Hello everyone. I am new to the forum and was referred here by a respected author. I have never written a book before, but I am currently in the process of trying my hand at a book about 1850's gangsters. While most history books tend to speak of the gangster era starting with the prohibition days, this book is going to take it back 100 years earlier.
There was a quite extensive criminal network of horse thieves, counterfeiters, and robbers, who operated in Canada, New York, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and eventually branched out to Illinois and Iowa. They were connected in all of the ways the 1930's gangsters were connected, except I can find very little evidence of one group fighting another. They even had the political influence to receive on Presidential pardons and three pardons from Governors of two different states.
Admittedly, several chapters will also be about a relative of mine, who was an admitted horse thief. He was arrested and hung by the neck in 1858.
I have a background in Criminal Justice. I have a four year degree in Justice administration, worked for 10 years for uniformed law enforcement in two states and three years in uniformed federal law enforcement. I actually finding my background makes it slightly difficult in book writing. I have grown used to writing specific fact reports, while book writing requires more 'flowery' words that I am not used to using.
I am interested from hearing everyone as to the topic itself, suggestions on how to make the book work, and anything you would like to see in the book. I am kept my expectations low on this project as I'm a 'newbie' but I still want to give it my best shot.