Jon Hovis is a writer of Western fiction and an associate member of the Western Writers of America, an organization which promotes the literature and authors of the American West. Jon has written two self-published books, The Feather Gang, and The Preacher, both featuring his protagonist Deputy U.S. Marshal Jake Silver. The Feather Gang is written as a traditional western story while The Preacher includes many historical facts although still a work of fiction. His third book, Silverton Gold, is newly released through Casa de Snapdragon Publishing, and features a Pinkerton Detective tracking down stolen gold and outlaws in the high country of western Colorado while showcasing the rich history of the area and mining life of the 1890’s.
Born and raised in Maryland, Jon grew up reading many genres of books including Westerns such as Louis L’Amour, and enjoying Western movies with stars such as John Wayne and Clint Eastwood. Moving to New Mexico as a young man, he now finds himself living in the west that he used to read about. Jon writes with a passion for the history and diversity of the Old West which is reflected in his books and personal life. Residing in the Southwest gives him inspiration for his stories with its diverse culture; from ancient Indian and pueblo societies, to the Spanish and Anglo influences, and a vast range of landscapes from the Rocky Mountains to the high deserts and wild river canyons.
Jon continues to live in New Mexico with his wife and daughter where he has worked in the semi-conductor industry, delivered mail for the postal service, and as a car salesman. Also a musician, he has played trumpet since his school days and now plays weekly in church and also sings in the choir. His many passions include hiking all over the American Southwest, exploring remote canyons, mineshafts, ghost towns and Indian ruins, caving and canoeing, and old steam trains. He still tries to find time to read and watch movies.