My dearest readers,
It is with a heavy heart that I write this blog post today. It’s something I never imagined having to write, but then again, I never imagined anything like this happening to me. Last night something happened that threw me for a loop and I still haven’t recovered from it. I could go into detail about how my accuser was one of my greatest heroes in life and how much I loved their work..how much I respected them and held them on a high pedestal above all other authors.….but I won’t. Instead I’m just going to put it on the table for you.
I have been accused of plagiarism and that is not an accusation any person should ever take lightly. This is not over an essay or a report. No, this is over a novel. This is over someone’s hours of blood, sweat, tears, and heartache to give readers a new magical world to delve in.
I can’t believe this has happened to me.
I suppose I should’ve realized something was going on when Guarding Abigail received its first bad review and it was nothing more than bashing me and my book. My alarms should’ve sounded given all of her other reviews were 4 or 5 stars, but I didn’t think anything of it.
But now it makes sense.
I –am- being attacked now. I –am- being bullied and you won’t see me run away and cry. I am going to stand up against this and I will not be victimized in a community that has grown so prone to it. Is it not big enough for all of us?
I am innocent. I will swear that on my sister’s grave if you need me to, but it should not be necessary. I could go into detail about how every vampire, werewolf, shifter, angel, demon, and whatever else book out there will always have similar elements and what have you….but I did not copy anything from anyone else’s hard work.
If there comes a day in which I must stoop so low as to steal an idea from somebody else, I will give up writing. If there comes a day when my brain is no longer capable of producing an original idea to give to my readers, I will give up writing.
But I will not give up today. That day is –not- today. I wasn’t even given a chance to defend myself. You didn’t talk to me. You didn’t approach me. You ran to your street team and then came to my page and dropped a bomb on me. People are attacking me because of it. That is not okay and will not be tolerated.
I love all indie authors and I support everybody. I respect everybody. I will not steal from another person. Anyone who does that doesn’t deserve to be called an author at all.
A cease and desist should happen very soon because this country gal knows lawyers too.
Thank you to everyone for your overwhelming show of support.