Lake City native returns home for book signing

Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Author Linda Dunlap Hulen of Colonial Heights, Vir., with her husband, Howard, and family at the Lake City Museum for the book signing of her second book, "A Patch of Cotton."

Linda Dunlap Hulen of Colonial Heights, Vir., was excited to return to her childhood hometown of Lake City on Saturday, Nov. 21, for a book signing of her second novel, "A Patch of Cotton."

Her first book, "Her Final Gift" was based on the true story of her parents Harmon and Eula Dunlap. It was finished in 2012 and released in Lake City. The Lake City Museum seemed the perfect place for the book signing of "Her Final Gift" where photographs of her parents as well as Ms. Hulen are featured throughout.

Among the pictures in the museum is one of the family's Dunlap Store (1952). An 8x10" picture of her father, a World War II veteran, hangs in the military room. Displayed with the Lake City High School archives is a 1962 picture of Linda as she was crowned Miss Lake City Junior High School.

It was only natural she wanted to release her second book, "A Patch of Cotton" with her family and friends in Lake City.

The cover of the newest book features cotton fields out from Lake City with her granddaughter, Taylor Owens, walking barefoot across the field. Ms. Hulen didn't realize in the background of the cover photograph the Bethabara Church on Cane Island can be seen.

"A Patch of Cotton" is a fictional novel based on Christian values. The story takes place primarily in Lake City along the St. Francis River.

Ms. Hulen gives credit to her husband, Howard, and her family for their support. She is the mother of six children, grandmother of 25 and great-grandmother of three. Their children are Darin Owens of Lake City; Devin Owens of Forrest City; Kerri Hamm of Colonial Heights, Vir., Delane Hulen of Indiana; Amy Kelley (who passed away in February) of Colorado Springs, Colo., and an infant son, Jeffrey Todd Owens, who passed away at 17 days old.

The author was excited to kick off her newest novel in Lake City with family and lifelong friends. She expressed her appreciation to everyone who came out to share the day with her. She always looks forward to returning to northeast Arkansas where her roots go deep.

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