About Me

Pub photo 3Linda S. Johnston was born in England and has lived in several states, including Kansas. She received a B. S. in horticulture from California Polytechnic University in Pomona, California. She has worked as an environmental educator and field interpreter for George Mason University and the Prince William County, Virginia, school district. With a keen interest in history, she has served as a docent at several historic sites, including the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm in Olathe, Kansas, where she began twenty-five years of research in Kansas history, and George Mason’s home, Gunston Hall, in Fairfax County, Virginia, where she wrote and illustrated a children’s guide. Each June, she teaches illustration as part of the Young Writers Workshop at Gunston Hall and has also led programs in nature journaling, encouraging the relationship between art, writing, and nature.

In September 2015, she served as Artist-in-Residence for the National Park Service at Catoctin Mountain Park in Thurmont, Maryland. During that time she led four publc programs on nature journaling.  She prented the Catoctin Forest Alliance, sponsors of the Artist-in-Residence program, with a nature journal that combined the art and words of park visitors and her own work.  She has been chosen to be a National Park Service Artist-in-Residence at the Manassas National Battlefield Park in Manassas, Virginia and will be there May 1-12, 2017.

Her first book, Hope Amid Hardship: Pioneer Voices from Kansas Territory was plublished in 2013. Linda is currently researching her second book, based on letters and journals of Virginia women during World War I.

A hiker, kayaker, and amateur naturalist, Linda enjoys the outdoors in northern Virginia where she lives with her husband Clay.


Member of:
The Authors Guild
Women Writing the West

Virginia Writers ClubVirginia Historical Society
National Museum of Women in the Arts