About Linda Harkey

Linda Harkey loves dogs and loves teaching children. Her experiences as a mother, school teacher, volunteer docent and hunting dog owner have inspired her to write the award-winning children’s book series, Hickory Doc’s Tales.

For over 22 years she diligently worked as a volunteer docent at two outstanding museums in Oklahoma – The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City and Gilcrease Museum (Thomas Gilcrease Institute of American History and Art) in Tulsa.  During her tenure, she helped develop curricula for children’s programs and gave countless presentations to children both at the museums and local schools.

Linda is now the author of eight children’s books:

  • The Budding Staff (2005)
  • Hickory Doc’s Tales (The Pack: First Generation) (2017)
  • The Remarkable Story of Willie the Crow (A Hickory Doc’s Tale) (2018)
  • Solitary Toes and Brown-Headed Cowbirds (A Hickory Doc’s Tale) (2019)
  • Doc, Willie, and the Pack: Secrets, Gifts, Family (A Hickory Doc’s Tale) (2019)
  • Doc’s Dog Days: A Hickory Doc’s Activity Book (2019)
  • The Wayward Path of the Devil and Mr. Snake in the Garden of Eden (2021)
  • Chatty the Hen Pheasant (Travels with the Pack) (2021)

She has also been featured in several magazines, including American Kennel Club Gazette, OKC Pets Magazine, Tulsa Pets Magazine, Story Monsters Ink (October, 2018), Tempo: Arts & Entertainment Magazine from The Taos News (July 2019), and Story Monsters Ink (June, 2021).

For her Hickory Doc’s Tales book series, Linda was interviewed for the America Tonight Radio show with Kate Delaney (September 2021) and WebTalkRadio with John Crowley. You can listen to the interview with Kate Delaney here and with John Crowley here.

Linda and her husband Michael have two children and three grandchildren. They currently live on Ocate Mesa in New Mexico.

