Rita Mae Brown
American author possibly best known for her seminal lesbian novel Rubyfruit Jungle, but also having written two animal-filled mystery series, as well as a number of other novels. Born in Pennsylvania in 1944. She was brought up amidst horses and horse racing. She says that her mother "has the best eye for a horse I have ever witnessed." Her mother also liked gambling and often took her daughter racing. A love of horses was inherited, but luckily not a disposition for gambling!
Ms. Brown studied at the University of Florida and New York University and gained degrees in Classics, English, cinematography and a PHD in political science. However academic life was not for her and she became involved in politics, especially in Civil Rights, the feminist movement and Gay Liberation. She began writing poetry in the early 1970s and novels were soon to follow, the success of her first book Rubyfruit Jungle paving the way for many more bestsellers.
Rita Mae Brown now lives on a farm in Virginia and breeds Thoroughbreds and TB/QH crosses. She has played polo and founded the first woman only polo club in America. She is a also a MFH and has her own pack of hounds, however she stresses that she never kills foxes on her hunts. In fact she is a lover of all animals and has rescued hundreds of cats, dogs, foxes and other animals. Hunting and animals feature in many of her books.
Her horse-themed books consist of a mystery series revolving around a woman MFH solving a string of murders. It is highly unusual for the genre in that the various animals, hounds, foxes, horses and cats, all have viewpoints and get involved with the plot and the sleuthing! (Similarly in her 'Mrs. Brown' mystery series, a cat helps humans solve crimes.) Horses and hunting also appear in two other novels, a time-slip fantasy and a historical war story.
As well as writing novels, Ms. Brown has also written screenplays and worked in Hollywood. She has written a writer's manual and two autobiographical works.
The author has her own website.