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June 16, 2005

Atlanta hostage to write book

From the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer:

Ashley Smith gained national fame for softening a suspected killer who held her captive in her own apartment by reading him a religious book.

Now Smith, who survived a seven-hour hostage ordeal with courthouse shooting suspect Brian Nichols, is trying her own hand at writing.

Her upcoming book, "Unlikely Angel: The Untold Story of the Atlanta Hostage Hero," promises new details of how Smith persuaded Nichols to let her go unharmed.

The financial details were not announced, but Smith pledged to donate an undisclosed portion of the book's proceeds to a memorial fund in honor of the shooting victims.

"I'm uncomfortable becoming the focus of this event, which left so many families in tragedy," she said in a news release. "But after prayerful consideration, I believe that God is calling me to use this opportunity to not only turn my own life around but also to inspire others to do that, too."

I'm curious who'll be doing the actual writing. It's extremely rare someone writes a book that will sell, out of the blue. Publishers usually use a more experienced writer to work with the person, gather information, then write the actual book. Sometimes they get no credit (and are therefore referred to as a “ghost writer”) and sometimes they get second billing.

Posted by Danny Carlton at June 16, 2005 06:58 AM

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