Auckland Author ‘Criticised’ Over Thriller Ebook About the Disappearance of Malaysia MH370
By Rachelle Corpuz | June 10, 2014 1:13 PM EST
Three months after the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 went missing, a thriller e-book titled "MH370 - A Novella," was released which has fueled the wrath of a woman whose husband was alleged dead on the doomed jetliner's flight.
A mother writes a message to her son on a board dedicated to passengers onboard the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 at Lido Hotel, in Beijing March 24, 2014.
Danica Weeks, the wife of a New Zealand native Paul Weeks who was on board the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, said she was "disgusted" about the e-book, New Zealand Herald reported. The fictional work was released three months after the jetliner went missing. It was penned by a Malaysian-based Auckland author who goes by the name Scott Maka.
Weeks was angered by the fact that someone could write so soon about such tragedy when there aren't really enough definitive information as to why the jetliner really disappeared.
"I wish these people would just really put their concerned effort towards helping us find the plane rather than writing these books and making up stories about it," said Weeks.
Weeks said she was "shocked" that the fictional work was released. What is more? She said she couldn't even believe it that the book was written by a fellow New Zealander. "I was just absolutely shocked to hear that that had come out, especially from a New Zealander."
"I'm completely disgusted by it, to be honest, I just think it's shocking."
Maka had already expressed regret and made an apology to Weeks, according to another New Zealand Herald news article. "I would like to publicly apologise to Mrs Weeks," said Maka. "I'm upset because she's upset."
Maka said that he got the spur to write the book after a "hair-raising flight" that he had experienced only a week after the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 had gone missing. "I was damn scared." Maka said that he wasn't really terrified of flying but he felt nervous and "jittery" because of the thought that a jetliner had just gone missing. Maka began discerning the conceivable whys and wherefores that could have resulted in the jetliner's disappearance while aboard the flight. By the time his flight landed, he felt the overwhelming desire to write a book.
Maka's fictional work about the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 is not the first book about the jetliner's tragedy. In May, London-based author Nigel Cawthorne wrote the first book, Yahoo News reported. Cawthorned reportedly based his story on the theory of an oil rig worker who claimed to have seen the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 crashed into the ocean.
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