Who’s That Indie Author? R. Lee Ingalls

R. Lee Ingalls

Author Name: R. Lee Ingalls

Genre: Non-Fiction

Book: Ingalls on the Prairie – The Gene and Fern Ingalls Story

Favorite author: Laura Ingalls Wilder

Are you a full-time author? No I am not. If not, what’s your side gig? I am a Project Manager by career.

What experiences or people have influenced your writing the most? Laura Ingalls Wilder is a family member and knowing I was part of that family was the initial event that caused me to decide to write a book. My parents and their life together was an amazing thing to see, a love story of a different type.

Do you keep a writing journal and if so, how do you use it? I do not but I have been jotting down memory joggers for a couple decades.

Do you belong to a writers’ group? If so, describe your experience: No I do not.

Are you up with the sun or do you burn the midnight oil? I am up with the sun but can and do write late in the day as well. Normally I write new material in the morning and do my edits in the afternoon / early evening.

How do you get over a writing slump? I just start typing whatever comes into my mind.

Do you prefer writing dialogue or descriptive passages? Descriptive passages for sure.

What are you working on now? My second book is what I thought would be my first book but as I began to write I found my parents story to be much more compelling. My second book will also be non-fiction but my story.

What advice would you give to someone thinking about writing and publishing a book? Do it, don’t wait, begin now and don’t force it. I finally allowed the story to take a more organic path and then everything fell into place.

Do you listen to podcasts? If so, which podcasts do you find the most interesting? No, not really but I have been invited to participate in a couple mostly addressing the connection and continuing story of the Ingalls / Little House on the Prairie story.

Favorite escape: I love going on cruises, they are relaxing and I can completely disconnect.

Have you ever tried Kombucha tea? No I have not.

Do you prefer a couch with pillows or no pillows? With pillows

Would you rather rake leaves, shovel snow or weed? Rake leaves

Favorite mask – disposable paper, plain fabric, colorful print or something else? I have a variety but normally I wear one with a pattern and reusable.

Biggest writing challenge since COVID-19: No writing challenge it actually freed up my time to be able to complete my book, but the lack of travel and social distancing has limited my ability to promote my book.

Website and social media links:
Website: www.ingallsontheprairie.com
Instagram: ingallsontheprairie
Facebook: R Lee Ingalls Author


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21 thoughts on “Who’s That Indie Author? R. Lee Ingalls

  1. How interesting to be a part of Laura’s family. I love those books and have read them many times. I have two copies of all of them, one set is from my childhood. I would love to know the family connection having read Laura’s biography.

    1. Hi Robbie – My son and I read the entire series, including the ones written by other authors. I enjoyed them so much. Thanks for stopping by, Robbie. I hope you are doing well. 🙂

      1. We are well, thanks, Barbara. I’m not sure what next year will bring, given further closures of public places here in the peak of the Christmas season. I am putting it out of my mind until next year.

    1. Hi Jill – I also loved all of the Little House books – I even read the ones written by new authors. Couldn’t get enough of the story! Thanks for reading and commenting and saying hello to R. Lee!

  2. Before I saw the book cover, the author’s name called up the author of Little House on the Prairie. I see Lee is taking advantage of the tie-in to promote his book. Good move!

  3. Hi Everyone, thank you for your comments, you are very kind. I will try to explain the relationship as briefly as possible. Laura was the only one of her siblings to have children of their own and Laura’s only daughter only had one child that died in infancy. The means the closet relative to her would be a descendant of one of her cousins. I am a descendant of Samuel Ingalls one of her cousin’s. I am trying to continue the legacy she began and am working on my second book now.

  4. Barabara, how exciting to interview a member of the Ingall family and lovely to meet R. Lee Ingalls! Of course, there would be no other choice for the favourite writer but the wonderful Laura Ingalls Wilder!

  5. Thank you again for your comments. In addition to my book I also have a Twitter and Instagram account ingallsontheprairie where I am sharing additional family details and a video series on my journey that resulted in this book. I hope you find this interesting as well.

  6. What a coup – to get an interview – with R.Lee Ingalls and you. 🙂
    In a poetic state of mind. Bet this will be a wonderful book. It’s refreshing to hear from someone (and a guy) who admires his parents and their love story.

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