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John Evans is a published author with a special interest in Mark Twain. In 1993, University Press of America published his first book, A Tom Sawyer Companion, which draws a parallel between The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Twain’s personal adventures as a boy. He has also written personal essays and articles. “Getting the Bugs out of Tom Sawyer,” a humorous look at an entomologist obsessed with insects mentioned by Twain, was published in McGraw Hill’s 2000 edition of Tom Sawyer. He has also reviewed books for the Mark Twain Forum, an on-line website consisting primarily of Twain scholars who share an interest in Twain’s life and writing. In 2006, John retired from teaching and has turned his energies to writing fiction. In 2003, his first novel The Cut was published by Beachhouse Books to favorable reviews. He has just completed writing a second novel, A Dead Issue, which was released by Sunbury Press in July of 2013. John has been an active member of the Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group since 1994 and has served on the board as Member Representative (2003-2006), vice president (2006-2007), president (2007-2008), and Author Advocacy Chair (2008-2013). He is also an active member of International Thriller Writers and the founder of the Pennsylvania Authors Network. He lives in Bangor, Pennsylvania with his wife, daughter, and things that go bump in the night.