It was an honor to speak to Caroline Leavitt about Horsefever:
CL: What I so love about your novel is the storyworld–the way you bring us into a world that is as exotic as it is compelling, and even dangerous. Why do you think this particular world gives rise to both the spiritual and the sensual?
LH: In a high risk sport, or any high risk physical activity, really, you risk your life. Cross country riding, or jumping horses, is that dangerous. At any moment you could be thrown, your horse could trip, you could break bones, your neck, get a concussion, be brain dead. And risking death can be spiritual, you must confront your fears, and persist. It takes a certain irrationality, yes. One eventer said that cross country riders, eventers, are a little crazy. But I would say such riding also takes an inner strength. You use your body, as in any sport, but in riding you also connect with the body of the horse…you sense your body so vividly in its vulnerability and strength each time your horse jumps, or competes…it’s a union that brings together, if you’re tapped into it, the sensual and the spiritual. And this union is what Nikki knows, and Gabe, her trainer, knows it, and her husband Cliff, senses it, the power of the body/spirit connection. So Cliff quickly comes to wish he had never hired a trainer in the first place, but it is too late. The passion of the sport, of winning, has taken hold and propels all four main characters into spiritual territory, both dark and light.
Read the whole interview here!