WHY DO I WRITE CREATIVE NONFICTION?

How many of us have struggled during our childhood through the date-pocketed course of history, uninterested, disenchanted, and just waiting only for the end of the cobwebbed test of time.  We find, in our later years in life, that history is actually the most fascinating and stimulating of all areas of knowledge. The number must be countless.

Why this unfortunate paradox? Did history change? No, what changed is the presentation and the emphasis.  In my case, the creative nonfiction genre is something that adds the sense of feel and touch to the history.

When sitting down in class or in a library somewhere, however important the dates, places or the names of people may be to an expert understanding of history, they are not history, but merely the checkpoints and framework of history. This is comparable to an outline that an author might use to prepare for a new novel he or she might be writing.

Why do I write creative historical nonfiction? John Wilkes Booth, Mary Elizabeth Surratt, The Runaway Scrape, In the Eye of the Storm, Faith – Seventy Times Seven and others. History is people – real people, with blood and bones, loves and hates, weaknesses, strengths, and passions. History is joys and sorrows, successes and failures, heartbreaks and the warmest of ecstasies. History is the tension and the pressure of opposing forces, both in and out of balance. History is power, the exercise of power, and, yes, the vacuum of power, too.

This interpretation of history in such human terms has created an entirely new genre, creative nonfiction. Great opportunities and needs for those skilled, sensitive, and tireless investigative writers whose training and expertise of adding emotion to the past inclines an expansion to history, a sought-out venture by literary writers much like myself.

My first five books have been primarily genealogy books. To do research into characters’ lives, I needed to step back and put myself in their shoes. Although my text in earlier written history books is accurate, they lack any sense of feeling and emotion. As I mentioned earlier, they are only checkpoints or, in other words, a framework of history.

My creative nonfiction novels are factually accurate and written with attention to literary style. My extensive research led me into animated descriptions at my desk and emotional outpours to arrive at the truth through shaping the information, molding the narrative so that it reads like fiction.


 

New Release


Hello Everyone.

Let me first say that my newest release has nothing to do with the original Frankenstein novel released on New Year’s Day in 1818, exactly two hundred years ago. However, that novel by Mary Shelley, has a lot to do with my newest release, FRANKENSTEIN – The Curse of Knight’s Island. This is a romance mystery and suspense novel. My two nieces from Melbourne and Sydney, Australia made the final decision on the cover for this novel, see below.

Frankenstein – The Curse of Knight’s Island is a romantic novel with lots of twists and turns. The one thing we learn from this novel is what happens when a man messes around on his wife, even if it was over four hundred years ago. God forbid!

It begins with Professor William Knight, a two-time Nobel Prize Winner in Physics from an earlier novel, Rosenthall. Follow him as he dictates to his daughter what she must do to try and break the Knight Family Curse.

Excerpts from the novel include the three curses.

 

THE FIRST CURSE

The woman began to laugh devilishly under her breath and said, “When one spends the three years on this Island, or the two, unneglected, unslighted, and never regretting having come, I forgive you to the extent of my very first curse.”

“But that will never ever be! Never!”

“It might never be. But, by your own words, you said my daughter was happy here. Was it that you were lying to her? She is dead. And my little one lived here three years or two, almost three.”

 

THE SECOND CURSE

The man fell to his knees beside his dead wife. He was stricken with terror. He looked up at the woman and continued, “What about the second curse?”

“Do you think that time may find a way out of two? You are more of a fool than I thought. Listen again, ‘When the first marriage is loveless on both sides and unselfish on both sides, may that be the last marriage on which the second curse falls!”

The man was at the end of his rope. He was at a loss of words. There were none more he could find. What could he say? Not once did it ever occur to him to deny her power and defy her malice.

 

THE THIRD CURSE

After a long pause, while the man buried his head in the palms of his hands, the woman had one last thing she wanted to add.

“When a person of my blood would share the Knight’s fate again or when someone wronged by a Knight forgives the injury to the benefit of the child of the wrong-doer –.” She stopped to tickle the baby under the chin to help stop it’s crying. “When someone loves life willingly gives it for a Knight in peril, gives it without thought of other glory or reward than the thanks of a Knight, let the third curse go away.”

 

Some reviews of the proof before release got high marks from Johnathan B. and Anna Deane M.

  • The Curse of Knight’s Island is a profound story that goes beyond the usual and goes beyond the extraordinary. Without a glitch, it weaves intrigue, suspense, torment, and romance into a well-crafted masterpiece that holds you and never lets you go. This is a novel that grabs your attention, draws you in and will have you turning the pages until the wee hours of the morning. — Jonathan B.
  • It has been quite a while since I enjoyed reading such an entertaining romance novel that has great suspense and well-written romance throughout the pages. I found the story-line and plot fascinating with intriguing details. The characters are exciting and engaging with real emotional feelings. — Anna Deanne M.

