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Swedish author Malin Stehn (b.1969) lives on the outskirts of Malmo, and writes pony books for the Stabenfeldt imprint. Whilst at school she wrote music reviews for a local paper, and once she left university, she managed to get a job in a publishing house, where she became an editor of children’s books. She started her literary career with the six-book Starlight series, about four girls who form a band. She has also written a series about football.
Her Humleby Farm series so far numbers five books, though not all have yet been translated into English. She hasn’t had the conventional pony-mad girl lead in to writing for the horsy market: as a child she was scared of horses, and only really got to know them after she moved to her present house and two horses jumped into her garden. Her daughter rides, and she has ridden occasionally. Her books feature trotting, a popular equine sport in Sweden. Whilst writing the Humleby books, she had a lot of help from one of Sweden’s largest trotting stables, which happens to be one of her neighbours.
Finding the books
The one English language version is reasonably easy to find in both hardback and paperback.
Bibliography: pony books only
You and Me Speedy
Originally published as Du och jag, Speedy
Måste Sofie välja?
(Will Sofie Have to Choose?)
Vilket hästjobb!, Stabenfeldt, 2009
Häst till salu, Stabenfeldt, 2009
Inkräktare i stallet, Stabenfeldt, 2010