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Questions, Questions….

Since I began writing the Pony Club Secrets series I get loads of brilliant letters and emails from all over the world. Funnily enough, they often ask the same questions – so I thought for my final blog I would answer a few of them here:

Q:How did you become an author?

A:I began writing when I was at school – I did lots of poems and short stories – and I really recommend this as a way of getting started with your writing. Trying to attack a whole novel is too hard at first. You need to build your way up to it. After school, I became a feature writer on magazines – so I have always written for a living and I believe that having deadlines and learning to meet them is good training. Lots of authors started out as advertising copy writers or as journalists – writing of any kind is good to get the creative muscles working!

Q:Do you have a horse?

A: Yes I do. His name is Ash and he’s a 16 hands high bay Dutch Warmblood Thoroughbred cross. He was bred down in Gisborne and he was meant to showjump but I do mostly dressage on him. He is seven years old and very handsome! I love him to bits. You can read about him on the blog on my website

Q:How many books have you written?

A:I’ve written 13 books in the Pony Club Secrets series (the final book is Nightstorm and the Grand Slam which is out in New Zealand in July). I’ve also written 3 books so far in the Pony Club Rivals series and the 4th is called The Prize and it’s out later this year.

Q: Will the books ever get made into a movie or a TV series – and can I be in it?!

A:The answer to this is – I hope so! There’s been lots of stuff happening behind the scenes and we’re working on it – but we’re not at the stage where we’re doing auditions just yet. So if you’re a keen rider or actor keep an eye on my website and we’ll let you know as soon as there’s news – I promise!

That’s all from me! Thanks Christchurch Libraries – I loved being your Star Author for the month!

X Stacy

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Mark Todd at Badminton

The Badminton Horse Trials have always been the most exciting event in the world as far as I’m concerned. Back in 1980 I was a twelve year old kid at the Ngaruawahia Pony Club when Mark Todd won it for the first time. I remember hearing the news and thinking that it simply wasn’t possible – Badminton was such a major, major event with riders like Lucinda Prior-Palmer and the very best eventers in the world. It was the most incredible victory for Todd. He had never even ridden at Badminton before and he was completely untested around a course of four-star calibre. His dramatic, unexpected win marked the start of a decade and a half of dominance by the New Zealanders in the sport of eventing.

Todd won every major event after that plus two gold medals at the Olympics on Charisma. By the time he retired in 2000 he had already been named the Event Rider of the Century. Now, after a decade out of the limelight he’s made the most astonishing comeback at the age of 55 to win Badminton for an amazing fourth time – on a young, green horse NZB Land Vision – and he’s proven that he’s the Event Rider of the Next Century too! I watched him in the showjumping and screamed when he flew clear over the last fence and promptly burst into tears. He is such an inspiration! A complete superhero.

Real-life and fiction often seem to go hand in hand – my last book in the Pony Club Secrets series, Nightstorm and the Grand Slam, is also set at the Badminton Horse Trials with a New Zealand rider bound for glory.

I put the finishing touches on the final draft of Nightstorm and the Grand Slam last night and it is probably off to the printers by now – due for release in the UK in May and here in New Zealand in July. I can’t wait to see it in print as I loved writing this book and it is the perfect end to the series. Meanwhile, I have to start the next book in the Pony Club Rivals series. I am already behind on my deadline! Typical!

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Reading Crusade Challenge – Week 3

Week 3 Challenge – Animals

Try an animal story.  It could be about a mouse like Stuart Little or Runaway Ralph, a horse like Bow Down Shadrach or Pony Club Secrets, a dog like Shadow or Hotel for Dogs, or a cat like The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips or The Warriors series.

Check out our If you like Animal Stories  and If you like Brian Jacques book list and our Book Buzz page for lots of great animal stories you could read.

Tell us about your favourite animal book and you’ll go into the draw to WIN a Stacy Gregg prize pack with books from the Pony Club Secrets and Pony Club Rivals series.

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Dressage Day and Writing Tips

After a whole week of brilliant sunny days, on the actual day of the dressage competition it was absolutely hosing down! All the same, I decided to ride and so I took Ash along in the horse float in torrential rain to Woodhill Sands where the competition was being held. By the time I’d tacked him up both of us were soaked to the skin. We were also so over-excited about doing our first dressage competition in almost a year that Ash entered the ring with a giant buck!  He settled down after that and we managed to get two rosettes – one for third place and one for fifth. I liked the fifth place one the best because it was a very pretty shade of pink! It wasn’t exactly a stunning effort on our part, we could have done much better! But I’m sure we’ll improve for the next show and we had lots of fun!

