It has been brought to my attention that certain bloggers took to their Facebook pages and implied I was lying about the ‘Bullying in the book community’ post.
I was happy to let it go and leave things alone, confident that Sophie was okay and nothing more was going to come from this. I thanked the community for having my back and those who were equally appalled…it was over and I made a lot of new friends. I blocked all that I felt would cause me further drama.
Then there was this –
I was shown Bloggers in this community who were part of the original thread trying to discredit me and shame those who have supported me. More than one, may I add. (this post is cropped to only the bits that matter, the other post is repetitive so only sharing this)
They even try to pass the buck to the YA community?!?!?!? For what exactly?
I said I would not name and shame and I still won’t. I still stand by my words – I won’t allow an attack on individuals and lower myself to their level of petty.
Please do not ask me for names.
I am merely clearing my name of being called a liar and instigator of drama. As is my right. I am now the one feeling personally attacked for daring to highlight an issue so this is the only reason I am posting this here and have posted them on my FB profile for those who don’t read my blog..
You decide for yourself if this was bullying or banter. Harmless jokes.
If they excluded naming anyone, and it was not a personal attack, like they claim.
I already have been told I will be put in book exile and my books will never see the light of day for speaking out, so I guess the damage is already done.
So if you want to blog about my books send me an email LOL, I may need the help soon enough haha.
These are not my screenshots but I did blank out the names of anyone on the thread to protect identities and I got full permission to share these from the source. There are more of these but you get the jist. I have screenshots in duplicate so I know these are not forged and many have their own.
I am not the only author to stand up in this. My friend Kiltie Jackson, a fellow romance writer has plenty to say on this topic too. Have a look at her recent blog post –When Is Bullying Acceptable?
This will be the last thing I have to post about this matter, I am so over it. I am not interested in the instigators, I have blocked all of them. I merely want us as a community to clamp down on this BS and not let fear silence us. Stop them trying to discredit those who witnessed something distasteful.
Many are afraid of backlash. Hell I will get it, I already have, but I don’t care.
STOP BULLYING PEOPLE.
PS – If you ever find yourself at the receiving end of internet targeting then there are websites there to help.