2020 Nonfiction Shortlist
Axton Betz-Hamilton is the author of The Less People Know About Us: A Mystery of Betrayal, Family Secrets, and Stolen Identity, which received the 2020 Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime. A Portland, Indiana native, she graduated from Jay County High School, where she was a member of the Academic and Speech Teams. She was also a 10-year member of Jay County 4-H. Even though she is a native of Portland, she spent much of her free time as a child in Winchester, Indiana, skating at the Starlite Skating Center and making holiday fruit baskets at the Winchester Marsh store.
Betz-Hamilton earned a B.S. in agricultural economics and an M.S. in consumer sciences and retailing, both from Purdue University. She also earned a Ph.D. in human development and family studies from Iowa State University and a graduate certificate in family financial planning from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Currently, she is an assistant professor of consumer affairs at South Dakota State University. She and her husband, Robert, have six cats.