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From the Author
Many years ago, I read a newspaper article about an upcoming parole hearing for a man who had raped, kidnapped and murdered a young girl in our community. Like Katy McKenna, the protagonist in my book, I was incensed that someone could ever be eligible for parole after committing such heinous crimes--let alone after only fifteen years.
In the ensuing years, the girl's mother had died and there were no other family members to speak for her at the parole hearing, so I decided I would speak for her. After researching the crime to ensure that there had been no miscarriage of justice, I started a petition and gathered thousands of signatures.
When it was time for the parole hearing, I wanted to attend, but the District Attorney told me it was too dangerous. He did not want this man to know my identity.
Years later, when I finally sat down to write a story loosely based on my experience, I knew that I wanted my protagonist to be fun and quirky because I plan to spend a lot of time with Katy in upcoming books.
But I had no idea that the criminals would turn out as they did--that's one of the weird phenomenons of writing--characters tend to take on a life of their own and the writer tags along.
According to everyone I interviewed at the time of my petition, the real criminal had no redeeming qualities what-so-ever.
I am happy to say that he is still in prison all these years later.
Pamela Frost Dennis