Author of award-winning heritage fiction
Linda Ulleseit was born and raised in Saratoga, California. She is retired elementary school teacher with an MFA in writing from Lindenwood University and is a founding member of Paper Lantern Writers. She enjoys cooking, cross-stitching, reading, and spending time with her family.
Linda Ulleseit’s first novel, ON A WING AND A DARE, began as a NaNoWriMo novel in 2009. It was revised over the next two years with the help of reviewers on TheNextBigWriter.com and was published in 2012. It is a Young Adult fantasy set in medieval Wales, complete with flying horses, a love triangle, and treachery. For NaNoWriMo 2011, Linda drafted the sequel, IN THE WINDS OF DANGER, which was released in March, 2013. The third flying horse book, UNDER A WILD AND DARKENING SKY came out in 2014.
Also in 2014, UNDER THE ALMOND TREES. was released. It is an adult historical novel set in early 20th century California and is based on three of Linda’s ancestors.
In August 2020, Ulleseit’s novel, THE ALOHA SPIRIT, was published by She Writes Press. The story is inspired by her husband’s grandmother, who grew up in Hawaii.
THE RIVER REMEMBERS, June 2023, also from She Writes Press, features an ancestor of Linda’s born at Fort Snelling, Minnesota, in 1835. It also includes a Dakota chief’s daughter and a slave woman as point of view characters.
If you have a question about my books, or want me to speak (virtually or in person) at your book club, conference, or event, please contact me.
1455 Storyfest (virtual) 2023 “Fictionalizing Family”
History Quill (virtual) 2023 “Fictionalizing Family”
History Quill (virtual) 2022 “Promotion Loves Company”
Women Writing the West Conference, 2022 “Marketing vs. Publicity”
Historical Novel Society Conference, June 2021, “Starting an Author Collective,” “Finding Women’s Voices in Ancestor Stories” (virtual)
History Quill 2021 “Finding Women’s Voices” and “Marketing Collectives” (virtual)
Story Circle Network Webinar , July 2021, “Mapping Characters’ Journey to Self-Discovery” (virtual)
1455 Summer Festival, July 2021, “Mapping Characters’ Journey to Self-Discovery” (virtual)
Women Writing the West Conference 2020, “Social Media for Authors,” “Goodreads for Authors,” “Author Marketing Collectives” (virtual)
History San Jose Book Talk 2020 “Finding Women’s Voices in Historical Fiction” (virtual)
JolabokaflodPDX December 2020 (virtual)
Historical Novel Society NorCal meeting, January 2018, “Writing About Family”
GLBT History Museum, San Francisco, March 2018, “Designing Women: A Lesbian Couple in the Arts & Crafts Movement”
Dr. Martin Luther King Library, San Jose, June 2018: “When Strong Women Were Not PC”
Historical Novel Society Conference, 2017, “When They Were Still in the Closet: Writing LGBTQ Characters in Historical Fiction”
Career Tech Summer Academy, 2017, to 240 4th-6th graders “Author Life”