An author with a fascinating backstory

I heard a lot about the book by Taylor Stevens, and I even have a copy of The Informationist in my TBR pile. But she also has a fascinating back story with I read about on Shelf Awareness: Born in New York State into the Children of God, an apocalyptic religious cult, Stevens was separated from her family at age 12 and denied an education beyond sixth grade. ... the majority of her adolescence was spent begging on city streets at the behest of cult leaders... This is the same group where the female members were encouraged to use “Flirty Fishing,” aka having sex with possible recruits.

Read more here.

What's weird is that the article doesn't make the connection between her personal life and her latest book, The Innocent, which is about a cult.




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