We may not see Kimberly Easton on the TV screen as a reporter anymore, but that doesn’t mean she’s disappeared from a career in media. The former WPXI-TV news reporter/anchor has taken some time away from the camera to focus on family and an exciting new communications project.
One of Easton’s main concerns today is raising her teenage daughter and caring for her father, who is living with Alzheimer’s disease in a Hospice program in their family home in Indianapolis, Ind. She is able to visit there often, assisting her sister in caring for their father. She feels as the eldest of three, that it’s her duty.
Easton’s father, Julius, had lived with her in Pittsburgh for the past four years, but “it was my father’s wish to return to our family home, so he could be with the rest of our family,” Easton explains. “Caring for an elderly parent as a single mother with a full-time job is just tough no matter who is doing it or where.”
In her professional life, Easton has become a literary agent, a role that literally just fell into her lap. When first approached by a local attorney, Lawrence Fisher, about the true-life account of a local girl who had been held as a sex slave for 10 years, Easton flatly turned him down. “I don’t do that,” she told him. But Fisher refused to accept “no” as an answer. He told Easton that with her being an investigative reporter, he had all the faith and confidence that she would figure out how to get the book published. “He said he respected my work and he knew I could get the job done,” Easton remembers, laughing. They had been sitting in a North Side café when Fisher asked for Easton’s help. At her rejection of the offer, Fisher had a “near meltdown,” and Easton gave in, just to keep him from making a scene. She agreed to make some calls and give it about two months. “I didn’t think any publisher was going to pick it up because he was a no-name author and I was a no-name agent,” Easton says. But to her surprise, she found a publisher within seven days. “It sounds like it was easy because it was a short period of time but it wasn’t. Contracts had to be negotiated, and that took some time.” The project was a huge undertaking, negotiating contracts, submitting proposals to distributors and retailers, and seeking possible marketing and promotion opportunities.
In the book, “Memoir of a Milk Carton Kid,” now a New York Times best seller, Fisher, reveals the true account of Tanya Kach, a McKeesport woman who had been held for a decade in the home that Thomas John Hose shared with his parents and son. Kach and her captor, middle school security guard and neighbor, did have a sorted love relationship. Kach, a troubled teen at age 14, ran away from home to be with Hose. First-time author, Fisher, Kach’s attorney and advocate, chronicles these 10 years from Kach’s recounts. The story made headlines when she emerged from Hose’s home and told her story to a local merchant.
Easton said she believed in this project and wanted to help Fisher because it was time to do so. “In 2006, when the story broke, I covered it and now it is time for Tanya to tell her story,” she said. And Easton’s passion for the story didn’t go unnoticed by Fisher back then. “He said he needed someone with that passion to get the book published.
Easton credits God for her skills and talent in capturing the attention of publishing companies and television producers. “I also let go and let God direct me,” she says.
This wasn’t Easton’s first time in the world of publishing. Shorty after graduating from Liberty University, she assisted a college professor in getting his first book published. Gary Habermas, PhD, professor and author, renown for specializes in religious topics was one of her first “clients.”
“So, I guess in a way God along with Dr. Habermas were grooming me for such a time as this and I didn’t even know it,” she says.
Easton volunteers with the Juvenile Diabetes Association, Alzheimer’s Association and supports orphaned children in Honduras.
Additionally, Easton is currently studying online pursuing her master’s degree in Digital Media from Regent University. Getting manuscripts into the right publishing hands is just the beginning for Easton. She hopes to eventually own her own media company. She plans on writing her own books, movie scripts, and getting other peoples books published as well. “However, I keep one thing in mind when making plans,” she says, “I know I can make them, but according to the Bible, God’s will is what will prevail in my life.”
“Memoir of a Milk Carton Kid” was released Oct. 11. Kach and Fisher both were guests on the “Dr. Phil Show.”
The book can be purchased online through Tate Publishing at http://www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore/book.php?w=9781613467596 and Enterprises, LLC, Amazon.com and Barnes&Noble.com, as well as at local Barnes and Noble bookstores.