Remember: People place curses because they themselves are angry! The are missing out on personal power of their own and believe they can make themselves stronger by hurting another. The dead woman’s mother had self-esteem that was non-existent. Her life was empty and bleak. Her curse was powerful, lasting for well over 400 years.


New Release of Volume 2 in the Gideon Detective Series

James takes an age old skill of his as a Professional Genealogist and puts it to work in the last Chapter of the Gideon Detective Series. This is Volume 2 just in time for the Christmas Holidays.

The author understands that it can get confusing sometimes. One would have to search their own family history to understand. Who was the Aunt, or who was the Uncle and who had children and who didn’t. All the confusion on putting the pieces of the puzzle together for the McElroy Family comes to a great climatic ending to the series in this novel.

The author, as he always does, likes to put a twist on his ending novel in a series… and what a twist it is!!! Indeed. Many of the characters in the first novel are portrayed in this one.

There was only one case out of hundreds of cold cases that Vincent James Gideon never wholly solved, Rosenthall. (Read about in Book 1 of the Gideon Detective Series.)

Watching her take a sip, it took the assassin every urge not to swat the glass away, but he knew it was the only way to save his life. He stared at the beautiful woman and wondered how long it would take to go into effect. He questioned how much time it would be before she became dizzy and forgot where she was.

Everything seemed to switch into slow motion. For a moment, the killer doubted himself and wondered if, in fact, he poisoned the wrong glass? Guilt began to creep into his gut. It took all his strength to withhold the tears that started to glisten in his eyes. Why?

She began to cough and cough. The wine glass fell to the side, and her body collapsed to the floor. The assassin wasted no time. With an ivory handled dagger, he stuck the Ace of Spades across the point of the blade and pierced her in the chest. From the many trunks in the hallway packed for a long journey, he placed her body inside the largest one available.

Then, he called on a deaf-mute to carry the trunk to an unknown destination. But, the blundering detectives assigned to the case get all the facts twisted, and the wrong man has been accused, one known as Billy Bob Tanner, Gideon’s son.

Vincent James Gideon, the famed detective who went into retirement eight years earlier tried to avoid the case when the Black Rock Cove Police Department requested his services. He recommended his sidekick of many years, Bridget Flynn to take it over. One thing after another happened to where he was forced out of retirement. Then, he was blamed for the murder of not just the woman, but a reputable pharmacist downtown on Pacific Avenue.

This is Volume 2 in Book 6 of the final chapter in this long-running detective series. For more details and to follow Sidney St. James’ blog, visit the author’s page at www.sidneystjames.com or follow the author on Instagram at Sidneyst.james.


Release date for James’ next novel is October 12, 2018 from BeeBop Publishing Group. Vincent Gideon, a famed detective who got his first real start in the private eye business in Rosenthall, Book 1 in the series brings to a close his long running career in The Case of the Ace of Spades.

There was only one case out of hundreds of cold cases that Vincent James Gideon never wholly solved, Rosenthall. (Read about in Book 1 of the Gideon Detective Series.)

Watching her take a sip, it took the assassin every urge not to swat the glass away, but he knew it was the only way to save his life. He stared at the beautiful woman and wondered how long it would take to go into effect. He questioned how much time it would be before she became dizzy and forgot where she was.

Everything seemed to switch into slow motion. For a moment, the killer doubted himself and wondered if, in fact, he poisoned the wrong glass? Guilt began to creep into his gut. It took all his strength to withhold the tears that started to glisten in his eyes. Why?

She began to cough and cough. The wine glass fell to the side, and her body collapsed to the floor. The assassin wasted no time. With an ivory handled dagger, he stuck the Ace of Spades across the point of the blade and pierced her in the chest. From the many trunks in the hallway packed for a long journey, he placed her body inside the largest one available.

Then, he called on a deaf-mute to carry the trunk to an unknown destination. But, the blundering detectives assigned to the case get all the facts twisted, and the wrong man has been accused.

Vincent James Gideon, the famed detective who went into retirement eight years earlier tried to avoid the case when the Black Rock Cove Police Department requested his services. One thing after another happened to where he was forced out of retirement. Then, he was blamed for the murder of not just the woman, but a reputable pharmacist downtown on Pacific Avenue.

This is Volume 1 in Book 4 of the final chapter in this long-running detective series. Volume 2 and Book 5 is due to be released in December 2018. For more details and to follow Sidney St. James’ blog, visit the author’s page at http://www.sidneystjames.com.

 

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