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
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
Crossing the Trinity River Prairies Where Cold and Flooded Waters Caused Many Lives to be Lost – 1836 In my recently released creative non-fiction novel, The Rose of Bray’s Bayou, Dilue Rose Harris and thousands of other elderly men, women, and children rush across the “wilderness” trying to reach the Sabine River before Santa Anna and his army catch up to them and kill them all!
The Story of the Runaway Scrape as Told by Dilue Rose Harris in Her Memoirs Written at the Turn of the Century in the Struss-Smithson Home in Eagle Lake, Texas. To kick off a complete revision of my website incorporating many new 2nd editions, one of my favorites, The Yellow Rose has been refreshed with many points throughout with more exciting creative non-fiction style of narrative. The one subject matter that continued… Read More