Elizabeth Smart Memoir: Former Kidnapping Victim To Write About Her Ordeal
An Elizabeth Smart memoir is planned so the former kidnapping victim can recount her time being held captive by a homeless street preacher and her daring escape.
The memoir details not on the the time Elizabeth Smart spent as a captive of , but also the time she spent as a children’s advocate after the nine-month ordeal came to an end. As The Associated Press reported, St. Martin’s Press bought the rights to Elizabeth Smart’s memoir.
Smart will have some well-known help with the memoir, as Chris Stewart has signed on to author the book. Stewart, a congressman-elect from Utah, has written books with religious and patriotic themes in the past.
“She has taken a professional outlook on this and is able to talk in an impressive way about these things frankly,” Stewart told The Associated Press.
Smart, now a 25-year-old senior at Brigham Young University, married fellow Mormon missionary Matthew Gilmour in February. Though all parts of Elizabeth Smart’s story will come out in the memoirs, the content will not be “salacious,” Stewart added.
“She’s not shying away from this story,” he said.
Elizabeth Smart’s memoir was timed for after the March 2011 sentencing of Brian David Mitchell. Smart said she wanted to wait to tell her story, and the book itself has been in the works for more than a year.
As a 14-year-old, Smart was taken from her bedroom at knifepoint on June 5, 2002. Mitchell, who is serving two life sentences at a federal prison in Arizona, held Smart captive and sexually assaulted her during that time.
The tentative release date for the Elizabeth Smart memoir is September 13, the New York Times noted.