Please welcome Polly Holyoke to the virtual offices today! Polly is here to chat about her book, The Neptune Project, and afterwards, she has a signed copy and swag to give to one of you!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Polly Holyoke] I’m a short, cheerful, energetic writer/reader/mom with a great imagination and a good sense of humor. I’m also an excellent teacher and a terrible cook.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about THE NEPTUNE PROJECT?
[Polly Holyoke] THE NEPTUNE PROJECT is set in a future where global warming is out of control. As people fight over scarce resources like food and water, a group of desperate scientists genetically alter their own children to live in the sea. Nere Hanson, a shy dolphin trainer, suddenly finds she has to give up her entire future on land and lead her companions on a dangerous journey to her father’s undersea colony.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Polly Holyoke] I’ve always thought that if we mess up the land of our planet too much, we might be forced to live in the sea someday. THE NEPTUNE PROJECT grew out of that basic premise. What would it be like for a group of teens to suddenly give up everything they know to live in beneath the waves?
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Nere?
[Polly Holyoke] Shy, brave, determined
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Nere is never without.
[Polly Holyoke] Her dolphin family.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in Nere’s pockets?
[Polly Holyoke] Well, since she lives in the sea… matches, paper and a cell phone!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Nere’s greatest regret?
[Polly Holyoke] That her mother died before Nere could tell Gillian that she did forgive her for putting her through the Neptune transformation.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?
[Polly Holyoke] I think the fantasy authors I read as a kid still influence me today. I loved books like Lloyd Alexander’s Prydain series and THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA which transported me to other worlds, worlds that were so vividly described that I almost believed they existed.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?
[Polly Holyoke] Quiet, my computer and a good cup of tea (with lots of milk and sugar, thank you very much!) I usually have a couple of cats supervising me, too.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?
[Polly Holyoke] I’m still thinking about Maggie Stiefvater’s THE SCORPIO RACES. That book definitely took me to a different reality with such a haunting premise (horse-lover that I am) that I can’t forget it. A book about mythical man-eating horses just shouldn’t work, but of course, this one does brilliantly.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[Polly Holyoke] THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON by Johann David Weiss was one of the first books to turn me on to reading. My father and grandmother had to read it to me several times because I couldn’t get enough of the story of a young Swiss family shipwrecked on a deserted island and all the clever ways they found to survive. When my family got tired of reading this book to me, I picked it up and realized I could read it to myself!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Polly Holyoke] I love to read good books, watch good and some not-so-good movies with my kids, and take long walks. When I can get back to my home state of Colorado, I hike, camp and ski in the high country.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
[Polly Holyoke] They can send me a tweet at @pollyholyoke or leave me a message on my website: www.pollyholyoke.com.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!
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