While writing the 17th book, the actual author, Belinda E Perry, decided to shed her artificial identity. Use of a male pseudonym was the author’s choice; it made sense as the audience for westerns was decidedly male. While the writer’s attention to detail expanded, her books moved beyond western type-casting to universal dilemmas. Whether traditional or contemporary, the stories involve ordinary people who take on the tragedies and joys of an independent life. The humor in Luckey/Perry’s books is sly and subdued; more often it is found in absurd situations or brief comments.
Now there are twenty-six books published, some come as two in a single book, all deal with horses and human and how lives can change.
Perry’s knowledge of horses has been a life-long education. Although no longer involved in reclaiming rogue horses, Perry still rides, often schooling a young horse for a friend, or taking on a reluctant animal who could be dangerous. Having shown in dressage, evented, fox-hunted for 20 years, worked cattle and enjoyed overnight trail rides in such places as Monument Valley and Canyon de Chelly, author Perry’s experience crosses many disciplines. At the very core of dealing with rogues, human or horse, respect for others is the key to growth.
Note: While the traditional westerns might hint at sexual tension, the contemporary novels can be graphic as the nature of the story requires.