Old Retired Guy

Jim (Old Retired Guy)

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Jim and The Miss Molly

I’m a retired civil/structural engineer (think Victoria Barge Canal, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Owen Stadium in Norman, Terminals A, B, C and the International Arrivals Building at George Bush Intercontinental in Houston, and so on).

So, Mr. Engineer, what led you to writing? Long story short, even while working on engineering projects around the world I always dreamed of being a writer. My big chance to do that came when I retired from engineering. I took creative writing classes at Rice Institute’s School of Continuing Education, joined the Houston Writers Guild, and managed to be under contract to the Houston Chronicle for several years for short stories for their Sunday supplement Texas Magazine.  Along the way I won several awards for my writing.

I currently write the Victoria Preservation, Inc.’s ‘Vanished from Victoria’ series that is in the Victoria Advocate on the third Sunday of every month.

And in between fishing trips and other diversions, I’ve published an historical fiction novel, set in the American south during the Great Depression. My story, called Never Cry Again, about the adventures of a rural boy named Drew, who at age 10 is abandoned and lost.

At the present time I’m working on a sequel to Never Cry Again. The working title of the sequel is Never Give Up and it follows Drew and his mixed-race family through the turbulent 1960s.

Welcome to my Blog!

Jim Cole