I’m a woman on a mission to help tell stories that make a difference.
• The Smart Woman’s Guide to Midlife Horses: Find Meaning Magic and Mastery in the Second Half of Life (Trafalgar Square Books, 2011)
• Grandmaster: A Story of Struggle, Triumph and Taekwondo, with Ninth Degree Taekwondo Grandmaster Won Chik Park, (The Kaitcer Group, 2010)
• Lessons Well Learned, with internationally renowned horse trainer and clinician Clinton Anderson (Trafalgar Square Books, 2009),
• Dozens of articles about some of America’s top entrepreneurs as former senior writer at Time Warner’s Millionaire Blueprints magazine.
Melinda’s Latest Book
Riding Through Thick & Thin
Make Peace with your Body and Banish Self-Doubt In and Out of the Saddle
Coming July 2015!
Many if not most women have been locked in a battle with their bodies for as long as they can remember. And when it comes to riding horses, they drag their arsenal of self-doubt with them every time they step into the saddle. Some quit riding completely. Others ride, but are frustrated by their lack of progress as riders or what they see as poor performance. They succumb to silent self-torment as they wonder how they look, what others think, and whether they have any business on the back of a horse if their jeans feel a little too tight.
Regardless of seat size, riding discipline, or the degree — or even truth — of the body issues with which they struggle, the scars on female self-image in our society run deep and wide. So with the humor and big-sisterly swagger that readers and reviewers have come to love, Melinda Folse, author of bestseller The Smart Woman’s Guide to Midlife Horses, has decided to step in with a delightful, insightful, fulfilling new book. Riding Through Thick and Thin delves to the bottom of the issues that have long held women hostage, bringing together experts, research, resources, and stories to encourage, inspire, and empower. Readers will find some answers that may surprise them: Believe it or not, this is not about losing weight or getting fit (although if that’s a point of interest, there’s a section packed with helpful tools and ideas). This book is more about what’s going on in every woman’s mind — and it taps new findings in neuroscience to reveal that permanent change to deeply ingrained body image issues is not only possible, but it may be much easier than we think.
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The Smart Woman’s Guide to Midlife Horses: Find Meaning Magic and Mastery in the Second Half of Life (Trafalgar Square Books, 2011):
Finding herself to be just one among millions of women who once dreamed of horses and are now recapturing that dream, Melinda let her own struggles do the talking in this tongue-in-cheek account that is a little bit memoir, a little more self-help, a whole lot of practical guidebook, and all heart. This is the book Melinda wishes she had been able to find when she made the bold decision to get back in the saddle at age
The author’s own midlife horse tale begins with the purchase of Trace, a handsome bay gelding that was a pure dream-cometrue—until, that is, he decided to become, in the tradition of oysters-and-pearls, the agitating impetus for this book. To solve some problems while creating still others, Melinda then added Rio, a little sorrel who seems to think he’s a dog. He licks his owneraffectionately and makes donkey faces when she scratches his itchy spot. He would also follow her into the house if she’d let him. (And one of these days, she might.)
As a chronicle of one woman’s midlife horsemanship journey that speaks to any woman out there whose soul needs a horse (and in some cases, two), The Smart Woman’s Guide to Midlife Horses presents this timely topic with a refreshing dose of humor, honesty, and hard-earned wisdom.
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Melinda’s Professional Credentials
Former senior writer for internationally renowned horse trainer and clinician Clinton Anderson’s Downunder Horsemanship, she not only co-wrote his recent best-selling book, Lessons Well Learned, but authored dozens of articles for his quarterly No Worries Journal magazine and several equine tradepublications, web copy, weekly e-newsletters, and other training materials.
Author of Grandmaster: A Story of Struggle, Triumph and Taekwondo with ninth degree taekwondo grandmaster Won Chik Park that chronicles the inspiring life story of one of the world’s highest ranked Taekwondo Grandmasters. This unique window to Korean culture, international history, martial arts — along with a riveting role model for creating a life of enduring impact was called “a must-read for anyone interested in martial arts, visionary leadership and leaving a lasting legacy” by Sam Horn, author of global bestseller Tongue Fu!®
As former senior writer who helped launch Time Warner’s Millionaire Blueprints magazine, Melinda’s published work includes dozens of success stories of top entrepreneurs, including publishing mogul Leslie Flegel, Horatio Alger Award Winner Tom Harken, fitness icon Tamilee Webb, and Dippin’ Dots (Ice Cream of the Future) inventor Curt Jones.
With a twenty-year freelance writing career devoted to business, corporate, and feature writing, Melinda has dealt with a broad array of people, events and situations that equips her well to dig to the depths of each subject she tackles to come up with the gems worth keeping.
Prior to her freelance career, Melinda worked as project manager and corporate director of in-house advertising, public relations, and marketing departments where she developed and orchestrated concept, copy, design, and execution of complex advertising, public relations, and marketing campaigns