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My Creative Non Fiction Trilogy Times Two

by Lillianne, over 2 years ago

I have published Independently under the Publishers name of Grassroots Publishing, two trilogies and a separate Historical Novel all about Canadian Adventures in the early days of Canadian/Albertan History. I call it Creative Non-Fiction because they are all true stories that actually took place in Canada/Alberta with the same names, places and time era.

It's called creative non-fiction because I have added the story with it to bring the characters to life, so that you can know them, understand them, feel, see and hear their conversation. But that is why I have had to label the stories 'Novels' even though many of them have been taken from their memoirs with embellishment and voice. But since there is no category in the libraries called Creative Non-Fiction they will be lumped together with the rest of the Novels.

The first is Called "The Gentle Gamblers", based on my family and their memoirs. It is a story lovingly re-created of a family who came West to the prairies in the Early 1900s where their family grew to 6. In the next book of the trilogy "The Tender Years" the family, after losing one child to Influenza at the end of the First World War,loaded everything they had on a railway boxcar and headed to Northern Alberta where their family grew to twelve and then lost one more child. Living from rented home to rented home in the Northern bushland. They finally moved further north to a homestead of their own where two more children were added and they rode out the Dirty Thirties. It was called "A Full House" and many of the neighbours took advantage of a strong work force that moved into the neighbourhood. Seven strapping boys and six girls. They spread music and their strength. The series was dubbed "very much like the Little House on the Prairie on the North'. And several suggested that it would make a wonderful movie.

The next trilogy was another family story "Mewassin :the Good Land" which started in Scotland with the Highland Clearances that chased and burned their crofters from the land to make way for big business - sheep. One man, as a youngster joined the fur trade and came west up the river highway from York Factory on the Hudsons Bay to the end (or beginning of the rivers and set up a trading post at Rocky Mt House in Alberta. This was at the end of the fur trade when it was winding down and men were looking to settle down in the West and choosing Metis partners who would open their minds and their hearts.

Another man at the same time who would soon be related, stowed away aboard a ship in France and followed the missionaries West. These men would soon meet Lois Riel, a young Catholic boy searching for adventure, and Louis Riel, who became a member of the Canadian Government and worked fearlessly to gain respect for the Metis people and a fair treatment and was hung for his compassion.

The next book in that trilogy was called "Gandy Dancer" when the Railway led the next wave of settlers to the West. The gandy dancers were the workers of the railroad and soon one particular gandy dancer, in the next generation from "Mewassin: the Good Land" like many other settlers found a homestead raise his children through the hard times in the 20s and 30s in Alberta to the wartime where this same gandy dancer joined the army. The good times in the west arose from these enterprising men and women, the baby boomer generation who boosted the economy bringing about boom towns and amazing progress. The memoir of one funny man from this generation traces the progress in a new mobility in "I Kept Falling in the Sink".

One other book not belonging to the trilogies but tracing another family from Wisconsin to Alberta and building a homestead on The Government Trail with a ferry service across the Pembina River to the forests and lumbering of the northwest tells the story of "Cougar's Crossing." This is another story- true to life, and bringing to life characters whose amazing tales would prove that truth os often stranger and more exciting than fiction. Cougar was the pioneer's name and his story of hard living and his family's attempt to cope with the life in the new land would be told and re-told for generations.

All of these stories should be preserved for future generations in documentaries or, film. They are now in books and some in audios but they need to be better known and start a wave of Real Adventure in the Canadian West.

Lillian Ross

Author/Publisher of Historical Novels

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