A native of New Mexico, Taos is Ron's chosen home. He rose to national fame as owner of the Club Cafe on Route 66 in Santa Rosa, where he shinned shoes as a boy, worked as bus boy, dishwasher, cook and grew up to own it. While serving up the best chili, sourdough biscuits and gravy along the Mother Road, he offered a free side dish of road stories to all who were lured in by the Fat Man billboards. There he rode the Route66 nostalgic craze where he was featured on national TV, newspapers, magazines, radio and books. When corporate fast food hit the local freeway, he was forced to close. Disillusioned, depressed and displaced, he wandered New Mexico until he landed in the mountains above Taos where his depleted spirit was revived. Reconnecting with the land and himself, he rose from the ashes like a beautiful Phoenix: brilliant, bold and flying high again.
Many of his works are set in and around Taos, and he says the town and the mountains played a major role in his healing and writing inspiration. "Resting Place of Tears" explores the sad truth of the white crosses planted by family and friends along the roads for their too soon departed loved ones. "Time in the Trees" acknowledges the dual power of this land to destroy and to heal. "Seeking the Light" portrays the Taos Spirit as a journey that resonates with the Taos landscape but originates within. "Cry Hope" is a desperate dark-night-of-the-soul plea to be able to laugh again. "The Loneliest Road" is a light-hearted departure from the intensity of Chavez's journey. At the end of the book, you are grateful to be released from the emotion of the experience, but by the next day, you can hardly wait for his next book.