David R. Beshears
David's work has been praised by literary professors and by PhDs in science, by fans and by book reviewers around the world. His miniseries screenplay adaptation of his popular novel "The Shylmahn Migration" won the Pacific Northwest Screenwriting Competition in 2007. David lives in Washington State with his wife Sylvia. When not writing, he can usually be found on any one of a dozen northwest mountains
I started writing when I was in the sixth grade. San Andreas school in Pacifica, California, the late 60s. Our teacher would write all of the day’s assignments on the blackboard, and each table of six students would work together to get through them. When finished, you went to the back of the room where each student had a card, green on one side, red on the other. You turned your card from red to green and spent the rest of the day working on extra credit.
One day I chose to write a short story. The next day, my teacher handed me a theme book. She said from that day forward my only extra credit was to fill that theme book with stories. How cool was that? Every day my extra credit time was spent writing in that theme book.
We moved away about halfway through the sixth grade; never saw that teacher again… or that theme book.
I've been writing ever since...
Books by David R. Beshears
A tenuous truce between Shylmahn and Human had kept the peace for more than five years, but there was never a doubt as to who were the masters of the planet. Earth belonged to the Shylmahn. But the Britton Family, waging a clandestine war with the invaders for thirty years, had one last desperate, insane plan to get their world back. Succeed or fail, it would change the face of the planet forever.
A team of scientists travels the eighty floors of a strange black tower, where each floor is an alternate world fraught with danger, striving to reach the top floor and the dark force behind the creation of the looming monolith… eleven episode series based on the eleven one hour screenplays of the television miniseries “The Black Tower”.
John Smith is the first person ever sent downstairs due to a mix-up in the paperwork. While this is sorted out, he is assigned to work at Hades’ local television station, where he must deal with strange characters and stranger programming... all the more bizarre, he arrived just in time for Founder's Day.
Present day... A man returns to a long-abandoned neighborhood. Doors stand ajar, shutters hang open, lawns and landscaping are unkempt. The man sits on the curb and opens a leather-bound journal. Through the journal, he recalls the events that took place in Ravenhill decades earlier…
Jack and Amanda hear the story of a mythical cavern that Grandma went searching for fifty years earlier with her little brother Bill and their best friend Mike. Her brother was lost, never to be seen again. Drawn to the mystery, they meet up with a local boy who tells them of a boy who went into the caves a few days before Christmas, 1910 and came out three years later telling of "The Christmas Cave", a world of amazing colors and lights.
The remnants of humanity survived as best they could on reservations or in tiny communities out of sight of the masters of the planet. Most had never known a world not dominated by the Shylmahn, content now to live out their lives in the shadows... Some were not content.
For the Shylmahn, it was a wonderful adventure... This is not ‘slam, bam, welcome to earth’ stuff. There will be no fairy dust sprinkled into the atmosphere to miraculously kill off the bad guys. This could happen. The Shylmahn Migration brings gritty realism to the nightmare of an overwhelming alien invasion of earth.
When he arrives in the strange village of Serpent’s Keep, Jake knows nothing of the world in which he will soon find himself. His secretive uncle has gone missing, has been declared dead, and has left him everything. Intent on finding out what happened, Jake starts this quest knowing only that it was along this same path that Tobias Quigley vanished, and that his uncle felt it necessary that Jacob pick up the quest, should he fail.
On October 12, 2007, a young soldier is injured in Afghanistan. For the next two years, as he is moved from Bagram to Germany to Walter Reed to Palo Alto and finally home to Washington State, his family never leaves his side. And throughout those years, his father writes daily emails to family and friends, chronicling the journey from a dusty road in Afghanistan to the snowy summit of Mt. Rainier.