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John W. Deaver was one of the original Metrofiction writers when the site was first created in the mid-aughts, and he passed away in 2006. Read his Chicago Tribune obituary here. This is his bio from the original Metrofiction site:

John W. Deaver began reading and writing stories at a very early age. He was an avid reader who wrote his first poem in the first grade. By the second grade, he wrote a weekly series of stories, which caught the attention of the teacher's husband who eagerly awaited each new installment in the story line. His fifth grade teacher put a curse on him, and he continues to struggle against its effects to this day.

John grew up in St. Louis County and attended Washington University in St. Louis where he majored in German Language and Literature. During his senior year in college he participated in an exchange program with the Universitaet Tuebingen in West Germany, and he taught German at UCLA as a graduate student.

He obtained his law degree at the Washington University School of Law and is a member of the Missouri Bar. He engaged in the general practice of law, and has worked in the insurance industry as a consultant for many years.

His interest in writing fiction became renewed after reading Jeffrey Deaver's novel The Coffin Dancer, and he remains a stalwart fan. John has written several dozen short stories and has completed his first thriller entitled Stormwater Hook. John and his wife now reside in the Chicago area.

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