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Romantic fiction readers and authors around the world have reacted angrily as it become clear yesterday that a plagiarist who goes by the pen names Kay Manning and Payton Bradshaw had not only plagiarized work by author Liz Fielding but a number of other authors. Romance stories by Julia Kenner, Catherine Mann, Marie Ferrarella, Gena Dalton were all discovered being sold online by Kay Manning/Payton Bradshaw following detective work online by author Elizabeth Chadwick and members of a Facebook group for professional writers, the Seriously Serious Scribes. According to Smart Bitches blog the real identity of Kay Manning/Payton Bradshaw is Kristal Singletary.
Author angel Graham posted on Liz Fielding's blog: "I've known Kay Manning on line for about 3 years now. She's one of the people, the "authors" I looked up to and respected. I wanted to write as well as she did. Well Liz, it looks like you and Julie Kenner are the two people I should have been looking up to, admiring, emulating... Please forgive me for my part in promoting "her work". Had I known the truth...I wouldn't have... I have to admit I'm crying. One of the people I looked up to has failed me big."
Kay Manning has issued a public apology on the Dear Author blog in which she has stated, "so there is no misunderstanding. I am a thief, a plagiarist. I am not an author." However she makes no mention of any financial recompense for the authors whom she has made money on from sale of their work.
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