Natasha Stoynoff, the former People magazine writer who set off an election firestorm when she recounted how Donald Trump groped her during an interview, has signed on to write a book about Donna Hylton, a woman who experienced abuse as a child, became a convicted murderer at 19 and then became a powerful voice for criminal justice.
A Little Piece of Light is being pitched as a story of hope, resilience and triumph. Hachette acquired the rights in a competitive auction. Publication will be in fall 2017.
Hylton was sentenced to 25 years to life in 1985 for her participation in the kidnapping, torture and murder of a Long Island, N.Y., real estate broker. She was sent to Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, where fellow inmates included such notorious criminals as Amy Fisher, Jean Harris, Kathy Boudin and Sante Kimes. At first she fought with her fellow inmates, but she soon found solace in sharing her story of abuse and learning that it was not an isolated story.
Hylton was released in 2012, and since then, she has become a leading voice for criminal-justice reform, appearing on platforms with Michelle Alexander, Eve Ensler, Rosario Dawson and others.
The project already is attracting attention from producers in Hollywood. Dan Pearson of D4 Entertainment is handling the film and television rights to the project. Frank Weimann of Folio Literary Management represented Stoynoff.