Meet the Author

Linda Gilleland

Author Linda Gilleland
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Linda Gilleland, a retired school teacher, grew up in an agricultural family and graduated from college with a dual degree in sociology and elementary education. She has always loved the outdoors and animals—horses in particular. The first and most-loved book that she ever owned was Bambi, and as a young girl she was always bringing home stray animals. She married her husband, Bruce, and moved to the family farm and ranch in 1970. She has a wonderful son, Rader, an equally wonderful daughter-in-law, Hollie, and two beautiful grandchildren, Grace and Jack. She has been involved in many community service, school, and 4-H projects throughout her lifetime.

Originally, Linda wanted to write this story as a gift for her granddaughter, Grace. She wanted Grace to remember her legacy of agricultural life and how life used to be on the farm as Grace grew older and started her own family. Through this story, Linda wanted Grace to remember what life is really all about. This faith in love, kindness, and friendship between people and animals can be carried over into our individual lives and will give all of us, in time, many opportunities to make life nicer for someone else. So, with the encouragement of her husband and friends, Linda became an unintended author.

Meet the Artist

Leigh Ann Irish

Illustrator Leigh Ann Irish  
Leigh Ann Irish grew up in south Texas and moved to Shreveport, Louisiana, in 2011 following her marriage to Lyn Irish. She has been drawing and painting since childhood. Formal training included commercial art and illustration classes at Austin Community College. After a few years of working as a graphic artist/illustrator she became a full-time mother and homemaker, only drawing or painting occasionally until 2003, when her children were grown and she had time to pursue her art again. Since then she has devoted most of her time and talent to commissioned portraits but continues to do occasional illustrations and other drawings and paintings. Recent awards include Best of Show at the regional art competition, show, and sale sponsored by the Uvalde Visual Arts League in 2009 and 2010 Artist of the Year at the Coppini Academy of Fine Arts in San Antonio, Texas. Her work is displayed in several small galleries in south Texas. Her work can also be seen on her website (with her previous name) at

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