Karl Beckstrand is the award-winning author of 15 books and more than 40 online titles. Raised in San Jose, CA, he received a B.A. in journalism from BYU and an M.A. in international relations from APU. A bilingual publisher and media instructor, Beckstrand speaks about both kinds of publishing. His nationally-lauded ebook mysteries, nonfiction, and Spanish/bilingual books feature characters of color—and usually end with a twist. His work has appeared in: Barnes & Noble, Border's Books, Deseret Book, Costco, Kindle/Nook/iBooks, Amazon, The Children's Miracle Network, LDS Film Festival, U.S. Congressional Record, and Papercrafts Magazine. Available for interviews and speaking engagements.
Ransom Wilcox was born in Taber, Alberta, Canada in 1907. The family moved to Vina, California, farmed, tended livestock, hunted, and fished in the Sierra Nevadas. Once, to escape a charging wild boar, Wilcox stuck a pole he was carrying into the ground and climbed up!
Financial hardship forced them to move often. One season the family lived in a tent while the men cut hay. Another year, Wilcox joined his father and brothers in Arizona, building a school on an American Indian reservation. Elements of Wilcox's stories come from his early experiences.
In 1943 Wilcox enlisted in the army. After the war, the Great Depression, and a divorce, Wilcox finished his schooling and opened a chiropractic practice off Union Square in San Francisco. Wilcox loved to walk in the great outdoors. Near the end of his life, he joked about leaving his body to science; "I'm sure they can use my brain. It's in perfect condition—never been used." His short stories and poems are published under the title Horse & Dog Adventures in Early California
Beckstrand has lived abroad, and he enjoys volleyball and kayaking (usually not at the same time).