also wrote family saga novels, which follow a family through several generations, including Royal Entanglements, Cowboy Prince, Collins Family Reunion and James Collins: Crash! She has written three romance novels, Greener Pastures, Silent Stranger and Wrong Turn.
Winskye wrote her first children’s novel, Gold Star Lee, about a girl and her horse. She said it’s written at the grade reading level, but added, “Any horse crazy girl between 10 and 90 will enjoy it.”
When she was in her teens she wrote Golden Jubilee and 40 years later she used that story as the basis for Gold Star Lee.
She and John have a 26-acre farm in North Dakota where they raised Tennessee Walking Horses. They are now out of the breeding business, having only three horses.
“We were looking for a winter place,” said Winskye when asked why they came to Snowflake. “We got the dream of being somewhere warm.” They looked at land here and immediately “fell in love with Snowflake,” she said. “The people are so friendly.”
They purchased a 39-acre piece of land and are starting from scratch to make their home on what was a ranchstead at one time, but has been left with junk cars and downed fences. “We work out there having fun doing it,” she said.
They will go back to North Dakota for the summer.
Winskye noted that they came to Snowflake Dec. 3, 2013, and in her first week here, she found a writer’s group. She is very excited to participate in it, having been involved in a writer’s group in North Dakota.
She wrote for the local paper in North Dakota and has published articles in horse magazines. She will participate at the Tucson Festival of Books in March, and is available to speak about writing and believing in yourself.
She self-published her books, explaining, “I don’t have time for traditional publishers.”
Her books are available in paperback and as ebooks. They are sold worldwide, and are available for Kindle and Nook.
Winskye recently donated one of her books to the Snowflake-Taylor Public Library to be included in the newly created local author section.
By Naomi Hatch