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.

    On Saturday, YA author Kathleen Hale published an essay on The Guardian about confronting "her number one online critic," and a social media storm of epic proportions erupted.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Author violates blogger's privacy, stalks her, harasses her & wonders why the blogger DOES NOT USE HER REAL NAME. o_O

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

    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.

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

    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.

    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

    .@GuardianBooks - do some research. Way to go with condoning stalking.

    Several bloggers created longer posts in defense of Harris, with Book Thingo outlining this timeline of events from the perspective of someone who didn't know either party.

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

    <img src=""><img src="">Am I Being Catfished?<img src=""><img src=""> another great piece by @HaleKathleen:

    "'Am I being catfished?' An Author Confronts Her Number One Online Critic." This astonishing story was brought...

    This article is great, as is @HaleKathleen.

    I have, for a while, thought @HaleKathleen was a bold, fascinating, self-excoriating, no-filter writer. Still do.

    The novelist @HaleKathleen hunts down the catfishing "critic" who trashed her book. Riveting read at @guardian

    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.

    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.

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

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

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

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

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

    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?

    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

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

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

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

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

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

    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.

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

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

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

    With tensions running high between those who support and those who condemn Hale, one thing is clear: The online book community is a passionate one.