Diana Kimpton - Author Picture

Diana Kimpton - Author

Diana Kimpton has written more than forty books for children, including her Pony-Mad Princess series, other novels, picture books and non-fiction. She has always loved horses and finds that writing about them gives her the perfect excuse to spend time at the stables when she should be working.
Diana says " I've always made up stories. When I was a child, I did it in my head using characters from my favourite TV programmes or the horses I dreamed of owning. But I never saw writing as a possible career, especially as I didn't like English at secondary school. Perhaps I was already too much a writer at heart to enjoy dissecting other people's books. So I left school and became a maths teacher which I didn't like. Then I left teaching and became a mother which I loved. Finally, in the time left over from parenting, I became a writer which is such fun that I don't ever want to stop."

Here's Diana talking about her writing...

A Q&A with Diana about her new novel, There Must Be Horses

What led you to write There Must Be Horses?

Did you do much research for the book?

How long did it take you to write the book?
Ages - I've never spent so long on any book. I wrote the first chapter five years ago, just to see if Sasha worked as a character. Then I stopped writing while I worked on the Amy Wild - Animal Talker books, but I kept on with the research and let the story grow on my head. Once I settled down to work on the book again, I spent about a year finalising the plot and actually writing it down.

Featured Books, with extracts, by Diana Kimpton

Princess Ellie to the Rescue
Diana Kimpton - illustrated by Lizzie Finlay
This 10th anniversary edition of the very first in the Pony-Mad Princess series is full of authentic pony facts and sparkly princessy detail and is sure to set the mind of any pony mad or aspiring pony mad child alight...
Lovereading Price: £3.99 - Saving £1.00 (20%) Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2014
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There Must be Horses
Diana Kimpton
Sasha knows what it's like to be unloved for she has been pushed from foster home to foster home too many times to remember. Her one true love is horses but it's too much to hope for that the latest...
Lovereading Price: £5.59 - Saving £1.40 (20%) Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 30/11/2012
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Amy Wild, Animal Talker: The Secret Necklace
Diana Kimpton
Amy has lived in the city all her life, so is not at all happy to be leaving her friends and moving to a remote island because her parents have decided to go and live with Amy's great aunt to...
Lovereading Price: £4.79 - Saving £1.20 (20%) Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 30/10/2009
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Amy Wild, Animal Talker: The Musical Mouse
Diana Kimpton
Having moved from the city to a remote island with her mum and dad, Amy has settled down to life there with her special power of being able to talk to animals. Amy has lots of furry and feathery friends. ...
Lovereading Price: £3.99 - Saving £1.00 (20%) Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 30/10/2009
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Princess Ellie Saves The Day
Diana Kimpton
The combination of ponies and princesses is a match made in heaven and there can be no girl who won't devour this one and the various others in the series. Brilliant stocking filler for that pony mad and / or...
Lovereading Price: £3.99 - Saving £1.00 (20%) Featured in: 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 28/01/2006
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