“I always loved creative writing in school and I thought this would be a way to communicate with my fans at whole different level,” said Marshall.
Heartland is centred around Marshall’s Amy, who with her sister Lou (Michelle Morgan) and grandfather, Jack Bartlett (Shaun Johnston), run a horse ranch, Heartland, in cattle country where there’s a tradition of healing abused and neglected horses.
That’s the thing that keeps me going, knowing I’m going to get two or three months off.” There are no plans yet for children.
“I want to make sure, if and when we’re ready for them, that I can be there,” said Marshall.
When Marshall’s not filming, she does seek a little time in warmer climates. They not only share a love horses, but also motorcycles. “From December to April is my time to hibernate and live a totally different life,” said Marshall.
“If I didn’t have that time, I wouldn’t be able to get through (the filming season).
The two together are what make my life so complete.” Her magazine, Amber Marshall, Life & Style Magazine, has about 1,000 subscribers and gives Marshall a creative outlet and a way to stay connected to her fans.
In the magazine, she has profiled members of the cast and crew, written about her fans, talked about her life (for instance, a motorcycle trip with hubby and friends, her pets and even offers up recipes, such as Savoury Bacon-Ginger Cookies.
“I was never a girl who played with dolls and that love of nature never left me.” Of course, with stardom comes public recognition and appearances at events, responsibilities she takes seriously and accepts as part of the business, although she makes no bones about preferring to stay close to home.
“I have two completely contrasting lives and I can dip into one or the other to make my life complete.
“It’s been eight years getting to this point (with their on-again, off-again romance) and I think this will allow for a lot of new and fresh stories. Lucas secondary school and the Original Kids Theatre Company. “Once I moved out there, I discovered a whole new sense of myself and I can’t imagine ever leaving that.” She married long-time partner Shawn Turner almost two years ago.
“They’ve never lived together and now we’ll see a fresh start for them and they’ll have to learn a lot about each other.” Canadians aren’t alone in loving the series. She had several acting roles before landing the role on Heartland. They live on a ranch outside Calgary with a menagerie of 36 animals, including dogs, cats, pigs, chickens, turkeys, steers, and even a peacock, not to mention Marshall’s three horses.
“This is what I’m doing now and I love it,” said Marshall.