Kerri Lukasavitz

I am delighted to share a little bit about my life. I was born in, and have lived in, Southeastern Wisconsin most of my life. I have been passionate about horses since I was a child. In addition to owning my first two ponies and showing in 4H, I pursued a professional life as a show groom, rider, and riding teacher for two hunter/jumper show barns in my late teens and early 20s. Recently, I volunteered at Rides and Reins, Tec, a therapy stable for special-needs children.

I left the horse life in my mid-twenties and went to college to initially study Illustration and Drawing (with the intention of writing and illustrating children's books) and then Interior Architecture & Design from Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design where I earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts.

Nine years later, I was accepted into Mount Mary College's (now University) graduate program. I earned a Master of Arts in English, where I focused on Creative Writing and Literature. I planned on studying journalism/creative nonfiction when I first started but was pulled toward novel workshops, including classes on writing for middle grade and young adult readers.

I started Mystery Horse at Oak Lane Stable as an assignment for my first middle grade/young adult novel workshop and worked on it throughout graduate school. I used it as my thesis project.

After I finished the novel, I sent it out to agents and small publishering houses where it was eventually published in October, 2017. It took almost six years from its early conception until publication, but it was worth all of the hard work and dedication.

​I have been fortunate to meet some wonderful people since I started life as an author. I recently had a long-time, horse owner neighbor visit me along with her 12-year-old granddaughter, who had read the novel and wanted to meet me.

Her granddaughter said that even though the book had had some sad parts in it, it kept the story real. She also loved the friendships between the main character, Cassie, and her two best horse friends.

When I told her that this was the first book of a trilogy and there would be two more books to look forward to, she expressed such delight. I was honored to have such a devoted reader.

But the novel has also been enjoyed by older readers even though it was written for a younger audience. Here are some of their comments:

" . . . I purchased this book for myself and four grandchildren. I loved it and so did the grandchildren . . ."

" . . . The author has created a story that pulled me into the plot right away. It was an enagaing story . . ."

" . . . What a great read! It's a horse story but so much more, the author captures the challenges and joys of being a middle school girl. I couldn't put it down . . ."

I have started work on both of the next horse novels. I look forward to sharing them with you, dear readers, in the near future. Happy reading (and riding)!

I'm riding Taaj Ameer, a neighbor's Anglo Arab show horse at a 4H horse show in the summer of 1977. He was a beautiful horse, so easy to ride. At this horse show, he didn't seem to care for the judge. Taaj bit him in a showmanship and an equitation class. We still placed 2nd in both classes. What's odd is he never once tried to bite me. I didn't understand his behavior.