Misty Hull has been writing stories since she was a child, and now she’s starting to share the products of her imagination with the wider community.
Hull, 38, recently self-published a youth literature book titled “Lienara,” which she characterizes as a fairy tale for children in the age range of 9-12 years. She said that she hopes “Lienara” will be the first of many books.
Hull is selling the paperback volume for $13.99. You can buy it directly from her, or you can pick up a copy at Metcalf Feeds, where her dad has copies available, or you can buy it online through Amazon or Barnes & Noble.
Born and reared in the Pawhuska area, Hull grew up outside town and next door to one of her grandfathers, who enjoyed painting and sculpting and wood carving. She drew inspiration from her grandfather’s creativity.
“I grew up in the country, so I had plenty of inspiration for imagination,” Hull said. She developed stories and plays and learned to draw. “Lienara” is illustrated with her drawings. Hull explained that she also has a sequel to “Lienara,” and some children’s short stories that she would like to bring together in a short story collection. Another story she has developed is meant for more of a high school audience, she said.
Asked about her interest in children’s literature, Hull said she loves children and has always wanted to do something that involves them. She and her husband, Jack, have two boys, who will soon be 17 and 14 years old.
Misty and Jack Hull are folks that their fellow Pawhuskans probably encounter on a regular basis. They work at Pawhuska Hometown Foods, the grocery store on Main Street, where Jack is the manager for frozen and dairy products, and Misty is general merchandise manager and also stocks shelves and runs a cash register.
Misty Hull said Jack and their boys have been fielding questions about “Lienara,” and that the book has been a project supported by the whole family.
Jack Hull commented that there had been a family meeting and everyone voted to support Misty’s effort to self-publish the book. The Hulls reviewed materials from several publishing companies, including possible contracts, and decided on Archway Publishing, which is affiliated with Simon and Schuster.
Jack Hull said he was particularly interested in making sure Misty didn’t become trapped in a stressful, unsatisfactory commercial arrangement. He wanted her to be able to continue to enjoy her writing. So he looked a potential contracts with a keen eye for what he described as “razor blades and shark’s teeth.”
The end result is that Misty Hull owns the rights to her book and she’s not trapped in a bad arrangement, Jack Hull said. He commented that he is proud of her creativity.
“In my eyes, my wife is a mutifaceted person,” Jack Hull said. He described her creative expression as being characterized by a love for, and enjoyment of, the beauty of the imagination, and not by ego.
“It’s not about ‘look at me,’” he said. Jack said he told Misty he wanted her to go after her dream.
“Life’s short, just go for it, honey,” he recalled telling her.
Misty Hull said “Lienara” stemmed from a dream she had about 15 years ago. She added material to the dream to build the story, she said. Misty keeps a notebook nearby, so that if she wakes in the middle of the night she can write. She also sometimes writes as she winds down from the work day, she said.