Julia Soplop is the author of "Equus Rising: How the Horse Shaped U.S. History." Soplop is a lifelong writer and photographer. A fascination with documenting animal behavior has led her around the globe, from conducting field research on lemurs in Madagascar, to swimming with sea lions in the Galápagos Islands, to studying sea turtles on the Outer Banks. So, naturally, when her daughters started riding lessons, it was the horses’ behavior that first drew Soplop in. Curiosity piqued, she dove into her kids’ horse books. What began innocently as light reading rapidly escalated into amassing a collection of horse literature; dashing around the country to photograph wild horses; and, ultimately, writing "Equus Rising." Soplop’s work has appeared in numerous publications, including National Geographic Magazine Online, Design Mom, Skiing, The Summit Daily News, Vail Daily, Duke Magazine, and The Chapel Hill News. Soplop has a bachelor’s in French from Duke University and a master’s in Medical Journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She lives with her husband, their three girls, and a spritely hedgehog in the woods outside of Chapel Hill.