Okay, so the title of this post is more than a bit dramatic. However, it does express how I felt the other day when a reader contacted me to let me know that one of my stories had been plagiarized. So, I guess that makes me more than a bit dramatic, right? I’m fine with that.
The story in question, Double Ten, was posted almost word for word on a website called fanfiction.com. The thief, one Sha-Ron (also known as Shay) of Augusta, GA, while changing the names of the characters to those of Manga characters and acknowleding that they were not her characters; did blatantly claim to have written the story! She even had the gall to ask people to post and let her know what they thought of it! And, oh yes, she kept my title as well.
For those who aren’t familiar with Double Ten, it’s a story that was published in Zane’s Honey Flava anthology in ’08. I worked really hard on that story, as I do every story I write. This one was a particular challenge, however, because I had to learn about Chinese culture, something I was woefully ignorant of at the time.
Anyway, I’ve contacted the website, and I want to thank Ms. Asia Potts for letting me know about the theft. Thank you, Asia, for your awareness and for contacting me.
As for the thief, I have not been able to track her down, so for now I will work with the website that let her so shamelessly post her theft.