Nancy and John Stubblefield
Elizabeth Crook, a recipient of the prestigious Texas Writer Award, has lived most of her life in Texas, where the landscapes have served as both backdrop and muse for her writing. She has skillfully woven together narratives that interlace historical events and richly drawn characters, creating a tapestry of compelling storytelling. Crook's novels, such as "The Night Journal," which received the Spur Award from Western Writers of America; "Monday, Monday" a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year and recipient of the Jesse H. Jones Award for Fiction and "The Which Way Tree," currently in development for film, resonate with readers for their profound exploration of human resilience and the complexities of life's twists and turns. Her most recent novel, “The Madstone,” is both a riveting road novel and poignant love story. Set in reconstruction era Texas, it captures the tale of a pregnant mother, her child and the young man who helps them flee across Texas from violent outlaws. Marked by meticulous research and an innate ability to breathe life into her characters, Crook's writing continues to enchant and captivate audiences.
Awards: Spur Award for previous book, Willa Award for two previous books, Jesse H Jones Award for previous book, Texas Writer Award from The Texas Book Festival