The other day I was disappointed to see that someone had left a one star review for “Captured by the Enemy.” I was even more disappointed to see that the person who left the review had only read a couple paragraphs before declaring that the book couldn’t be true because it read like a novel. He or she went on to boldly state that it was dishonest to label the book nonfiction. This has me shaking my head at so many levels.
Had the person taken the time to actually read the book, he or she would have realized that the book is clearly labeled as Creative Nonfiction. It is on the back of the book cover, in the Amazon description, and addressed in detail on the Author’s Note at the beginning of the book. What does this mean?
Creative Nonfiction means that creative elements, such as conversation and characters, have been added to help carry along the storyline. Therefore, it reads like a novel, but it is still 100% nonfiction. Every element in this book has been extensively researched and all of the stories are true. Since Amazon does not have a section for Creative Nonfiction, it is listed under nonfiction and history. There is absolutely nothing dishonest about this placement.
So for those who are wondering. Yes, this book is nonfiction. It is a true story. What gets better than reading a true story, full of history, but in the format of a novel? In my opinion–nothing. That’s why I wrote it that way. 🙂
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Crystal, If they knew you personally as I do, they would not doubt someone who has such integrity as you. It is reasonable to understand why they would think that because the world, generally speaking, does not have integrity anymore. I have my students check out fictional books to read for one of their ongoing assignments, a book log, which focuses on many of the elements of literature that are seldom included in a non-fiction book. Creative non-fiction really does describe your book. I would feel comfortable having my students check this book out, but I would also say it is one of the few non-fiction books I would recommend. ❤
Thank you, Sherry. ❤ I knew that not everyone would like it simply because people have different taste in books, and that's okay. However, in this review, I felt a bit cheated.