Blog – What’s New and What’s Happening

A GOOD INTERVIEWER AT WORK

Summer adventures and relaxation persuaded me away from the computer for a bit.  And then this arrived.  During the media tour in April I did a pre-taped interview with Nam of The Agenda, TV Ontario.  As a broadcaster myself I know the job well from her side of the studio.  It was fun to sit in the visitor’s chair and wait to be led through the story. She did a wonderful job and made it easy for me.  Revisiting the story now, as a viewer, reminds me how many twists and turns there are. This book is packed with angles and tangles. I keep hearing from readers that they couldn’t put it down.  I found myself as a viewer just now, also wanting her to ask me more! What is ahead now for me, and for The Charming Predator? Not sure.  I’ve been contacted by some people who knew him and have stories to tell.  But I think finding him and listening to what he might have to say would still be fascinating to my readers. I suspect he is still in Europe, perhaps Scandinavia. I await developments. In the meantime, my thanks to all who have read my work and taken the time to get in touch. The link to this TV Ontario segment is here on the website under Events and Media.

 

 

WHAT THE TIDE BRINGS IN

It’s quite an interesting part of this journey – the book release and developments after.  For the first five weeks I was on the Canadian Bestsellers list.  So delighted!  And as with everything, the tide comes in, and then the tide goes out.  I was off the list at week six. Oh what a blow to my tender ego, which was getting used to the waters flooding steadily in!  It didn’t take me long to laugh at myself.  But the tide is bringing in more than this encouraging list. People are contacting me and offering their thoughts and, in some cases, their information and experiences.  Many are writing or speaking to me in person about the effect The Charming Predator has had on them and people they know and love.  It appears that by telling my story I have made it safer for others to look again at similar experiences of their own. I hope that any revisiting brings acceptance and closure.  Peace.  Others are communicating their own experiences of Kenner from early days to more recent encounters. I welcome and encourage this.  If anyone knows where he is, please let me know.  The Where’s Kenner? tab here on the website is available for exactly that purpose.  No posting appears without my approval, so please know your information is confidential if necessary. So, here I am, awaiting further movement in this journey. I know it’s coming.  The tide always turns.  I’m fascinated to see what will drift in next!

 

MEDIA WHIRLWIND

This is a screen shot from my visit to Global National’s morning show in Toronto. In the past few weeks I’ve been on a bit of a media marathon to coincide with the release on April 18th of The Charming Predator. A basketful of television, radio, and print media appearances and interviews swept me through Vancouver and Toronto. Victoria is coming up in mid-May, and who knows what else after that. It’s been challenging and fun, and a privilege to meet journalists of all disciplines. I couldn’t have been more exhausted or more pleased.  Although each interview had its own direction and flavour, some points were continually raised: When did I finally know that Kenner was a liar? Why didn’t his mother, Primrose, warn me?  Do I think he ever really loved me or was it all just sham? How did I recover and not become a hardened, bitter person? All valid, thoughtful questions. I replied as honestly and completely as I could. Many of the answers are, of course, in the pages of the book. I will also give you my responses in the next blog. For now, I just wanted to touch base and let you know where I have been and that I will be writing here more regularly now.  I’ve put all available links I can find for you on the Events and Media page and will update diligently.

 

 

HOW DID THIS HAPPEN?

It’s only a couple of days, as I write this, before The Charming Predator is released. The first printed draft came from Doubleday last year and I have to admit seeing it on paper was a bit surreal. I’m still delighted and amazed that this story is now in print and heading onto bookshelves in stores and homes.

After hiding away in my home and my memories for decades, how can it be that this tale sees the light of day? In the unfolding of this book I can only say that every time a door was approached, it opened.  I have had sure and steady support and guidance.

Perhaps this is the right time for a number of reasons. For me, finally able to face the story without looking away. For Kenner, I have no idea. I hold no pre-conceived hope of healing, resolution, or change for him. His life choices are his responsibility. For everyone else, I hope it’s entertaining. If it serves as any sort of a cautionary tale, all the better.  From memories, to first draft, to publication…but there is much more to come, I feel certain.

 

 

A NEW CHAPTER BEGINS

As I have told this story through the years I have been surprised at how many people identify with it or with me. Many, many people have been the target of someone who has taken advantage of them or someone they know. And, like me, there is often an almost overwhelming feeling of embarassment. How on earth did I allow myself to be fooled, lied to, used?

It’s tempting to simply point the finger at the liar, the imposter, the person who seems to have no conscience. It’s not so easy to look in the mirror.

When I wrote the first drafts of The Charming Predator I had no difficulty describing all the damaging things Kenner had done. I looked through the files at all the letters he had written me, the documents with forged signatures, the photographs. The pages and pages of what I came to realize were lies.

