Oleanna was inspired by the lives of my mom's grandfather John and his sisters Elisabeth and Oleanna, which I detail in the Author's Note at the end of the book.
Here's a portrait of John, taken ca. 1911, when he was an early homesteader in North Dakota. Handsome fella, eh?
My mom visited Elisabeth and Oleanna on the farm in Norway in 1964, and brought back these photos of the farmhouse. Look at all those gorgeous weavings!
I wish I could get my hands on those photos on the wall!
And here's a photo of Oleanna (in the middle). Isn't she gorgeous?
And finally, here's a photo of John, my grandparents, my mom (isn't she beautiful!), and me, in 1974.
Obviously, all photos are from my private collection and may not be used without permission.