Biography for Urbane Chaos (Oklahoma Traveler)
I have worked as a freelance writer since 2002. Before making a career out of writing, I spent several years in both the construction field and as an I.T. specialist.
I became interested in history while living in Naples, Florida. During that time, the city was working on revitalization efforts to help improve the historic downtown area. While on a construction job downtown, I developed close ties with the business owner, who was working on the revitalization project. Through him, I got heavily involved in the historical research efforts that was taking place. Since then, history has always fascinated me.
In 2002, I started writing part-time. After moving to Oklahoma in 2003, I left the cooperate world of 8-5 workdays and set out to make a career out of writing. I began as a ghostwriter working on small projects that barely paid the bills. Most of my time was spent mainly working on technical projects and business writing, but my true passion lie in writing about history.
After struggling with with this for many years, in 2009, I began writing historic articles and tourism articles about Oklahoma. While I still take on many freelance jobs, my main focus now is on writing about Oklahoma.
It is as they say: I love being a writer, I just can't stand the paperwork.
Currently, I am in the process of writing a book about the early history of Poteau, Oklahoma. This book, once completed, will cover the period from 1875 through 1929.
For over two years, we have been gathering research on this small town in southeast Oklahoma. This research project began with a simple request for genealogy research. While doing the research, I became fascinated with the town. As the research began to take over my office, I soon realized that it all needed to be organized and put into a book.
With the help of a couple long-time residents of Poteau, work began on the book in March, 2011. We are looking to have the rough draft completed by early next year, and have it published soon after.