Debra Seely

Hi, and welcome to my website. I've written two books, Grasslands and its sequel, The Last of the Roundup Boys, for readers ages 10 to 14. Both are historical fiction, set in the 1880s near my favorite place in the world, my grandparents’ farm on the Kansas prairie.

When I was young, the thing I wanted most was to leave the place I came from, Kansas.  Now I’ve learned to know it intimately and love its stories. I like to write might-have been tales about where I grew up.  I come from storytellers on both sides of my family. After we’d eaten a big family dinner, my sisters and cousins and I would sit around and listen to aunts, uncles, and grandparents tell stories of when they were young, or stories of their aunts, uncles, and grandparents. Those long-ago people had strange and adventurous lives, nothing like mine, or so I thought, until I realized that they must have grown up wondering who they would become, arguing with their parents and siblings, falling in love, much like anybody would today. My books tell their stories the way I imagine they would tell them, although I’ve added my imagination and plenty of  interesting nuggets I  found in history.

To celebrate their 40th anniversary Watermark Press is re-issuing a Kansas novel, Grasslands, by  Debra Seely