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Diana Kimpton - Author

About the 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?
I wanted to write a longer book for readers who had grown out of my Pony-Mad Princess books. But I was keen not to write a story about winning red rosettes, so I started investigating horse whispering and horse behaviour. While I was doing that I became fascinated with the similarity in the way both horses and humans lose trust in people if they have bad experiences and that became the trigger for the plot.

 
Did you do much research for the book?
Masses. I even bought a horse of my own to try out all the methods I had read about. That was my excuse anyway. I'd always wanted a pony, and Kubus is far more than just a research project - he's a friend. He's also triggered an idea for another book that's just starting to brew in my head.
 

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 by Diana Kimpton

Other books by Diana Kimpton

Amy Wild and the Quarrelling Cats

Amy Wild and the Quarrelling Cats

Author: Diana Kimpton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/08/2019

Amy Wild has a secret - she can talk to animals! She and her best friends - a dog, a parrot and four squabbling cats - love to help out creatures in need. So when the cats complain that their food is going missing, Amy's determined to solve the mystery to stop poor Bun the baker's cat getting the blame. Can she find out who the greedy thief is?

Amy Wild and the Silly Squirrel

Amy Wild and the Silly Squirrel

Author: Diana Kimpton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/08/2019

Amy Wild has a secret - she can talk to animals! She and her best friends - a dog, a parrot and four squabbling cats - love to help out creatures in need. So when a squirrel tells them someone wants to cut down his oak-tree home, they jump into action! Can they come up with a plan to save the tree and the amazing animals and birds who live there? Welcome to the world of Amy Wild, where dogs tell their secrets, cats perform rescue missions, and an entire island is squeaking and squawking with animal magic! Young animal lovers everywhere will be enchanted by this Dr. Doolittle for a new generation.

Alien Sheep

Alien Sheep

Author: Diana Kimpton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/01/2016

The Pony-Mad Princess Princess Ellie's Christmas

The Pony-Mad Princess Princess Ellie's Christmas

Author: Diana Kimpton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/10/2014

Ellie's really looking forward to giving her best friend Kate a very special Christmas present, especially when Kate finds out that her parents can't make it home for Christmas day. But disaster strikes on Christmas Eve when the present Ellie ordered arrives - and it's all wrong. What can she give Kate now?

Princess Ellie's Summer Holiday

Princess Ellie's Summer Holiday

Author: Diana Kimpton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2014

The royal family are off on holiday to a beautiful island resort with its own local stables. There Ellie and Kate meet snooty Princess Clara, who always thinks she knows best. But when Clara gets herself into trouble, Ellie and Kate rush to her aid with the help of a very special pony called Mango.

Princess Ellie and the Palace Plot

Princess Ellie and the Palace Plot

Author: Diana Kimpton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2014

Princess Ellie is pony-mad! So when top designer Lord Leo arrives to give the palace a makeover, Ellie quickly escapes to the stables to avoid all the fuss. But she soon discovers that there's something strange about Lord Leo, and she suspects there's more to his plans than meets the eye. Can her pony, Starlight, help Ellie uncover the palace plot?

Princess Ellie's Perfect Plan

Princess Ellie's Perfect Plan

Author: Diana Kimpton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2014

Princess Ellie is pony-mad! She loves riding her five beautiful ponies with her friend, Kate. But then Kate's parents make a big announcement and Ellie is faced with losing her best friend. Ellie is determined to change everyone's minds, but will time run out before she comes up with the perfect plan? A BRAND NEW Pony-Mad Princess book, to celebrate the series' 10th anniversary in 2014.

Princess Ellie's Holiday Adventure

Princess Ellie's Holiday Adventure

Author: Diana Kimpton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2014

Princess Ellie and her best friend Kate visit Prince John in Andirovia. They find it very different from home, with cold weather and strange food. To cheer them up John suggests a ride on his ponies, but they are soon lost in the snow on their holiday adventure.

Princess Ellie's Treasure Hunt

Princess Ellie's Treasure Hunt

Author: Diana Kimpton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2014

When Princess Ellie discovers a secret treasure map, she and her friends, Kate and Prince John, set out to follow the clues. But the palace grounds have changed since the map was drawn 100 years ago. How will they ever find the secret buried treasure?

Princess Ellie and the Moonlight Mystery

Princess Ellie and the Moonlight Mystery

Author: Diana Kimpton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2014

Ellie and her best friend Kate are enjoying camping out with their ponies when they hear strange and frightening noises in the night. When things start to go missing too, they realize they have to solve the moonlight mystery.

