I’m a dyed-in-the-wool Austinite, having called this place home since I was two. I graduated from Anderson High School and have my degree in government and history from the University of Texas.
I’m a veteran writer of the tech boom and bust of the ’90s. I created everything from full-scale web sites, web-based help, traditional software and hardware user manuals, customer assessment/case studies, grant applications (state, federal, and private sector), articles and fact sheets, reports, end-user training guides, and product information guides.
I teamed up with end users, other writers, programmers, technical support, quality assurance, contractors, and marketing personnel on projects ranging from automotive inventory management to power company smokestack emissions to hardware caching controllers to an appliance repair database. Those were the days of the Wild West!
Later, I went on to enter the government sector in the area of cultural heritage. I led a highly successful effort to digitize the collections of the Texas State Archives, research the stories behind the collections, and captivate Texans with accurate, fun-to-read historical exhibits.
These days I keep busy creating marketing content for my clients. Lately I’m seeing a lot of interest in long-form content such as trade articles, business books, detailed case studies, and in-depth content for proposal responses, as well as newsletters and web copy.
When I’m not writing, editing, or researching for you, I’m often doing it for myself. Under the pen name Frances Hunter, I’m the co-author of two historical novels about Lewis & Clark. I’m proud to say that both were well-reviewed, and To the Ends of the Earth: The Last Journey of Lewis & Clark scored a “highly recommended” rating from Library Journal, won the Writers’ League of Texas Violet Crown Award and the Independent Publisher “IPPY” Book Award silver medal, and was a finalist for Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year. I am currently working on research for my next book.