words. ideas. stories.

(and a lot of caffeine)


About Dylan

William Dylan Powell is a Houston-based writer. With 20 years of professional writing experience, his creative interests and projects range from mystery fiction to books about Texas to the everyday writing people need to get on with their business and life. 


Commercial writing

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powell's commercial writing has made businesses nationwide millionS 

One of the leading commercial writers in Texas, Powell has contributed creative concepts and copywriting expertise to some of the nation’s leading Fortune 500 corporations. He has a career focus on specifically helping energy, industrial and technology clients. His past clients have included Halliburton, Schlumberger, Weatherford, Engie (formerly GDF SUEZ) and Apache Corporation. Learn more about his commercial work



books about texas

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texas: a big place with big stories

Powell has written six books about Texas and Texas history, including his latest three non-fiction works Lost HoustonTexas Then & Now and 100 Things to Do in Houston Before You Die. “I like writing about Texas because it’s a big place culturally as well as geographically,” he says. “From the Big Bend to the streets of Houston, everyone has a story.” Check out his books about Texas.  


crime & mystery


once upon a crime in texas

Powell also writes dark, and sometimes funny, crime stories set in Texas. His short fiction regularly appears in publications including Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine and other endeavors dedicated to the darkness of mankind. He's also the author of the true crime book Untimely Demise, as well as the editor of the Lone Star Lineup blog. Learn more about Powell's fiction work.