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This Is What Happens When An Author Tracks Down A Critic In Real Life

Kathleen Hale faced backlash on social media after admitting to tracking down a book blogger at her home address.

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In the article, called "Am I Being Catfished?", Hale describes how she obsessed over a book blogger named Blythe Harris who had given her book, No One Else Can Have You, a one-star review.

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After paying for an online background check, Hale allegedly discovered the blogger had lied about her name, age, occupation and photos. Hale went on to explain how she obtained Harris' alleged home address from an online book club, confirmed it with an unnamed publisher, hired a car, and went to the blogger's house to confront her, before backing out on her doorstep.

After Hale's essay was published, the book-blogging community rushed to defend Harris, arguing she had done nothing wrong but that Hale had actually stalked her.

Authors: a snarky, critical review does not give you justification to obsess over, stalk and drive to reviewer's houses. Do not pass go.

Cuddlebludgers@CuddlebuggeryFollow

Authors: a snarky, critical review does not give you justification to obsess over, stalk and drive to reviewer's houses. Do not pass go.

7:57 AM - 18 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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What the blogger in question was doing is called using a pseudonym. 1. Something authors do all the time, and 2. Internet safety rule 101.

Shae/Shelver@ShaelynCherieFollow

What the blogger in question was doing is called using a pseudonym. 1. Something authors do all the time, and 2. Internet safety rule 101.

12:31 AM - 19 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Author violates blogger's privacy, stalks her, harasses her & wonders why the blogger DOES NOT USE HER REAL NAME. o_O http://t.co/MGStDdA0Gv

Kat@BookThingoFollow

Author violates blogger's privacy, stalks her, harasses her & wonders why the blogger DOES NOT USE HER REAL NAME. o_O http://t.co/MGStDdA0Gv

12:47 AM - 19 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

I'm pretty sure there's a difference between having an online alias and actually catfishing someone.

Liz Vallish@elizziebethFollow

I'm pretty sure there's a difference between having an online alias and actually catfishing someone.

12:46 AM - 19 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Many were upset that the blogger's privacy had been breached, and what it meant for the safety of the community.

It's also really scary that there are publishers out there exchanging our addresses with authors/stalkers.

Yer a Zombie, Bekka@YerAWizardBekkaFollow

It's also really scary that there are publishers out there exchanging our addresses with authors/stalkers.

11:47 PM - 18 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Dear pubs, you really aren't giving out our addresses to unhappy authors are you? That's not cool.

DearAuthor@dearauthorFollow

Dear pubs, you really aren't giving out our addresses to unhappy authors are you? That's not cool.

12:18 AM - 19 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Not just the author, but The Guardian & publisher that gave out blogger details. It could have ended badly & they've all had a hand in it.

Diva Booknerd@divainpyjamasFollow

Not just the author, but The Guardian & publisher that gave out blogger details. It could have ended badly & they've all had a hand in it.

11:40 PM - 18 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

And others were angered that Hale seemingly sought support from a group called "Stop the Goodreads Bullies," known within the community for doxxing and harassing book bloggers.

This author tracked down and stalked a reviewer who had the right to their own opinion. And anyone advocating STGRB is morally bankrupt

Has@has_bookpushersFollow

This author tracked down and stalked a reviewer who had the right to their own opinion. And anyone advocating STGRB is morally bankrupt

8:33 AM - 18 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

.@GuardianBooks http://t.co/6B9gHrQ2bz - do some research. Way to go with condoning stalking.

The Holy Terror@The_Holy_TerrorFollow

.@GuardianBooks http://t.co/6B9gHrQ2bz - do some research. Way to go with condoning stalking.

11:49 PM - 18 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Not everyone hated the piece, however, with many prominent writers supporting Hale.

<img src="https://abs.twimg.com/emoji/v1/72x72/201c.png"><img src="https://abs.twimg.com/emoji/v1/72x72/2018.png">Am I Being Catfished?<img src="https://abs.twimg.com/emoji/v1/72x72/2019.png"><img src="https://abs.twimg.com/emoji/v1/72x72/201d.png"> another great piece by @HaleKathleen: http://t.co/3wPUxgih7e

Aaron Lammer@aaronlammerFollow

Am I Being Catfished? another great piece by @HaleKathleen: http://t.co/3wPUxgih7e

6:13 AM - 20 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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4:00 AM - 19 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

This article is great, as is @HaleKathleen. http://t.co/HBwDfliTt3

John Mulaney@mulaneyFollow

This article is great, as is @HaleKathleen. http://t.co/HBwDfliTt3

5:18 AM - 20 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

I have, for a while, thought @HaleKathleen was a bold, fascinating, self-excoriating, no-filter writer. Still do. http://t.co/DroPyxYCPa

Robin Wasserman@robinwassermanFollow

I have, for a while, thought @HaleKathleen was a bold, fascinating, self-excoriating, no-filter writer. Still do. http://t.co/DroPyxYCPa

1:36 AM - 19 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The novelist @HaleKathleen hunts down the catfishing "critic" who trashed her book. Riveting read at @guardian http://t.co/b1EPkTAPuY

Frank Rich@frankrichnyFollow

The novelist @HaleKathleen hunts down the catfishing "critic" who trashed her book. Riveting read at @guardian http://t.co/b1EPkTAPuY

1:32 AM - 20 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Others, most notably Neil Gaiman, initially tweeted their interest in the story before clarifying they didn't condone Hale's actions.

I think that Guardian article is fascinating. I don't think anyone comes out of it well, nor do I endorse any of the actions in it.

