The Polly Holyoke Interview

Polly Holyoke is a former middle school teacher and lives in Plano, TX with three rescue dogs, two spoiled cats and a nice husband who tolerates piles of books all over their house. 

Her debut middlegrade novel, The Neptune Project, was published by Disney/Hyperion and was selected to the 2014-15 Texas Bluebonnet Master List along with state reading lists in MD, FL, HI and OH. She has visited schools all over the country, giving assembly programs and teaching writing workshops. Polly always encourages students to read, write, unplug and daydream.

The questions below are based on the famous Proust Interview popularized by Vanity Fair magazine.

What is your greatest extravagance? Chocolate covered caramels
Which living person do you most admire? Teachers and librarians
What is your greatest fear? I don’t want to get bitten by a rattlesnake for the second time. The first time was exciting enough.
Which living person do you most admire? Teachers and librarians
What is the quality you most like in another person? Honesty
Which words or phrases do you most overuse? I really have to learn to use fewer “really”s and exclamation points!
When and where were you happiest? I’m happiest in the mountains of Colorado.
Which talent would you most like to have? Oh, I wish I had a beautiful singing voice.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I’d love to be 2-3 inches taller. Then I wouldn’t have to ask my hubby to get stuff down from high shelves for me.
What do you consider your greatest achievement? I am very proud of having raised two caring, kind and aware daughters.
Where would you most like to live? Colorado
What is your motto? Function in disaster, finish in style…

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