About Polly

Polly Holyoke is the author of the award-winning Neptune Trilogy and the acclaimed Skyriders series. She grew up hiking, skiing and camping in the Colorado mountains. A former social studies teacher, she has LOVED books and reading. She even wrote her first book, 2 Days at Eagle Pass Ranch, with her best friend when she was in fifth grade. This remarkable tale about two girls outwitting horse thieves was never published, but it did get her hooked on writing stories.

Polly has always adored horses and been fascinated by the Pegasus myth. Her favorite picture book when she was little was a beautifully illustrated story of the Greek hero Bellerophon who tamed Pegasus, and together they defeated the terrible three-headed chimera terrorizing Lycea. She’s also been intrigued by the brave young riders of the American Pony Express, and she combined elements of both to create her Skyriders series.

Her husband introduced her to scuba diving, and she’s been fortunate enough to dive all over the world. Like her heroine Nere in her Neptune Trilogy, she is mildly claustrophobic, so she doesn’t dive in wrecks or lava tubes anymore.

She currently lives in the mountains of Colorado with two rescue Chihuahuas and a nice husband who puts up with piles of books all over their house. She enjoys going to work in her pajamas and getting paid for daydreaming.

Five Cool Factoids About Polly

Polly has climbed 48 of the 53 fourteen-thousand-foot peaks in Colorado. She’s proud of that fact because she’s really a chicken about heights.
She was bitten by a rattlesnake while running in a desert canyon. Thanks to her first aid training, she knew just what to do. FYI, if you get bitten by a rattlesnake, you are supposed to remain still and calm, clean the bite with warm soap and water, cover the wound with a clean, dry dressing and seek medical attention.
When Polly was a girl, she used to ride and jump her wonderful chestnut mare, Highland Lark. She still loves to ride at her friend’s ranch and help her move cows.
Polly used to work on her college’s ski patrol, and she still loves to ski. Powder days are the best!

Until recently her family had SIX pets: two spoiled rescue Chihuahuas, a sweet beagle mutt, two lazy cats and two parakeets. Now, they just have Coco and Jeremy (wearing their Halloween costumes), and they are very good company when she is writing.

Learn More About Polly

Would you like to find out more about Polly? Here’s her short bio and Really Long and Boring Bio (ONLY READ if you are doomed to do a school project on Polly):

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