Awards for Linda’s Books

  • 2022 Eric Hoffer Book Award – Legacy Fiction Category – First Runner-Up
    Solitary Toes and Brown-Headed Cowbirds (A Hickory Doc’s Tale)
  • 2022 Eric Hoffer Book Award – First Horizon Award – Finalist
    Solitary Toes and Brown-Headed Cowbirds (A Hickory Doc’s Tale)
  • 2022 London Book Festival – Children’s Books – Winner, Honorable Mention
    Chatty the Hen Pheasant: Travels with the Pack
  • 2021 Story Monsters Approved Winner – Board Books (Birth-Ages 3) – Digital
    Chatty the Hen Pheasant: Travels with the Pack
  • 2021 (Dec.) International Impact Book Award – Children’s Education – Excellence for Writing Quality  Digital 
    Hickory Doc’s Tales (The Pack: First Generation)
  • 2021 Pinnacle Book Achievement Award – Best Books in the Category of Animals and Pets – NABE (National Association of Book Entrepreneurs) – Digital 
    Hickory Doc’s Tales (The Pack: First Generation)
  • 2021 Hollywood Book Festival – Children’s Books – Honorable Mention – Digital 
    Hickory Doc’s Tales (The Pack: First Generation)
  • 2021 Firebird Book Awards – Children’s Early Readers (5-8) – Digital 
    Hickory Doc’s Tales (The Pack: First Generation)
  • 2021 (Nov.) Literary Titan Four-Star Review
    Hickory Doc’s Tales (The Pack: First Generation)
  • 2021 Literary Titan Book Award – Best Book – Digital 
    Hickory Doc’s Tales (The Pack: First Generation)
  • 2021 Royal Dragonfly Book Award – Animals/Pets – Digital
    Hickory Doc’s Tales (The Pack: First Generation)
  • 2022 (Feb.) Literary Titan Book Awards – Gold Book Award – Digital 
    The Remarkable Story of Willie the Crow (A Hickory Doc’s Tale)
  • 2022 (Jan.) Literary Titan Five-Star Review 
    The Remarkable Story of Willie the Crow (A Hickory Doc’s Tale)
  • 2021 B.R.A.G. Medallion – Children’s – Digital 
    The Remarkable Story of Willie the Crow (A Hickory Doc’s Tale)
  • 2021 Little Peeps Children’s Book Awards for Early Readers & Picture Books – CIBA – In the Running for Short List – Semi-Finalists – Chanticleer International Book Awards
    The Remarkable Story of Willie the Crow (A Hickory Doc’s Tale)
  • 2021 New England Book Festival Winners Children’s Books – Runner-Up Digital
    The Remarkable Story of Willie the Crow (A Hickory Doc’s Tale)
  • 2022 (Jan.) Literary Titan Book Awards – Silver Book Award – Digital 
    Solitary Toes and Brown-Headed Cowbirds (A Hickory Doc’s Tale)
  • 2021 Firebird Book Awards – Nature – Digital 
    Solitary Toes and Brown-Headed Cowbirds (A Hickory Doc’s Tale)
  • 2021 December Literary Titan Four–Star Review
    Solitary Toes and Brown-Headed Cowbirds (A Hickory Doc’s Tale)
  • 2021 Hollywood Book Festival – Sequels – Digital 
    Solitary Toes and Brown-Headed Cowbirds (A Hickory Doc’s Tale)
  • 2021 American Fiction Awards – Children’s Fiction (Ages 3 – 6)  – Finalist – Digital 
    Solitary Toes and Brown-Headed Cowbirds (A Hickory Doc’s Tale)
  • 2022 (Feb.) Literary Titan Book Awards – Gold Book Award – Digital 
    Doc, Willie, and the Pack: Secrets, Gifts, Family (A Hickory Doc’s Tale)
  • 2022 (Jan.) Literary Titan Five-Star Review
    Doc, Willie, and the Pack: Secrets, Gifts, Family (A Hickory Doc’s Tale)
  • 2021 American Fiction Awards – Children’s Picture Book: Softcover Fiction – Finalist – Digital 
    Doc, Willie, and the Pack: Secrets, Gifts, Family (A Hickory Doc’s Tale)
  • 2021 Royal Dragonfly Book Award – Children’s Picture Books –  6 & Older – Digital
    Doc, Willie, and the Pack: Secrets, Gifts, Family (A Hickory Doc’s Tale)
  • 2021 Southern California Book Festival – Children – Digital 
    Doc, Willie, and the Pack: Secrets, Gifts, Family (A Hickory Doc’s Tale)
  • 2021 Next Generation Indie Book Award – Winner: Activity Books All Ages
    Doc’s Dog Days (A Hickory Doc’s Activity Book)
  • 2021 Next Generation Indie Book Award – Finalist: Animals/Pets
    Doc’s Dog Days (A Hickory Doc’s Activity Book)
  • RWYK (Read With Your Kids) “Certified Great Read”
    The Remarkable Story of Willie the Crow (A Hickory Doc’s Tale)
  • 13th Annual National Indie Excellence Award – Finalist
    Hickory Doc’s Tales (The Pack: First Generation)
  • RWYK (Read With Your Kids) “Certified Fun Read
    Hickory Doc’s Tales (The Pack: First Generation)
    Solitary Toes and Brown-headed Cowbirds (A Hickory Doc’s Tale)
  • 2020 International Book Awards – Finalist: Children’s Fiction
    Hickory Doc’s Tales (The Pack: First Generation)
  • 2020 Next Generation Indie Book Award – Finalist: Series (Fiction)
    Hickory Doc’s Tales (The Pack: First Generation)
    The Remarkable Story of Willie the Crow (A Hickory Doc’s Tale)
    Solitary Toes and Brown-headed Cowbirds (A Hickory Doc’s Tale)
    Doc, Willie, and the Pack: Secrets, Gifts, Family (A Hickory Doc’s Tale)
  • 2020 Eric Hoffer Award – Book Category Finalist
    Doc’s Dog Days (A Hickory Doc’s Activity Book)
  • 2019 Purple Dragonfly Book Contest – First Place: Animals/Pets
    Hickory Doc’s Tales (The Pack: First Generation)
  • 2019 Purple Dragonfly Book Contest – Honorable Mention: Chapter Books
    Hickory Doc’s Tales (The Pack: First Generation)
  • 2019 American Fiction Award – Finalist: Juvenile Fiction
    Hickory Doc’s Tales (The Pack: First Generation)
  • 2019 American Book Fest “Best Book” Awards  – Finalist: Children’s Educational
    Hickory Doc’s Tales (The Pack: First Generation)