Dale Blackwell Gasque retired after 32 years as an elementary school librarian in Vermont, and moved with her husband to the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. Drawing on forty years of riding, raising, and training horses in Maryland and Vermont, she is the author of Pony Trouble (Hyperion) and four middle grade novels in the Thoroughbred series (HarperCollins). This is her first blog.
Deborah Blackwell earned a BA in English Literature from Brown University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. During her career she worked at Saturday Night Live, PBS, Hearst Entertainment, and the William Morris Agency. Deborah developed Frontotemporal Degeneration during her tenure as an Executive Vice President in the Walt Disney Company. The last five years of her life were spent close to her sister Dale in Vermont and Virginia. Deborah died on January 31, 2014. She was 63 years old.