Haunted El Reno by Tanya McCoy and Whitney Wilson

The red brick walls of downtown El Reno have soaked up their fair share of history and sweated out an equal measure of ghosts. In this Creator Conversation, Tanya McCoy talks about the Haunted El Reno book she co-wrote with Whitney Wilson that catalogs the town’s spooky tales.

What got you interested in telling these stories about El Reno?

So, what got me interested in telling the stories of El Reno was the fact that I felt like the history wasn’t being told enough. We often talk about OKC or Guthrie, but El Reno seems to be overlooked. It has a vast history from the starting of the state and the Indian wars and relocations that had a strong connection to Fort Reno itself.

What was the greatest challenge you overcame in writing and researching Haunted El Reno?

The greatest challenge I feel most writers face is time. Most of us have fulltime jobs, families, and responsibilities that we have to see to first prior to dedicating time and money to research and writing. Most of us do not have the luxury of dedicating all of our time to writing. The second most common challenge is writer’s block. Oh, how we all hate writer’s block!

What are some of the biggest takeaways you wish readers would learn from the book?

I guest one of the most important things I would like for people to take away from reading my book is a love of history. I want people to be able to take a glimpse into the past and see El Reno, or any town I write about to see it for what it is, a great historical site that is still full of life.

Where are some great places to go in Oklahoma for inspiration?

Oklahoma has so many places you go to find inspiration. One of my most favorite place to go to meditate or try to relax and write is Sulphur. I love the hotel there and with Little Niagara right there it is a beautiful oasis to escape to when I don’t have a lot of free time to drive away.

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I'm Dennis Spielman, the Producer of Uncovering Oklahoma, which I started in 2009 as a way to show that Oklahoma isn't boring. As for about myself, I’m a creative person that writes imaginative stories. I also run The Show Starts Now Studios, which is my umbrella organization for all of my shows I create. Come join me on Patreon as I create content that adds adventure and wonder to peoples' lives. More about my stories and projects are at DennisSpielman.com