Stacy Gregg’s novel The Princess and the Foal, based on the real-life story of Princess Haya of Jordan, won the NZ Post Book Awards Children’s Choice Award for Junior Fiction in 2014. Her follow-up novel, The Island of Lost Horses, was an epic adventure set in both the modern-day Bahamas and in Queen Isabella’s Spain in 1493 and topped the Christmas junior fiction best-seller list for girls that same year.
In August 2015 HarperCollins will release Stacy’s much-anticipated new novel The Girl Who Rode the Wind. Set in Italy, the new book is once again based on real events; this time the drama centres on the world’s most dangerous horse race, the Palio, and is told through the eyes of two young girl narrators against the backdrop of the Second World War.
Stacy is of Ngati Mahuta descent and was educated at Ngaruawahia High School and Kings College. Her first series, Pony Club Secrets, was based on a fictional version of the Ngaruawahia Pony Club. The thirteen books in the Secrets series chart the trajectory of an average pony club kid on her journey to become a world champion. Pony Club Rivals, Stacy’s second series, was set in Kentucky, USA at an exclusive bluegrass boarding school where the best riders from around the world gather to compete in a variety of equestrian pursuits.
Based in Westmere, Auckland, Stacy loves to ride but spends most of her time playing groom and chauffeur to her teenage daughter and her superstar pony Miss Maddison.