J. Wayne Bevers (Jessica Palmer Photo)
J. Wayne Bevers is a interesting man with an unusual name. He says he has no first name, stating that it is just “J.” Known as Wayne or J.W., Bevers was born and raised in Roswell. His family settled here in the 1940s and have held several successful business. He and his wife, Penny, continue that tradition with Bevers Realty and their own private investigations firm.
“I, like many, made it through high school and then got out of town,” he said. Bevers lived all over Texas during the years he was gone, but eventually he decided it was time to come home in 1990. While in Texas, he worked in the oilfield and in wireline service industry for Vann Tool Company. Bevers boasts a diverse background. He made a career switch to safety and served as safety officer for several different trucking firms.
These skills he brought back with him to Roswell. He uses them as a private investigator.
Bevers says he has done some crime investigation. He also investigates insurance claims and works as a claims adjustor. He specializes in the oil and gas and trucking industries. He also does investigations for law firms. “I get a lot of heavy equipment claims.”
As an investigator, he works all over New Mexico. Licensing in New Mexico isn’t easy. First, the person must get 6,000 hours experience within five years and pass an examination. His wife is also a licensed private investigator.
His investigations lead to writing. Bevers just had his first book, “Veil of Trust,” released by Tate Publishing of Oklahoma. He calls it a mystery and a romance novel, and he is working on a sequel. “I like fiction. I like writing about southeast New Mexico. I want to show New Mexico in a good light. We have a rich Hispanic heritage and such cultural diversity here.”
His book reflects his interests. “The Veil of Trust” is set in New Mexico against the backdrop of the oil industry. The book starts in the 1940s, in the preface, and then switches to present day in the first chapter. A portion of the action takes place at Roswell’s UFO Festival. Bevers loves cats, and his main character Chap (pronounced Shap from Chaparral) has a cat called Ninja.
Bevers would also like to write a series for children. “Once I get the timeline right, I can write pretty fast.” Although he admits he doesn’t write his books with pen and paper or even computer, he puts his words on a Dictaphone and his wife transcribes them.
The two work as a team. Both husband and wife are realtors. Penny acts as his agent, his manager, his organizer, occasional typist and biggest fan. “She’s also my best friend,” Bevers said.
He is working on a screen treatment for “Veil of Trust.” “I like to alternate between characters and scenes, compartmentalizing them. It’s important to keep the timeline straight. The problem comes if things get out of sequence.”
He has numerous ideas for books. Bevers plans to write a series of books for young people, based in southeast New Mexico, something like The Hardy Boys. “My problem is finding time to write.”
He confesses some trepidation in writing. “My name is on that book, if they don’t like that book, it’s me.” So far, though, the response has been good. He has received fan e-mail from far-flung places, like Ireland and Afghanistan.
Bevers also writes music. “I’ve written 17 songs since January.” He just released a CD, “The Silent Place.” “I want to write songs that touch people’s hearts and give them hope.”
He likens his style to Neil Young or Neil Diamond. “All my songs carry some kind of message. Life is a song. Live life for today. Give what you can today.”
Penny pointed out that her husband has a five-octave range. “Music is the universal language. Young and old, it touches the heart. He heals the wounded heart. He is changing lives through his music.”
Bevers wants to add a positive note and inspiration to others. “If I change their focus, I’ve changed their lives. I don’t want it, when you leave, to be a waste of time, either with my music or my writing.”
He also takes his show on the road. Bevers performs the three weeks before Christmas at every retirement home in Roswell. He refers to the old and the disabled as the “forgotten ones.” He also performs at churches. “It seems the elders get the most depressed around Christmas time because of the one lost. I want to bring them hope.”
He and Penny share an interest in karate. He is a second-degree black belt. His wife Penny is a first-degree black belt. The difference in degrees deals with the number of weapons the person has mastered. Between the two of them, they have won 13 national and seven world championship titles. He taught karate, but he says: “I did not teach people to fight. I taught them how not to fight.”
Despite his numerous interests, his heart belongs to singing and writing; wife, Penny; and their special-needs daughter. “He has biggest heart,” explained Penny. “We’ve been married five years and he’s adopted her. …She’s 29, but she wasn’t not going to be a ‘Bevers,’ too.”
He finds strength in their support. “As a musician and an artist, you don’t understand how fragile you can be,” Bevers said.