Diana Wurfbain Spinola


I grew up in Venezuela. As a child I lived in Australia, the Canary Islands and Venezuela. I studied architecture in Germany.
When I was 5 years old, my family sailed the Pacific Ocean from Australia, stopping in Tahiti, crossing the Panama Canal and arriving in Venezuela. The memories of that trip continue to captivate my imagination. As a child, I discovered my imagination could take me anywhere. I began creating stories in my mind but never wrote them down. I always wanted to be an illustrator instead.
Thomas Templeton and the Year of the Vivificus is my first book. With this series I hope to inspire children to learn about the wonders of the natural world and to explore the outdoors.
I live in Florida with my family and my two cats, Thomas and Fernando.

Smashwords Interview

What inspired you to write Thomas Templeton and the Year of the Vivificus?
I always wanted to write a story about children and animals and how they connect. Scientists have been trying for years to figure out how animals communicate with each other and I thought how wonderful it would be if there was an actual school where kids could go to learn animal languages.
This story is much more than just kids learning animal languages, can you tell me a bit more about Thomas Templeton?
This story revolves around a boy who little by little discovers that he is not just a regular kid. Some strange and alarming things are happening to him that he can’t explain. He tries very hard not to think about them and to focus on school and winning the Aquathlon games. There is a mystery surrounding the death of his mother and the disappearance of his father. And there are evil and creepy creatures called Gragonians. These are mutants created by the brother of the schoolmaster. The goal of the evil brother is to create a race of super-humans and to destroy all animals which communicate with and help Master Benevolo, the schoolmaster.
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Thomas Templeton and the Year of the Vivificus
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 103,820. Language: English. Published: May 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories
Nine-year old Thomas Templeton is selected from thousands of children to attend the secretive and ancient Animalia Magnus Academy, the only animal language school in the world. During a yearlong journey across the Pacific Ocean he discovers not only amazing creatures and uncharted islands, but a terrifying secret and a shocking truth about his own family that will change his life forever.

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