Callene Rapp’s earliest memory at the ripe old age if two is of riding a 17 hand chestnut thoroughbred stallion. Photographic evidence later revealed the fiery stallion to be a 36 inch dappled Shetland pony, grudgingly awakened from a nap and held by her grandfather.
Of course, the damage was already done.
From that moment on, Callene was crazy obsessed by horses,
and her parents were not surprised that she asked for a horse for every birthday thereafter. (Callene’s dream came true when she turned 13.)
From there it was relatively easy to absorb the rest of the animal kingdom into her passions. And she learned to read and write as soon as possible so she could write a story about it. In pencil, with her own illustrations, which her mom helped staple together. Apparently Callene was way ahead of the self-pub curve.
Callene has been a riding instructor, horse trainer, zookeeper, farmer, hog farmer, camp counselor, business owner and manager, and a writer.
Ok, she’s still all of those things.
Callene still works as a zookeeper, and she and her husband own a gourmet meat business. She is still alpha mare to a herd of horses, and owns a herd of rare breed Pineywoods cattle and flock of Navajo-Churro sheep.
Even with all those furry and woolly critters to take care of, she still manages to find time to write. Actually, it’s more like hacking time out of the day like chipping mud out of a hoof with a dull hoof pick, but most days it all gets done.
Her fiction is full of animals, both realistic and fantastic, and her non fiction has been published by leading magazines in the agriculture field.
Now if she could just train those sheep to do laundry…