November 9, 1937
A Horse Called Dragon
Lynn Hall's love of animals permeates her many young adult books. “From earliest memory I had been yearning toward the country toward animals, specifically toward horses and dogs,” she said in Something About the Author Autobiography Series. “All of my clearest childhood memories center around animals.”
“My family couldn't afford a horse, didn't really want a dog, and assumed that I was going through a stage. Wrong,” she said in the Fifth Book of Junior Authors. “My hunger for these animals went unfed except for the nourishment of The Black Stallion and Misty of Chincoteaqueand Lad: A Dog. I was a voracious reader, but only in these areas, and had to be forced to read other kinds of books.”
The daughter of a Standard Oil executive and a high school teacher, Hall attended schools in Iowa. She married Dean W. Green in 1960 and divorced a year later. Hall has worked as a secretary and a veterinarian's assistant. She has been a full-time writer since 1968.
Reading what she considered to be a poorly written horse book one day, Hall decided she could do better. She researched how wellwritten books are crafted, and produced her first story about a dog show. However, her second manuscript, The Shy Ones was the first to be accepted by a publisher, and was released in 1967.
“The loves of my life, horses and dogs, provide the impetus for my writing,” Hall said in Contemporary Authors. “The truth is that I write not so much to provide books for children as to relish the sheer fun of a good horse story or a good dog story. When I've read all the