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Pittsburgh Author to be Incarcerated for Crime Eerily Similar to Scene in Her Book
Pittsburgh author SBR Martin faces a 90-day sentence in a correctional facility for a crime that is hauntingly similar to an unlawful event described in her novel, "pig," making readers wonder just how much of Martin's fiction is based on fact.
"911 reported that the husband called and stated that his wife was very drunk and left the house to go to a [nearby] bar... The car was parked in front of [the bar]... running. She...put the car in drive and drove about 2-5 feet before I yelled for her to stop. She stopped the car and backed up, pulling back into the parking space... [She] had a strong odor of alcoholic beverage on her breath and body. Her eyes were bloodshot and red. I asked her to do the HGN test and she had all six signs of being DUI impaired. She was wobbling side to side. She was put under arrest at that time... [She] was taken to the E.R. for blood draw... [and then] taken to the [Allegheny County Jail]."
This poorly-written account is not found in Martin's work of fiction. It's the text of the real-world criminal complaint filed against Martin on Jan. 02, 2012.
What is found in Martin's fiction is hauntingly similar to the facts laid out so crudely in the police report. She describes Lily as driving no more than two feet before being stopped by an officer, administered a field sobriety test, and being arrested on the spot.
Further mirroring actual events, Lily was taken to the E.R. for a blood draw, told that it was her own husband who had called in the "BOLO," and deposited in the Allegheny County Jail.
It is no shock when authors incorporate a little bit of fact into their fiction, but the similarities in this instance are obvious and seem not to be stretched much by the imagination.
This leaves the reader wondering just how much Martin's "fictitious"
When asked to comment, Martin's words were brief on the topic: "My work is fiction. Any resemblance to real life persons, events, or situations is purely coincidental and nothing more than highly fictionalized elaborations of compelling information. If you read 'pig' in its entirety, you'll see that there's absolutely no way the book can be entirely based on my own life."
Hmmm, Martin, you used the word "entirely," which still begs the initial question.
Like "pig" on Facebook to see if, and how, Martin addresses this issue prior to her upcoming incarceration - http://www.facebook.com/
In the meantime, get a copy of "pig" from Amazon and see if you are able to discern Martin's fact from Martin's fiction - http://www.amazon.com/