Additional New Publications by Miantae
"Mary Fields's Road to Freedom"
A chapter in a recently newly-released compilation published by the University of Oklahoma Press: Black Cowboys in the American West, On the Range, on the Stage, Behind the Badge, edited by Bruce A. Glasrud and Michael N. Searles.
Miantae is currently expanding "Mary Fields's Road to Freedom" into a nonfiction chronicle that examines the life of Mary Fields, a great adjunct reference for Deliverance Mary Fields, First African American Woman Star Route Mail Carrier in the United States.
about Miantae Metcalf McConnell ...
Miantae was born and raised in California, spent childhood summers in Montana on her grandparent's farm. It was there her heart remained, in the wild open where she rode horseback, fished for trout and spent endless hours exploring a diverse natural landscape.
Years later she returned to claim Montana as her home of residence (not unlike her Montana homesteader ancestors) and continues to live there today.
A self-taught visual artist, graphic designer, copywriter, photographer and business owner, she returned to another of her longtime interests, creative writing, in 1999 and has pursued this path since then.
She discovered the thrill of investigative research in preparation of writing Deliverance Mary Fields, and plans to continue the pursuit. Other projects in the works are a children's book which she is currently illustrating, a coloring book featuring drawings from her textile design career, a YA adventure story and a memoir thriller.
Feature in Montana Newspaper
Recently, Miantae was interviewed by Lynette Hintze, Features Editor of the Daily Inter Lake, Kalispell, Montana. The title of the article is, "'It was a miracle she survived', Black woman's role in Montana history chronicled in new book".