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I was born in 1948 in what, in those very different days, was termed an upper middle class family, in Kankakee, Illinois. I came home from the hospital with the proverbial silver spoon at times literally in my mouth. I grew up on a stunningly beautiful four acre plot, in part heavily wooded, with a large two story house to explore. I was smart enough that I never had to work very hard in the lower grades of school, and as a result treated the subjects I later didn't care for with little respect (or diligence). It took a long time for me to realize that things that matter can frequently demand a lot of work from you, if you want to get them right. I rather unimpressively attended Southern Illinois University, graduating in philosophy with equivalent hours in psychology. While working at almost every unimportant and unimaginative job imaginable, I always remembered my early dream to write. I got a job as sports editor for a small weekly newspaper, The Mountain Sun, in Kerrville, Texas, and was suddenly working full time as a writer/editor. In addition, I performed a short stint there as acting news editor. My time at the newspaper was instrumental in honing some skills that were weak, and I was fortunate enough to be working in that newsroom at the time of the 9-11 attacks. If you think that morning was an electric one to experience, you should have been in a newsroom at the time, with that story unfolding as the newspaper's deadline approached.

 

Birth Place
Kankakee, IL USA
Accomplishments

For a while I edited a column for the Writers' League of Texas newsletter, which went by a variety of names. And for the better part of two years I was a Contributing Editor, writing for a Website on collector cars. Some of those articles were quite rewarding to write.

I have been fairly fortunate in the areas of competitions and awards. I won first place in the Winning Beginnings Contest, a competition for the best first 300 words of a story, on an Internet site dedicated to writing. I felt quite honored. And I had great luck with an inspirational creative nonfiction piece called "The Courage of John Bankston." It was awarded a finalist in the Adams Media Inspiring True Story Contest, 2001. The story was later published in one of an inspirational series of books, A Cup of Comfort for Courage, edited by Colleen Sell. Later still, the story sold yet again to Boss Magazine.

Another highlight was an ebook introduction I wrote for the Barnes and Noble World Digital Library (which no longer exists). It was rewarding, while it lasted, because I was one of very few introduction writers in possession of only a B.A. degree. When they discontinued the program, the ebooks all vanished, "poof!"

Additional Information

Back in the year 2000 when MovieThing.com was a viable Website, they used to publish film reviews. I wrote one for them that September that won a prize as the best review of the week. It was a surprisingly generous monetary prize to be spent at one of the major book vendors on the Internet. I used most of the prize to buy my own copy of the AP Stylebook, which was handy to have since I was then working on contract for a newspaper, doing the bulk of my story writing at home. I am currently (2009) working to complete what amounts to the project of my lifetime. It is a manuscript I am editing, which is the life story of my g-g-grandfather, who went to the California Gold Rush. It is a great story, further illuminated by the research I have been conducting. The darned thing sat on dusty shelves in my family for 100 years before one of us had the audacity to actually get up off his butt and do something with it. When the non-fiction manuscript is ready for publication, I intend to write a novel based on the story.

Contact Information

P.O.Box 796 
Ingram TX 78025-0796   USA
Contact Author: Dan Cooper
Favorite Links

Vintage and Classic Cars -- an archived site
I had a lot of fun writing these until the Website fired all its Writers in violation of the site's own contracts.

another writing Website
A brief mixture of topics and genres.

The Classic Automobile
A site that has been in the planning stages forever. I have two major additions to my work previously published at the Suite101 site, all of which will be transferred and updated here. The two new major works are the Concise dictionary of collector car model designations, and the Concise dictionary of driving-related terms.




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