For the past two years, I’ve been showcasing inspirational western women. Some write books and poetry, others are ranchers and photographers.
Today, I thought it would be fun to give you a peek into the inspiration for my heroine in Captured Secrets!
Her name is Sydney Moomaw.
I chose Moomaw for her last name because it was my husband’s great-grandmother’s maiden name. The Moomaw women I’ve met are strong, smart, beautiful, and talented. And amazing horsewomen.
Sydney is petite, strong, independent, and a lover of horses, especially blue roans, like her mare Cyan, with a hard “K” because the original Greek used a hard C.
She likes roots that sink deep into family legacies. Like the Seven Tine Guest Ranch her Moomaw grandaddy built. Why is the guest ranch called the Seven Tine? Because he used to love to hunt and bagged a huge 7-tined elk one cold November morning. Soon after, her grandma coined the ranch the “Seven Tine.” And it stuck.
Life was great for Sydney being raised on the Colville Reservation in Nespelem, WA. Her dad took over the ranch, and there was plenty of work. But she was always up to the task because there is nothing better than the smell of a horse.
And there’s nothing better than being raised in the country with clean air, faithful friends, and ranch life.
During college, though, she made some bad choices, got in a bit of trouble, and ended up in a relationship that went south, hard and fast. Because of her experiences, someway, someday, she wants to find a way to help women get out of abusive relationships. Let them know how much God loves and values them.
If only she could do things over. But she can’t. All she can do is pray, stay strong, and be a voice for those who need a helping hand.
All she can do is make a lasting legacy for her family.
And help stop the abuse.
Learn to forgive.
What’s coming next month? Meet the Hero!
You can check out more of my visual inspiration on my Pinterest Board.
If you haven’t yet, you can pre-order Captured Secrets today!
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