Brewster author Jacquelyn Mitchard, who was the author of Oprah Winfrey’s very first book club selection “The Deep End Of The Ocean,” reveals that she lost all of her money to a crooked financial adviser and even had apply for food stamps.
“Everything, all the money is gone,” Mitchard, 64, says in a preview clip for Oprah’s “Where Are They Now,” set to air Saturday.
Mitchard’s novel sold 5 million copies and was made into a movie, she and her family were living their dream. But in 2009 her assistant called to tell her her bank accounts had been emptied. All her money – including funds she had set aside to put her nine kids through college – was gone.
Mitchard, who has said she was once a multi-millionaire, couldn’t pay the taxes on her home. She had to apply for food stamps to feed her family.
“Christmas came from Craigslist; Goodwill became our Macy’s,” she wrote in 2011.
Trevor Gilson Cook pled guilty to one count of mail fraud and one count of tax evasion for orchestrating the scheme. In a plea agreement, Cook admitted that from January 2007 through July 2009 he defrauded at least 1,000 people but he never made restitution.
Now Mitchard is bouncing back with a new novel “Two If By Sea,” about a man who rescues a young boy from a tsunami and later finds out the child has special gifts.
See Mitchard’s full interview at at 10 p.m. Saturday (March 19) on the OWN network.