It is school holidays at the moment so I’m planning to go riding in the forest with my daughter tomorrow. I love the forest! The woods are full of deer and the stags are in the roaring season at the moment and they sound like lions when they make their mating calls!

Meanwhile I have work to do! I  need to get started on my new book – Pony Club Rivals: The Prize.

Starting a new book is always hard and first chapters are the most difficult ones to write. I thought I might give a few tips on getting started for all you keen writers out there.

My Top 5 Writing Tips:

  1. Make a map of the plot before you begin to write. I often draw myself a map of all the chapters before I begin. I don’t usually stick to the plan, but it helps me to get my ideas sorted so I can start. I keep the map pinned to the wall above my desk.
  2. Figure out the key themes for your story. Who are the main characters going to be? What’s going to happen to them? What lessons will they learn in the course of the story?
  3. Set yourself achievable goals for writing. Try writing a page a day or a chapter a week. Goals are important because if you don’t have a ‘deadline’ or a target then it is hard to motivate yourself.
  4. Don’t ever give up because you have ‘writer’s block’. This is no excuse! Sit down and make yourself write something – anything! If I am having a bad day I still force myself to write – there’s always something worth keeping in the rough draft and you can go back and rewrite it up later.
  5. Be your own writing critic. Once you’ve done the rough draft go back and read it and think about how you could make it better. Then rewrite, rewrite and rewrite again!

I hope those hints help you. As for me – I should really go and get started on that novel right now!

X Stacy

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Nightstorm and the Grand Slam

I have been in floods of tears over my laptop this week as I say goodbye to some very good friends – namely the characters in the Pony Club Secrets series!

That’s right. After 13 books and untold adventures for Issie and the gang from Chevalier Point, it’s all about to come to a thrilling conclusion. I have just been finishing the rewrites on the very last book in the series, Nightstorm and the Grand Slam, and that’s the reason for all those tears. It’s not just that I’m going to miss all the characters once I stop writing the books – although I am going to feel awfully lonely without them. The tears also flowed because some very big and dramatic things occur in the Grand Slam. I won’t ruin it for you by telling you what happens, but I will say that I think it is the most action-packed book in the whole series!

Unfortunately, New Zealand readers are going to have to wait another three months to find out how it all ends because Nightstorm and the Grand Slam isn’t going to come out here until July! Meanwhile the penultimate book in the series – Liberty and the Dream Ride – is out in local shops and your library now. And you can always put in an advance request with your librarian for the Grand Slam too so that you’ll be the first to get it when it finally arrives!

The latest book in the Pony Club Rivals series is called Riding Star and it should be out here in New Zealand next month. Georgie and the girls are back at Blainford and they’re starting a polo team. I picked up a few hints hanging out with polo players down in Gisborne when I was writing it. You can check it out on my blog at

Yesterday, as a break from all the writing – I did some more writing! I was helping out at a dressage competition writing up the judges’ notes for her. It was loads of fun watching the dressage riders – so much fun that I thought I might try riding a test myself. My horse Ash and I are entered for a competition next weekend!

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Check out our April Star Author – Stacy Gregg

After a short break our Star Author promotion is back!  To kick it off again we have a fantastic author joining us this month, Stacy Gregg.

Stacy Gregg is a New Zealand author who has written the Pony Club Secrets series, including Blaze and the Dark Rider and Comet and the Champion’s Cup, and the new Pony Club Rivals series, starting with The Audition.  She has a horse called Ash who loves showjumping and dressage and his funny antics inspire lots of stories for the Pony Club Secrets and Pony Club Rivals books.

Welcome Stacy!  We look forward to reading lots about your horses and your books.

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Pony Club Rivals

by Stacy Gregg,

This book is about a girl called Georgie Parker who has to get through a tough horse-riding audition to attend a special boarding school.  Georgie desparately wants to win but finds herself up against other kids who are really good riders and have very rich families.

During the auditions, Georgie’s spirited horse got spooked and threw her off. Her Dad and her Coach get her to a trial and at that she is given chance at Show Jumping….  and all the exciting adventures that follow.

I liked the book because I really like the idea of being a Show Jumper riding horses all the time.  It will appeal to girls in the age 9 to 12 year group.

reviewed by Maggie

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