Author of Pamela Smart-inspired book asks for her parole

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — An author whose book “To Die For” was inspired by the Pamela Smart case is asking the governor to consider parole.

Smart is serving life without parole for being an accomplice to her husband’s murder.

Joyce Maynard’s 1992 book later was adapted into a Nicole Kidman movie.

Maynard recently sent a letter to New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan saying she didn’t intend her work of fiction to shape the public perception of Smart.

Smart began an affair with 15-year-old Billy Flynn while she worked at his high school. She was convicted of plotting the 1990 murder of her husband, Gregory.

Flynn shot him and got prison. Pamela Smart denied planning the murder.

Hassan’s spokesman says she doesn’t believe “jury verdicts should be overturned without clear evidence of a miscarriage of justice.”