First, a bio of the woman pictured in the website header. That is Eva VanValkenburgh Walters, my grandmother. She is one of the featured characters in my novel UNDER THE ALMOND TREES. In the picture, she 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.
Linda Ulleseit currently lives in the Evergreen area of San Jose with her husband. They have two adult sons and two yellow Labradors. Linda is a sixth grade teacher at James Franklin Smith Elementary School, where her students were some of the early reviewers of her books. She loves teaching writing and has published several anthologies of student work. Her students get a lot of practice scribbling stories and essays. Linda has an MFA in Creative Writing from Lindenwood University and is looking forward to writing full time after she retires from teaching in 2019.
Linda is available to speak on a variety of topics. She also enjoys attending events, book signings, and visiting classrooms. She is also available for Skype chats.
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”
Barnes and Noble, Eastridge, Book Signing, 2012, 2013, 2014
Matsumoto 6th grade, classroom visits, 2012
Harker Academy, high school visit, 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, judge