Neil Gaiman@neilhimselfFollow

I think that Guardian article is fascinating. I don't think anyone comes out of it well, nor do I endorse any of the actions in it.

8:12 AM - 19 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Still, many authors outright condemned the article and Hale's treatment of Harris.

This stalker/author Guardian article is hands down the scariest thing I've read all year.

Slay Kristoff@misterkristoffFollow

This stalker/author Guardian article is hands down the scariest thing I've read all year.

11:57 PM - 18 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

I never thought we𠆝 actually have to tell grownup authors not to stalk reviewers.

Megan Erickson@MeganErickson_Follow

I never thought we???? actually have to tell grownup authors not to stalk reviewers.

12:08 AM - 19 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

What the heck did I wake up to? That author scares me. That was stalking, bullying, etc. Not "standing up for yourself". Hell.

Carrie Ann Ryan@CarrieAnnRyanFollow

What the heck did I wake up to? That author scares me. That was stalking, bullying, etc. Not "standing up for yourself". Hell.

12:29 AM - 19 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

I can't work out why this article was published. What purpose it could possibly serve, except to frighten and intimidate bloggers.

Samantha Shannon@say_shannonFollow

I can't work out why this article was published. What purpose it could possibly serve, except to frighten and intimidate bloggers.

12:39 AM - 19 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The book blogging community is vital & wonderful. I am so sad/sorry about those who may no longer feel they can safely express themselves.

courtnival of souls@courtney_sFollow

The book blogging community is vital & wonderful. I am so sad/sorry about those who may no longer feel they can safely express themselves.

8:18 AM - 19 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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I want my books to be a safe place for readers, no matter what they think of them in the end.

Lauren DeSpookaboo@LaurenDeStefanoFollow

I want my books to be a safe place for readers, no matter what they think of them in the end.

6:50 AM - 21 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

For those who think what Hale did was okay. Flip the script. What if Ms. Hale was a man? What if someone randomly showed up at YOUR house?

JLArmentrout@JLArmentroutFollow

For those who think what Hale did was okay. Flip the script. What if Ms. Hale was a man? What if someone randomly showed up at YOUR house?

1:55 AM - 19 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The whole thing reached a head today when, after Harris returned to her private Twitter account to announce she was quitting blogging, the #HaleNo hashtag began trending internationally.

Book bloggers - Say No to Kathleen Hale. No promo, no ARCs, no book tours, no interviews, not a shred of publicity from us. #HaleNo

Bibliodaze.com@BibliodazeFollow

Book bloggers - Say No to Kathleen Hale. No promo, no ARCs, no book tours, no interviews, not a shred of publicity from us. #HaleNo

9:40 AM - 21 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

#HaleNo because NO ONE should live in fear of sharing an opinion

ArcherTheAxeMurderer@ArcherDevilFollow

#HaleNo because NO ONE should live in fear of sharing an opinion

11:32 AM - 21 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

I will never ever ever ever promote anything remotely related to Hale's books ever again. #HaleNo

Serial Giller@mizgillianberryFollow

I will never ever ever ever promote anything remotely related to Hale's books ever again. #HaleNo

9:48 AM - 21 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

A lot of journalists are comfortably discussing the style and quality of Hale's writing and downplaying that SHE STALKED SOMEONE! #HaleNo

Jeanne@fangirlJeanneFollow

A lot of journalists are comfortably discussing the style and quality of Hale's writing and downplaying that SHE STALKED SOMEONE! #HaleNo

2:45 PM - 21 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Because of book bloggers, I went from unknown self-publisher to someone lucky enough to be trad-pubbed. You ALL have my support. #HaleNo

Leah Raeder@LeahRaederFollow

Because of book bloggers, I went from unknown self-publisher to someone lucky enough to be trad-pubbed. You ALL have my support. #HaleNo

10:57 AM - 21 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

This isn't just a Writer Vs Blogger issue. Stalking/threatening/harrassing people is NEVER the way to handle any situation. #HaleNo

Karen Stivali@karenstivaliFollow

This isn't just a Writer Vs Blogger issue. Stalking/threatening/harrassing people is NEVER the way to handle any situation. #HaleNo

10:55 AM - 21 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The community also got behind the #AuthorYes hashtag to bring the focus back to other authors who have positive interactions with readers.

Do you guys have any authors you'd like to nominate? Join in #authoryes to bring attention to writers who deserve it.

EVIL Jae@Ava_JaeFollow

Do you guys have any authors you'd like to nominate? Join in #authoryes to bring attention to writers who deserve it.

12:30 PM - 21 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

We love @MissDahlELama because she so down to earth and her puns are a thing of beauty! #AuthorYes

Cuddlebludgers@CuddlebuggeryFollow

We love @MissDahlELama because she so down to earth and her puns are a thing of beauty! #AuthorYes

2:15 PM - 21 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

.@rainbowrowell has excellent taste & is always super supportive & the kind of friend you always want to hug #AuthorYes

elena@novelsoundsFollow

.@rainbowrowell has excellent taste & is always super supportive & the kind of friend you always want to hug #AuthorYes

2:02 PM - 21 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Awesome authors you should Follow @JuliPageMorgan @friedgatortail @karenvwrites @DellaniOakes @DebiMatlack and @stephaniehussey #AuthorYes

Rachel Rueben@RachelRuebenFollow

Awesome authors you should Follow @JuliPageMorgan @friedgatortail @karenvwrites @DellaniOakes @DebiMatlack and @stephaniehussey #AuthorYes

3:35 PM - 21 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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