I didn’t plan to be a writer, but maybe I started my writing career in sixth grade. We had to write a paper on “what I want to do when I grow up”. I came across this paper while cleaning my closet a decade later (mom had kept it), and according to my dreams back then, I wanted to be a farmer, but my last line was “but alas, girls can’t be farmers”.
But I did go into my chosen field when I earned my Bachelors Degree in Agriculture and Horticulture from Kansas State University. I did agronomy research for years before starting a wholesale horticulture business. My company, Prairie Flower Creations, grew and dried flowers, ornamental corn, and mini pumpkins for the florist trade.
In 1990 I was featured in Country Woman Magazine, just when my husband’s job transferred us to California. I sold my business and tried to cope, growing flowers and pumpkins in five-gallon buckets on our “cement lawn”.
I started writing about the family and farmland I was homesick for and started a new career, writing about my pioneer women ancestors who homesteaded farms in Kansas in the 1800’s.
My husband and I eventually moved back to Kansas, bought land next to my family, and raised bison for a decade. So not only have I fulfilled my dream to be a farmer, I’ve made a career writing about pioneer women who also connected with the prairie land of Kansas. Butter in the Well was the first book I wrote in 1992 and is still a popular book today.
Currently I’m writing western romances. My Brides with Grit and Grooms with Honor series are classified as sweet romances, featuring fictional couples living near the cow town of Ellsworth, Kansas in 1870-1890s.
My books are available in printed, ebook, and audio versions on Amazon, B&N, and iTunes. Considered historical fiction, these books are age appropriate for everyone from age 9 to 99. Book, quilt, and Scandinavian gift shops sell them (or ask your local store to stock them for you) and schools use them in class studies to portray early pioneer and Kansas history.
Linda K. Hubalek