Who is Samantha Moser?

(Editor’s Note: This interview first appeared on Wild Women Authors in December 2020)

Questions for the Character: Samantha Moser

Samantha, tell us a bit about Rescuing Samantha

When I found out the ranch that once belonged to my trailblazing, rodeo cowgirl great-grandmother was for lease, I jumped at the chance to return to Montana and pursue my dream of raising Thoroughbreds. I had a rescued mare I wanted to breed and start a herd.

Tootsie Bailey aka Nettie Moser
of Cowgirl Dreams

After my fiancé and I spent most of a back-breaking year fixing up the abandoned, dilapidated ranch, winter descended with a vengeance. Experiencing white-out conditions feeding animals, getting stuck, and the fear of freezing to death, Kenny left me to return to Arizona.

My dreams were shattered, the weather and financial conditions too difficult to raise the delicate racing breed. Then an eastern U.S. development group tried to take over a large portion of Montana land, including my ranch, for an exotic animal refuge.

I was forced to take a job on a dude ranch just to survive. In the midst of uncertainty, I rediscovered the healing power of horses for children. I was thrust forward with a possible new purpose in life. But was it enough to succeed?

Could I help a young teen overcome her insecurities, battle the investment group threatening the land, and trust the man who has a stake in the takeover while he professes his help?

What made you choose ranching and working with horses for a profession/career?

Riding and being around horses has been in my blood since I was a child. I was never happier than I was when working with them. I grew up on a ranch in eastern Montana, and that’s where I want to be.

Knowing what you know now, if you had it to do over again, would you stick with being a horse rescuer or do something different?

I think this may be my purpose, along with working with kids—I fell into this by accident, certainly a surprise twist in my life plans.

What is your biggest fear?

Failure. I’ve failed at just about everything I’ve tried. I want to feel like my great-grandma Nettie would be proud of me. I don’t want to fail at this.

What is the best piece of advice you ever received?

Follow your dream. My great-grandmother and my grandmother both were strong, independent women, and encouraged their descendants to persevere.

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Heidi: Sam takes strength from her grandmothers’ lives and advice, and she continues to pursue her new dream to develop her horse rescue ranch, working with teens and veterans .

In the second “Rescue” series book, Rescuing Hope, Samantha Moser’s quest to buy the ranch her great-grandparents once owned—the ranch she’s struggled to manage for a heartless owner—seems impossible. With the help of the troubled teen she’s mentoring, and her rescue horses, life is rich under the Montana sky. But when a group of veterans with PTSD need her help, and the man she could find happiness with has a serious accident while helping her rescue another horse, life takes an overwhelming, stressful turn. Can Sam find the strength and courage to overcome, or will all her dreams shrivel and die on the prairie?

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