New interview with children’s author Karl Beckstrand

Here is a new
interview with children’s author Karl
Beckstrand
. We’re chatting about his newest book, a non-fiction children’s
book titled, Muffy & Valor: A TrueStory.
You
can read his interview about Butterfly
Blink: A Book without Words
here.
Bio:
Karl
Beckstrand is the bestselling and
award-winning author of 19 multicultural/multilingual books and more than 50 e-book
titles (reviews by Kirkus, School Library
Journal
, The Horn Book blog, ForeWord
Reviews
). Raised in San Jose, CA, he has a B.A. in journalism from BYU, an
M.A. in international relations from APU, and a broadcast & film
certificate from Film A. Academy. Since 2004 he has run Premio Publishing. His
survival western, To Swallow the Earth
won a 2016 International Book Award. A college media instructor, Beckstrand has
presented to Taiwan’s Global Leadership for Youth, city and state governments,
festivals, and schools. Beckstrand’s nationally lauded Y.A. stories, e-book
mysteries, ESL/ELL Spanish/bilingual books, nonfiction, and wordless books
feature ethnically diverse characters—and usually end with a twist.
His work has
appeared in: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Border’s Books, Costco, Deseret Book,
iBooks, The Children’s Miracle Network, LDS Film Festival, the U.S. Congressional Record, Papercrafts Magazine, and various
broadcasts. FB, Twitter, http://KarlBeckstrand.com,
http://PremioBooks.com.
Welcome back to Reviews and Interviews,
Karl. Please tell us about your newest release, Muffy & Valor: A True Story
.
Muffy is a
little dog who loves people. But after a painful injury she is wary of other
dogs. Valor is a lost dog who gets hit by a car. When Muffy’s family brings
Valor home to recover, no one is sure what Muff will do. This tender picture
book teaches compassion, friendship, trust, and courage. (28 illustrations, 700
words in dyslexic-friendly font by award-winning author Karl Beckstrand. For
children 4 – 7; hard, soft cover and e-book, Hispanic characters, illustrated
by Brandon Rodriguez, ISBN: 978-0985398842)
What inspired you to write this book?
Muffy was
really my dog growing up. She was badly hurt by another dog and REALLY didn’t
like dogs. When my brother and I came across an injured German shepherd (that had
been hit by a car), we had some hard decisions to make. You can read a detailed
account of what happened on my
blog
.
What’s the next writing project?
The second in
a series on immigrant children: Ida’s
Witness
. My previous book, The Bridge
of the Golden Wood
, was selected this summer by Vermont’s Treasurer’s
Office for financial literacy curriculum.
What is your biggest challenge when
writing a new book (or the biggest challenge with this book)?
Making the book
reach readers visually—I spent a lot of time with the illustrator making sure
the images of Muffy and the dog we rescued conveyed the emotion of the story.
If your books require research – please
talk about the process. Do you do the research first and then write, while
you’re writing, after the book is complete and you fill in the gaps?
For true
stories, I research as I go. I typically find new details all the way to the
end of the writing and illustrating process. It was fun to interview my family
about their memories of Muffy and Valor.
What’s your writing space like? Do you
have a particular spot to write where the muse is more active? Please tell us
about it.
I write on my
laptop at my desk at home. Before that, I’m constantly writing ideas on scraps
of paper—since they come to me anywhere and any at time—day or night!
What authors do you enjoy reading within
or outside of your genre?

I love
history, so anything by David McCoullugh is ideal. Other authors I love:
Tolkien, Harper Lee, C.S. Lewis, Clancy, Grisham, Shel Silverstein
Anything additional you want to share
with the readers today?
The e-book
of Muffy & Valor is free for Kindle
Unlimited users
.
Thank you for coming back to Reviews and
Interviews!


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