John grew up in Kansas and Colorado and holds a degree in English Literature from the University of Northern Colorado, where he wrote a column for the weekly campus paper and was editor-in-chief, for two years, of the campus literary magazine NOVA. He also holds a Master of Divinity degree from Nashotah House in Wisconsin.
In addition to writing, he has enjoyed a diverse career as a police detective, emergency medical technician, coroner’s investigator, social worker, community corrections supervisor, and parish priest and pastor.
In his "spare" time he has worked as the dramatic director for several community and children’s theaters in Colorado, Wisconsin, and Illinois, doing both dramatic and technical direction.
The father of three adult children, he lives with his wife, Candice, in Eastern Iowa.
John is the owner of DeerVale Publishing. He can be reached by email at DeerVale@mtco.com
K. W. Newens grew up in southeastern Colorado, where he spent nearly all his time, outside of school, working for and with his two uncles, farming and feeding cattle. His father, a Navy veteran, worked for the Department of the Army. His father’s service memories, coupled with travel-ling to veteran-related reunions and meetings, sparked K. W.’s lifelong interest in military history and hardware.
He graduated from Colorado State University as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and returned to southeastern Colorado to practice mostly large animal medicine. A small-scale stockman and animal lover, he has had to feed at least one animal (and sometimes dozens) of some kind every day of his life from age six on.
The odd man out in his family, his wife, daughter, and son are all teachers. Both he and his wife are enthusiastic trout fishers, and spend as much time on the waters of Colorado as they can.
K. W. can be reached through the publisher at DeerVale@mtco.com