Princess Ellie's Secret

Princess Ellie's Secret

Author: Diana Kimpton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2014

Princess Ellie is devastated when her strict governess Miss Stringle informs the King that Ellie has outgrown her beloved Shetland pony, Shadow. The King decides that Shadow must be sold so Ellie and her best friend Kate devise a secret plan to save him.

A Puzzle for Princess Ellie

A Puzzle for Princess Ellie

Author: Diana Kimpton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2014

Princess Ellie is puzzled when her reliable Welsh pony Rainbow is scared and refuses to go any further along the wood path. Ellie and her friend set off to investigate but the answer to the mystery is not quite what they expected!

Princess Ellie's Moonlight Mystery

Princess Ellie's Moonlight Mystery

Author: Diana Kimpton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2014

Princess Ellie is pony-mad! And she hates boring royal rules. She can't wait to go camping with her best friend, Kate, and her ponies, Moonbeam and Rainbow. There'll be no servants, no governess and - best of all - no rules! But when she hears strange noises in the night, Ellie starts to get scared. Will she solve the moonlight mystery?

A Surprise for Princess Ellie

A Surprise for Princess Ellie

Author: Diana Kimpton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2014

It's the royal jubilee and everyone is so busy getting ready for the celebrations they don't notice Ellie and her friends setting off on an adventure. When the children find a secret passage they discover more than they bargained for, and risk missing the biggest surprise of all!

Princess Ellie's Startlight Adventure

Princess Ellie's Startlight Adventure

Author: Diana Kimpton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2014

Princess Ellie is pony-mad! She has four perfect ponies and the entire palace grounds to ride in. So Ellie's in trouble when the King finds hoofprints on his lawn. He thinks she's been riding in the royal garden. To prove her innocence, Ellie must catch the real culprit. But the only way to do it is to set out on a scary, starlight adventure.

A Surprise For Princess Ellie

A Surprise For Princess Ellie

Author: Diana Kimpton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2014

It's the royal jubilee and everyone is so busy getting ready for the celebrations they don't notice Ellie and her friends setting off on an adventure. When the children find a secret passage, they discover more than they bargained for, and risk missing the biggest surprise of all.

Princess Ellie to the Rescue

Princess Ellie to the Rescue

Author: Diana Kimpton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2014

All Princess Ellie ever thinks about is riding and helping out at the royal stables. When Sundance, one of her beloved ponies, goes missing Ellie's sure that the mysterious girl in the woods must have something to do with it. She must solve the mystery and rescue Sundance before it's too late. Full-filled adventures and friendly black and white illustrations full of authentic pony information and sparkly princessy detail.

Amy Wild, Animal Talker The Starstruck Parrot

Amy Wild, Animal Talker The Starstruck Parrot

Author: Diana Kimpton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/07/2010

Welcome to the wonderful world of Amy Wild, an entire island just squeaking and squawking with animal magic, where one little girl has a very special secret - she can talk to animals! AAmy is thrilled when she's picked to be an extra in a movie being filmed on the Island. But Plato, the star-struck parrot, dreams of being on the big screen too. Can Amy help Plato land his perfect part?

Amy Wild, Animal Talker Furry Detective

Amy Wild, Animal Talker Furry Detective

Author: Diana Kimpton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/02/2010

Welcome to the wonderful world of Amy Wild, an entire island just squeaking and squawking with animal magic, where one little girl has a very special secret - she can talk to animals! Things have been going missing on the Island - and Amy suspects that there's a furry thief at work. But can she catch the culprit red-handed? With the help of her animal friends, including some dozy sheep and some very helpful chickens, she comes up with a plan to set a trap and crack the case. Ever wondered what your pet is really thinking? Animal lovers everywhere will be instantly enchanted by this Dr. Doolittle for a new generation.

Lighthouse Year 2 Gold: Sounds

Lighthouse Year 2 Gold: Sounds

Author: Diana Kimpton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/05/2001

This collection of infant reading books works as the skills-focused backbone of guided reading resources, with step-by-step skills coverage and the full range of genre. The scheme correlates to the NLS and the Scottish 5-14 Attainment targets for children. The readers in this scheme feature a wide range of genres (including non-fiction) and are levelled to Book Bands , the grading system recommended by the NLS. Within each Lighthouse band the books are organized in order of challenge, so each session moves children on. Each reader has an accompanying teaching notes booklet which gives guidance on teaching a range of reading skills.

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