Author, Blogger, and Entrepreneur
Heather Wallace writes about confidence, overcoming self-doubt and following her passion. She is the award-winning author of non-fiction titles Confessions of a Timid Rider, which details her insights about being an anxiety-ridden but passionate horse lover and Girl Forward: A Tale of One Woman's Unlikely Adventure in Mongolia. Heather is well known for her blog, The Timid Rider, chronicling her journey as a returning adult equestrian with a lot more curves and a lot more determination. In 2020, she created The Bookstore for Horse Lovers, a website dedicated to featured equine authors across genres, both traditionally and independently-published.
By day, Heather is a Certified Equine and Canine Sports Massage Therapist dedicated to helping animals holistically. In her spare time, of which she has little, she spends her time with her husband, three children, two dogs, and pony in the wilds of New Jersey.
Follow her on social media @heatherwallaceauthor or @timidrider.
"Though a lover of horses, she was shy. Though a devoted of photography, she was timid. Though daily expressing herself on a blog she was timid. Though loving to travel she was an introvert. Putting it all together and we have a young mother, horse owner, blog writer who answers the call to travel to Mongolia for an endurance horse race as the photographer\news coordinator for the event. So she tells us the story and encourages us to try things outside our comfort zone and just do it."
"A lively but cautious Jersey girl accustomed to the comforts of home with her children and pets applies for the adventure of a lifetime--covering an endurance horse race in Mongolia for social media. Her story includes everything you wondered but were afraid to ask about her experiences on the steppes, especially as someone accustomed to First World comforts. How does she bring herself to, not only do her job but look forward to next year, and how the experience changes her along the way makes for a fascinating story."
"I enjoyed Heather Wallace’s honest view of being an adult rider who recognizes she doesn’t see riding the same way as she did in her younger years. This was a fun exploration of thoughts some mature riders have and that they try to chase away. The author discusses issues in a conversational way that had me both laughing with her and self-reflecting. I give her a lot of credit for putting herself out there in words, fighting doubt, and letting other riders know they may not be the only “timid rider.”"
"This is the perfect book for a summer afternoon. It's a quick and easy read, with wonderful insights that easily translate into experiences everyone can relate to - not just riders. When I read Heather's story, it was surprising to me how similar her character was to my own, and how often I recognized myself in her pages. I loved the way she tied the theme of each chapter to a life lesson. While of course she does refer everything back to her experiences on horseback, her subtitled 'confessions' under each chapter heading in part two are easily extrapolated into every day living. If there is one criticism, it is that I would have enjoyed seeing more photos of the animals and people she talks about!
The final paragraph says it all and sums it up quite nicely, "face your fears and push through them however you can to follow your passion!"
"Coming for a timid rider, I felt everything in this book! It inspired me start taking lessons again and get over the “mommy fear” This book is a great, witty read!"
"I really enjoyed the behind the scenes trials, tribulations, and successes that Heather Wallace chronicles in her newest memoir. I felt like I was on the trip to Mongolia with her! As with all of her books, Heather's message of being bold and pushing through fear to find a deeper experience of life rings through. I enjoyed reading along as she recounted an adventure of a lifetime."