March 2014: The Children Are Tender

Caregiving, teaching little kids to read, and riding in the pickup with Farmer John; I tweet, pin, and blog, from my home in rural Kansas. If you've landed here looking for information about my books, visit my author's page by clicking this link: Amazon.com/Linda A. Born. Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Welcome to Karola

Yes, this is Lebo's sign, shamelessly photoshopped to become the welcome to the fictional town of Karola. 
Karola, Kansas is a fictional place inspired by my own Kansas hometown of Lebo. Like the character of Lydia in The Children Are Tender, I married into a wonderful community. Neither Lydia or I were born and bred in the towns we eventually came to call home.

With just three exceptions, there are no Leboites in Karola; Anna and Bob Williamson do bear a startling resemblance to my parents, and there will be quite a few people who recognize Farmer John Birn as my husband, John Born. The other inhabitants of Karola came to life for me in a very real way, as though they were new friends I was meeting for the first time. Before long I began to feel I was writing a story that already existed, a story the Lord wanted told.

The Children Are Tender is scheduled to be published in late spring or early summer. I hope you'll stop by this blog often in the next few months for an introduction to the Karola community and school.