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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… Read More


Beginning October 8, 2018 Sidney St. James will be offering his novel, Sam Bass – A Dead Man’s Hand with Aces and Eights, free on Kindle at Amazon.com. Please be kind enough to come back after reading and leave a review. This is the first novel in the Texas Outlaw Series offered by this prolific author. Oh, and yes, if you share this post on social media, it would be greatly appreciated…. Read More


Creative Nonfiction – Putting the Pieces Together Like Studying Genealogy MARY ELIZABETH SURRATT (Free on Kindle April 16-21, 2018) Before launching my two dozen or so novels, many of which are written as creative nonfiction, I became a professional genealogist. One of the most critical aspects of this field is putting pieces of a puzzle together. To do that, I actually pretended I was one of the family members, be it male… Read More


The ROSE of Brays Bayou by Sidney St. James Available for FREE on Kindle For the next five days, The ROSE of Brays Bayou is being offered for free on Kindle at Amazon.com honoring our Texas Independence on April 21, 1836, from Mexico. The rush to the Louisiana border was known to the Texans as the Runaway Scrape, the Great Runaway or the Sabine Shoot. Whatever one calls it, the wild exodus… Read More


GOD BLESS TEXAS WOMEN – THE RUNAWAY SCRAPE Yesterday was March 13, 2018, and a little more than 100 years since Dilue Rose Harris in her later years wrote her memoirs in the upstairs bedroom of my home at 100 West Stockbridge in Eagle Lake, Texas. This day goes down in history as the first day of the Runaway Scrape in 1836. In 2005, after a complete restoration of the home, an… Read More