Karl Erickson has called Monmouth, Oregon home since 2016. He lives there with his wife and one adult child who is a university senior as of 2023. (The Newfoundland named Chester mentioned here in the past is sadly no longer with them.) While he's been state employee for nearly three decades, Karl identifies himself primarily in the role of an author and essayist. He's the writer of two lighthearted children’s books: Toupee Mice and Tristan’s Travels. Both are published by Rafka Press. His wife, Kimberly Erickson is their wonderful illustrator. He is also the writer of a new mystery, The Blood Cries Out. Besides writing fiction, his articles have appeared in a wide variety of publications—from America, The National Catholic Weekly and Seattle Pacific University’s Response to a guest opinion writer for both the Portland Tribune and the Statesman Journal. Karl also enjoys nature and travel photography. In June 2018, Karl was part of the last graduating class from Marylhurst University, where he graduated with honors with a BA in English Literature and New Media.