Frank Billingsley: Swabbed and Found

Texas book editor

Author and weatherman —                          Frank Billingsley

The One and Only Frank Billingsley

I’m fortunate to work in the world of words and provide book editing services to wonderful authors like Frank Billingsley. He’s my favorite television meteorologist at KPRC in Houston.

I’m a Texas book editor and Frank lives in Houston, but he heard about me through a media maven in California. Through this long distance recommendation came a book editing project like no other. Frank wrote a tale that was 1.) a genealogical adventure, and 2.) a scientific DNA primer. Swabbed & Found: An Adopted Man’s DNA Journey to Discover His Family Tree was the result—a helpful book for anyone seeking adoptive parents.

As I edited Frank’s manuscript, I found myself cheering as this beloved weatherman defeated the closed adoption barriers and discovered his biological family!

 About the Author

Frank Billingsley has been a Houston, Texas television weatherman for almost 30 years, serving as Chief Meteorologist for KPRC Channel 2 (NBC) since 1995. Born in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1960, Billingsley was adopted and raised in Mountain Brook, Alabama. He received his Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Washington and Lee University and a certificate of broadcast meteorology from Mississippi State. He began his TV career in 1982 as a meteorologist in Virginia, then to Mississippi, and eventually Texas.

Frank always wondered if he got his personality, his bright blue eyes, or his love of people from his biological mother or his father. But he was adopted, so he never knew. Swabbed & Found is the fascinating story of how he combined cutting-edge DNA tests and genealogical programs in combination with his investigative skills to put the pieces of his family tree in order. Along the way he discovered that people are not always who they seem, or even who they think they are. Each time he would think that he had come to a dead end, he found himself helped by a new friend or a newly discovered relative, until finally, he was able to find the family he had wondered about for his whole life.

The science of genealogy is booming, and in his typical open fashion Billingsley puts a human face on it. His story shows that who we are is not necessarily who gave us our eye color, but who we love. Knowing our genealogical background is important, but wielding that information with care and compassion is a vital part of this new science.

Do You Need a Texas Book Editor?

Frank could have chosen anyone in the nation to edit his book, but he chose me, a Texas book editor who happened to be a fan. The rest is history and happy endings. What a useful book for anyone in search of unknown relatives on a family tree.

I edit and ghostwrite books for clients in Texas, throughout the United States, in Canada, and also Australia. Read more about book editing here, here and here.

Questions? Let me know how I can help! Contact melanie@melaniesaxtonmedia.com.

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