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Austinite Turns Story of Brutal Attack on Her Into Novel

Photo by Filipa Rodrigues/KUT News.

Mirabelle Garret works in economic development in the Rio Grande Valley. In 1983, she takes a business trip to Austin and is the victim of a brutal attack in her hotel room. How brutal? Mirabelle is stabbed twelve times; a plastic garbage bag is stuffed down her throat; and she is hit in the face and temporarily blinded. Mirabelle thought she was going to die. But she lived. And worked hard to heal.

How does an author come up with the plot and details for a story like this? Austin author Karin Richmond didn't have to look too far. For all intents and purposes, she is Mirabelle. Karin was the victim of such an attack 30 years ago and tells the story of the crime and her recovery in her first novel Blood on the Threshold.

You can hear more from Karin by linking to the interview on this page. She is also appearing as part of a Local Author's night Friday, April 12, at 7:00 p.m. at BookPeople in Austin.

Jennifer Stayton is the local host for NPR's "Morning Edition" on KUT. Got a tip? Email her at Follow her on X @jenstayton.
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