First, a bio of the woman pictured in the website header. That is Eva VanValkenburgh Walters, Linda’s grandmother. She is one of the featured characters in her novel UNDER THE ALMOND TREES. In the picture above, Eva is reading in the VanValkenburgh family’s almond orchard in Hayward, California.
As a child, Linda always loved to write. She still has her first story, written in early elementary school on newsprint paper in pink crayon. It’s about a pig with a curly tail. Linda took her first creative writing course in seventh grade, accumulating a closet full of stories that she never showed anyone until 2007. At that time, she gave the first draft of a flying horse book to a teacher colleague to read.
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.
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.
Coming in June 2023, THE RIVER REMEMBERS, also from She Writes Press, features an ancestor of Linda’s born at Fort Snelling, Minnesota, in 1835.
Linda Ulleseit currently lives in the Evergreen area of San Jose with her husband. They have two adult sons and a yellow Labrador. Linda is a recently retired sixth grade teacher. Her students were some of the early reviewers of her books.
Linda is available to speak on a variety of topics. She also enjoys attending events, book signings, visiting classrooms, and online chats or interviews.
Asilomar Reading Conference, 2010, “Using NaNoWriMo in the Classroom”
Silicon Valley CUE, 2016, “Novel Madness”
CUE Fall Conference, 2016, “Novel Madness”
Silicon Valley CUE, 2017, “Fully Integrating 1:1 Devices”
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”
Historical Novel Society Bay Area 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”
Women Writing the West Conference (virtual) October 2020, “Social Media for Authors,” “Goodreads for Authors,” “Author Marketing Collectives”
History San Jose Book Talk (virtual) November 2020 “Finding Women’s Voices in Historical Fiction”
JolabokaflodPDX December 2020
Historical Novel Society Conference, June 2021, “Starting an Author Collective,” “Finding Women’s Voices in Ancestor Stories” (virtual)
1455 Summer Festival (virtual), July 2021, “Mapping Characters’ Journey to Self-Discovery”
Story Circle Network Webinar (virtual), July 2021, “Mapping Characters’ Journey to Self-Discovery”
Barnes and Noble, Eastridge, Book Signing, 2012, 2013, 2014
Matsumoto 6th grade, classroom visits, 2012
LocalLit, San Jose Public Library, 2013, 2018, 2020 (virtual)
Harker Academy, high school visit, 2014
Evergreen Coffee Company, book signing, 2014
Evergreen Village Square, Local Artist Fair, 2015
Mini Maker Faire, San Jose, 2016 and 2017
San Jose History Days, 2016
San Jose Library’s Graphic Novel Contest, August 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, judge
Kona Stories Book Club, 2020 (virtual)
Evergreen Library Book Club 2020 (virtual)