About Ken Cruickshank
After having grown up an obstreperous youth wreaking all sorts of havoc in Orange County, California, Ken Cruickshank’s future was slowly and instantly rerouted through the progression of chronic disease and an accident. Needing to reinvent himself to overcome the mental burdens of managing a body that was breaking down, he discovered a passion for writing, and the technology enabling that pursuit.
Now nearly every day is spent writing or editing nonfiction and fiction, using speech-to-text software. Authoring books has become his fulfilling and grand adventure. Stand Up: a memoir of disease, family, faith & hope, is his debut book. He has completed two other manuscripts, a psychological thriller set on the Oregon Coast, The Barn, and an historical fiction novel describing the exploits of a Spanish conquistador, Death and Dishonor.
It has been said that the most important qualities for any aspiring novelist are a robust imagination, stubbornness, and technical writing skills. Ken believes he was born with two of these traits, and has spent years working to master the third. His aspirations as a published author are simple: He aims to entertain the reader, and to share hard-earned wisdom with those struggling through life.
He is a husband and father to a family he adores, and he lives with his wife, Karen, in Portland, Oregon. He enjoys nothing more than spending time with family and friends around a crackling fire, where good conversation is accompanied by red wines and dark chocolates.