Thursday, March 22, 2012

Final word on 'False Victim'

Which is only fitting since I'm getting ready to close this chapter on my life.

But I get this question every day of my life, no matter where I am.

'Whatever happened to the people in your first book,
 'False Victim'
(based on a true story)


I have really mixed emotions about posting this, but as I go across the country I am inundated with questions - even e-mails - wondering if there were any new developments after the book came out and what happened to 'Lynn'.

And because you have ALL been incredibly supportive, awesome and made the book such a hit, I am going to accomodate. 

But after next week....well, I'm not sayin' I'll never talk about it again (never say never, right?), but, I'd really rather not.

I will start with the bit-part players and work my way up. Here goes:

Janie: House was recently raided by DEA, arresting her and her son for drug possesion. She was released and not charged, I'm not sure what has happened to the son. If you go to BarnesandNoble.com you can see the two 1-star reviews she gave me. Oh well.
(Yes, I'm sure it's her. I read her Neighborhood watch newsletter every month for four years. I'd recognize that style anywhere.)

Donna: All really was forgiven. It's hard to 'forget'  someone not coming to your rescue when they really and truly held their life in your hands, but I try to live by what the Bible tells me and that is to forgive. I've seen Donna several times but she doesn't speak. Sadly, I think Donna could never forgive herself. She still lives in the old neighborhood.

Anne:  We never spoke again. Never. Not even in passing. Shortly after we moved her family put their house on the market and they moved to a community called South Riding in Loudon County, VA

Curtis (Lynn's son): Well, after painting the front of my house you'd think he'd be some sort of artist and maybe he is, but first he did a stint in drug rehab.

Hannah (Lynn's daughter): moved to Boston

Rick: still lives in the same house sans Lynn (more on her in a sec). Still in arrears on their HOA dues. I understand from a former HOA president that it is just a matter of time before Rick loses the house.

Lynn: She divorced Rick and moved to Massachusetts.

After 'False Victim' was released I talked with other victims of 'Lynn's'.

One of them was with her when she was in a Saks in Boston and Lynn was taken into custody for shoplifting. She said that Lynn proceeded to go home and tell friends and family that SHE had been shoplifting and that's why they were late for dinner.

Another told of being choked by Lynn and took two/three grown men to pull her off.

When I talked to the lady that lived in my house before me said that she actually saw Lynn pull up the property line stake in the back yard and move it, making Lynn's yard bigger and shaving a good 5 feet off what would soon be our property. She said nothing actually ever happened. She was afraid of Lynn and just stayed in the house and never went outside. FYI- if you'll remember the little girl with 'leukemia' that lived in our house prior to us in the book, in actuality she lived in another house in the neighborhood, and it was a 'heart condition', not cancer. (Confused yet?)

A police dispatcher was one of my real estate clients and she told me that there were times Lynn would call and they wouldn't even bother to come.

Last, but certainly not least, all the folks I've heard from after the book came out have told me that Lynn has done things like this her whole adult life.

I was in no way, shape or form her first victim.

For one of the last book clubs I did, as a surprise, I brought 3 major characters from the book and let my readers ask them anything they wanted. Even I found out some things that had gone on that I didn't know. Mainly about witnessing several times, Lynn following me, or pacing back/forth in front of my house when I was gone or asleep.

So, there you have it. If I've left anything out that you wanted to know and I didn't cover, ask in the comments section and check back later for my answer.

Or just simply leave a comment at all and you'll be added to the red boots giveaway.
(Are you tired of me talking about these boots, yet?)

Now, those of you that haven't read 'False Victim' are goin'
'what the heck is all this about?'

If you really wanna know, you can still get the book at any book store, Amazon, even your Kindle. Or you can order by clicking on 'books' above.

But now, I am really, really looking forward to Tuesday's release of my new novel, 'The Hillbilly Debutante Cafe' which, I promise you is much, much lighter and waaayyy more fun!

Til Next Time,

Kathie





15 comments:

Anonymous said...

It still hurts my heart to think of all you and your family went through, but I am so impressed with your faith and strength. I am SO happy for your successes, which prove that good really can triumph over evil. God bless you!
Trisha Hamilton

fGs said...

Well I am too excited about the new release! I think you're right and just out with the old and on with the new! Here's a hug!

I already signed up for the boots and hope they'll come to me cause after nearly 5 months I will be able to wear real shoes and boots will support my ankle ;).

Anonymous said...

I still shake my head in disgust at some people. Anywho, i LOVED your new book! I couldnt put it down and I loved all the characters! I loved the twists and cant wait for your next creation!!!!
Tara Parks

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randommusingslady said...

I'm looking forward to buying your book on Tuesday. : ) I'm ready for you to move on too Kath. Cannot WAIT for the whole Hillbilly Debutante Cafe series! I'll read anything you write actually because I know it will be good. Hope to see you this Summer, if I can swing it. Love u!!

Anonymous said...

You are lucky to have escaped from her alive!

Kathie, you had a little teaser awhile back about how you had lived in Europe for a few years in your 20s. I used to live in DC, now live in London and I'd love to hear the rest of your story!

Anonymous said...

Kathie, can't wait for the new release, as you know I am already a BIG fan! I'm all geared up for the PFI book signing, telling everyone I meet. Hope to see you soon. Patricia

Sheila said...

Well, I have ordered both of your books and can't wait to read them but will most certainly read "False Victim" first. This post about "whatever happened to" has piqued my curiosity. I have come across some crazy people but your stalker sounds pure-d-ole-evil.
I am enjoying your blog and look forward to your posts! I hope that you will come to Memphis or Nashville to promote your new book and I can come see you and get you to autograph my books!

LuLu Kellogg said...

Do you have any idea how proud I am of you and to be your friend?

I am beaming.

Love you Kathie!

LuLu~*xoxo

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megan said...

Well thank you for that Kathie. I read your book as soon as it came out and have waited to hear what happened to Lynn.
It is a testament to your fortitude and faith, that you literally pulled up your *boot straps* and not only survived but rose to greater achievments.
Looking forward to Hillbilly Cafe!

Doreen McGettigan said...

I am so behind on my reading. I have both of yours on my tbr list! Love, love the boots!

Becky said...

I am so proud of you for working through this part of your life and now closing it. It takes a big person to finally let it be. I know you have grown from the experience and it will always be with you, but you are doing well in stepping away from it. Kudos to you.

Anonymous said...

Kathie, you weren't her first victim, but, I daresay you were the strongest she chose to tangle with!!

Love you Cuz,
Vickie

Nezzy said...

Shine on sweet hillbilly sister, we are all so very proud of ya.

I fear I'd be lookin' over my shoulder all the time.

I was once physically attacked in a store we owned by a high school fella. 'Was pulled to the floor but I was able to pull the ringin' phone down from the wall, it was my accountant. I yelled Help I'm bein' assaulted and the guy ran.

Soooooo much less than you went through. Funny, I never talk about this.....sorry I dumped on you.

Yep, put it to bed and have fun with this book, 'cause it IS a great fun read my friend.

God bless ya girl!!! :o)