More About the Author
Rex Ewing's diverse interests have led him from Colorado to Costa Rica to Alaska, working cattle and horses, mining gold, and formulating equine supplements. He now lives at the end of a bad dirt road in the Colorado Rockies with his wife LaVonne and two dogs. There he writes novels and non-fiction books from his hand-hewn log cabin powered by the sun and wind.
In his latest project, Rex turned his love of science into a suspenseful post-apocalyptic tale that one reviewer called, "The best-written book I have read in years." WINDS OF PURGATORY is set in Colorado where science and the supernatural collide in an attempt to bring oil--a maliciously destroyed, long-lost commodity--back to the world.
Rex Ewing was born and raised in the heart of northern Colorado's ranching country where he grew up in the company of mixed-blood horses, Charolais cattle, and the large herd of Corriedale sheep his father John imported from Australia. In addition to his time on the ranch, he spent four years at Colorado State University, two seasons mining placer gold in California and Alaska, and a couple of stints on his brother's cattle ranch in Costa Rica. He also lived for seven years in a crude mountain cabin, casting gold jewelry, hand hewing log cabins, and roofing houses whenever money was tight.
When his father suffered a heart attack in 1984, Rex returned to the ranch which, in the intervening years, had been transformed into a Thoroughbred breeding and training facility. For six years he managed the ranch and hay farming operations, and when John Ewing died in 1990 he took over the family's horse nutrition business. It was a serendipitous career move for Rex, for it was while in the role of businessman that he met the love of his life, LaVonne, a freelance graphic designer hoping to do design work for his company. She got the job, for life. Four years later they married and moved onto a small acreage where they raised hay, pastured a few horses and dreamed up a future together.
Rex penned his first published book in 1997, a small treatise on horse nutrition. BEYOND THE HAY DAYS: REFRESHINGLY SIMPLE HORSE NUTRITION quickly became popular with old hands and greenhorns alike.
A year later, with a half dozen solar panels, a few batteries and sundry equipment, Rex and LaVonne divested themselves of their flatland holdings, packed up their cat and two dogs, and moved into a rustic cabin Rex had built on his mountain property several years before. Small and charming but lacking most modern conveniences, the cabin became their home for the next two years while they transformed a truckload of dead trees into a cozy, off-grid log home.
Rex and LaVonne chronicled their log-building and off-grid experiences in LOGS, WIND & SUN, a down-to-earth book which became a bestseller within the log-home and renewable-energy communities. Rex followed up with POWER WITH NATURE, a book for off-gridders, and GOT SUN? GO SOLAR, a primer of grid-tied solar- and wind-electric systems which he wrote with friend and fellow writer, Doug Pratt.
HYDROGEN--HOT STUFF, COOL SCIENCE was Rex's first full-length foray into experimental writing. Employing an irascible wizard and a fanciful setting known as the Wasserstoff Farm, Rex embraced the difficult science of hydrogen energy in an imaginative tour de force that found quick acceptance with science teachers and Wall Street advisors alike.
The updated 2nd edition of Logs, Wind and Sun was released as CRAFTING LOG HOMES SOLAR STYLE; later editions of the other renewable energy titles have also been released, thanks to the popularity of green energy.