But what about the letters I had written?  They were in the storage box too. At first I simply could not read them. Eventually, coaxed by my first collaborator, Len Port, I was persuaded to take a deep breath and tell the whole story.  As I began to read the letters I had written to Kenner they  carried me effortlessly to my thoughts and feelings at the time.  I was in love, not only with the idea of who I thought Kenner was, but the whole future filled with dreams which I created and chose to believe in, come what may. I certainly played a part in my own demise.

Almost 35 years after my close encounter with Kenner Elias Jones I have made good progress in forgiving myself and facing my responsibility for what happened to me. 

In postings to come, I will be adding to what you will find in the book. I have more pictures, stories, and updates to share. Now that The Charming Predator is on bookshelves, I suspect we may hear from the man himself.  And when I do, I hope to meet with him, if only to close the circle of this story.

Come with me.

 

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  16 comments for “Blog – What’s New and What’s Happening

  1. July 15, 2017 at 7:15 pm

    I just finished the book … interesting story.

    It would be interesting to know where he is and who he is conning. There can’t be too many places he is allowed to be considering the amount of outstanding warrants he has.

  2. Mark
    May 13, 2017 at 4:14 am

    Best book I’ve read for a long time.
    Hope they catch that b*****d asap.
    Thanks for sharing Lee, couldn’t put it down, very courageous.

    • Lee
      May 13, 2017 at 12:57 pm

      Thank you!

  3. Antoinette DeWit
    May 2, 2017 at 1:31 am

    When I first saw Lee Mackenzie as a TV news anchor, I immediately thought there is a story there. She looked either shy or sad, and after reading her book entitled The Charming Predator, I have concluded she is both shy and sad, but also her own hero.

    Shy people are quiet by nature and tend to not be first in line, enthusiastic or quick off the mark. They stand back rather than step forward and that, I think, is what made Lee Mackenzie blind and vulnerable when a charmer crossed her path and changed her life forever.

    Her story is her story, told from the perspective of a shy and sad woman. Her pain and her shame are mostly hidden between the words and within the lines of most of her book, until near the end when she finally throws caution to the wind and explodes in the face of the mad man she had long since divorced, and tells him what he needs to hear and what she needs to say.

    The expression of her rage and disappointment in him and in herself, becomes the ultimate of therapy, finally slamming the door on the slippery slope that brought her from hope and promise to despair and disappointment.

    Ultimately hidden beneath her shyness and her sadness, we see emerging the inner strength that she needed to stand back up on her own two feet, to step forward (not back) with a feeling of self confidence — something that lay idol for most of her life. Her personal traumas opened her eyes and her mind, giving her a new lease on life and readers an enlightening account of the shocking life of an incredible woman.

    Antoinette DeWit
    Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

    • Lee
      May 2, 2017 at 1:48 am

      Thank you, Antoinette, for your very thoughtful words. I wish you all the very best.

  4. Claire
    April 25, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    Been there too. Some people do find it difficult to believe that you really had no idea of the deception etc. Others are shocked when they eventually see the truth. My ex-husband effectively ‘terrorised’ me and my daughter and we will never ever forget what we went through. He did go to prison but is now living another life of luxury (quite unbelievable in one way but totally predictable to me in another). I also have guilt as to whether his new partner needs to have some warning – but the reality is she will not want to believe it, for now!
    Sociopaths – truly scary.

  5. Theresa Bell
    April 11, 2017 at 2:36 pm

    Thank you for sharing your story & your heart. Many will be touched by your courage & strength. Always here for you. Congratulations 🎉😘

  6. Roberta Pearson
    April 7, 2017 at 11:24 pm

    I have been waiting for this day since the New Year’s Day dinner. Will be into Coles today to reserve/order my copy which I will bring to the reading on April 29th.
    C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S on this monumental achievement.
    🎇 🎆 🎉 🥂

  7. Jacki Aubertin
    April 7, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    I will be there with you every step of the way.

  8. Erin M
    April 6, 2017 at 6:14 am

    I cannot wait to read your story.

  9. April 6, 2017 at 12:43 am

    I can’t wait to read the book!! Ordering my copy now.

  10. Linda Schaumleffel
    April 6, 2017 at 12:26 am

    Where will this take you? Maybe a venue tohelp others.
    Meanwhile…..you go girl!

  11. Maureen Pietrzykowski
    April 5, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    fasten your seat belt!

  12. Deb Maitland
    April 5, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    This game me chills. I have goosebumps Lee. Come with you we will!

  13. Stacy Fitzgerald
    April 5, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    Excellent!

  14. Harv Allison
    April 5, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    whoopie

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