Simi Valley, CA Author Publishes True Crime Fiction

April 14, 2016 (PRLEAP.COM) Entertainment News
April 14, 2016 - "Nobody Talks about Kellie-Jean," a new book by Tom Layton, has been released by RoseDog Books.

Time/Life Magazine asked a student at Central Junior High about the incident involving her former classmate, Kellie-Jean Poppleton.

The student, who declined to give her name, had nervously replied, "Nobody talks about Kellie-Jean! Nobody wants to draw attention to themselves. We're all scared…"

The Time/Life Magazine reporters went to two campuses: Central Junior High and Conrad Noll Middle School, to interview students and faculty about the incidents of the previous December, which had drawn national attention to this relatively quiet, middle-class Northern California community of 65,000 citizens.

They came away with more questions than answers.

About the Author:
Tom Layton is an educator by way of Simi Valley, California, Seattle, and Sun City West, Arizona. He is originally from Anaconda, Montana.

Tom Layton became intrigued with the true story this book is based upon after coming across it in the news just a few days after the initial events unfolded. Months later, he began using the facts of the incident to educate his own students in the consequences of negative peer pressure, substance abuse, and improper peer relations. "Nobody Talks about Kellie-Jean" illustrates the domino effects of these behaviors.

Thirty-two years after first reading the news story, Tom Layton has created a work of fiction, honoring the victim of the real life event "Nobody Talks about Kellie-Jean" is based upon.

"Nobody Talks about Kellie-Jean" is a 200-page paperback with a retail price of $16.00. The ISBN is 978-1-4809-6969-9. It was published by RoseDog Books of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. For more information, or to request a review copy, please go to our virtual pressroom at or our online bookstore at

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