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Book: Muted by Leanne Heather Owens

Book: Muted by Leanne Heather Owens

categories: Book, Horses, Romance, Australia, Medical Mystery, Suspense, Friendship, Cowboys, Girls and Horses, Classic Horse Stories, Inspiring Romance, Horse Stories

Leanne Owens

Author Leanne Owensabout this book: On the surface, 'Muted' is about an Australian horseman who doesn't speak trying to save 1,200 horses from a U.S. pharmaceutical company, and trying to save the woman who is heir to that company, but it is so much more than that. It covers many of the issues we face in the 21st century – love, friendship, corporate greed versus doing what is right, empowerment, loss, grief, resilience, animal welfare, profits versus morality, and learning to be true to yourself.

The book began during a conversation with a young friend who had returned to Australia after working on the film 'The Revenant' (starring Leonardo DiCaprio). Cal (Barefootbrother - Callum Snell) said he'd like to work in front of the cameras instead of behind them, but was worried he wouldn't be able to remember the lines. I suggested that he needed a role about a great horseman who couldn't speak, and quickly wrote an outline of Muted. The following day, I wrote the Prologue which is one of the saddest pieces of writing I've written (or read), but it was needed to explain why Lane, the main character, stopped speaking on his eighth birthday. I knew it couldn't stop as 'just an idea' – I had to write this book and let the characters live outside my mind.

Once I started writing the book, it only took a few months to complete. There was research into the genetic science in the book, but I'm 60, I have a Master's in Education, and I love knowledge, so I already had most of the knowledge required for writing 'Muted'. It's a romance without explicit sex scenes, it's a horse book that appeals to people who don't know much about horses, it's a mystery and a suspense, it's a little bit of science and a lot of conjecture. It doesn't fit neatly into any single genre which makes marketing difficult, and I'm glad readers are enjoying a big stand-alone book that covers so many topics. If readers like horses, they'll appreciate the knowledge behind the book – I've bred, trained, and competed with horses most of my life and have scores of national and state titles – but the book is more about the people, so it's not necessary to like horses to enjoy the book.

I'm loving the reviews from the U.S. readers – the book is entertaining them, as it should, but there are so many people who connect with the book in a positive way. They felt uplifted and inspired, they wanted to reconnect with the child within themselves, and they wanted to think about what is important in this life. For me, that is the best payment for writing the book. I accept that, as an Indie, I'll probably never make more than a bit of coffee money from writing, but I genuinely love the fact that there are readers who say that my books made their life better. At the end of my life, that is a treasure worth more than money.

To my prospective readers – I'm sorry if I make you cry in the Prologue, but tears are good because they show that you can feel…it would be sadder to be the sort of person who couldn't feel emotions. I hope you find something in 'Muted' that you need, even if it's just a pleasant read about an Aussie horseman and a U.S. lawyer.

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