"I lived away from my hometown in west central Wisconsin for 15 years. When I returned in the mid 1990s, I expected to be living in a farming community again. Instead, I discovered that many of the small family dairy farms like the one where I grew up had disappeared," said LeAnn R. Ralph, author of the books Christmas in Dairyland (True Stories from a Wisconsin Farm) (August 2003) and Give Me a Home Where the Dairy Cows Roam (October 2004).
"That's why I decided to write stories about growing up on a dairy farm. Our farm was home-steaded by my Norwegian great-grandfather in the late 1800s, but small family farms are a thing of the past. They have pretty much disappeared from the landscape," Ralph said.
LeAnn R. Ralph earned a bachelor's degree in English with a writing emphasis from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and a Master of Arts in Teaching from UW-Whitewater. She spent several years teaching English at a boys' boarding school and also has worked as a freelance writer and as a newspaper reporter. She is the editor of the Wisconsin Regional Writers' Association quarterly publication, The Wisconsin Regional Writer, and lives in west central Wisconsin with her husband, Randy Simpson, in the house that her parents built when they retired from farming.