Elizabeth Smart Ready to Write About Nine-Month Ordeal

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Elizabeth Smart joins Idaho State Treasurer Ron Crane at the Smart Women, Smart Money conference October 26.
  • Jordyn Price
  • Elizabeth Smart joins Idaho State Treasurer Ron Crane at the Smart Women, Smart Money conference Oct. 26.

Elizabeth Smart, who recently told a Boise audience that she was given "a second chance at life," says she's now ready to pen a memoir detailing her nine-monthlong kidnapping at the age of 14.

Smart, now 25, is a senior at Brigham Young University and married to Mormon missionary Matthew Gilmour. She's also the founder and president of the Elizabeth Smart Foundation.

In October, Smart visited Boise as keynote speaker for the 13th annual Smart Women, Smart Money Financial Conference.

Acknowledging her past and explaining the decisions that saved her life, she firmly proclaimed, "I did come back. I was given a second chance at life."

Smart was taken from her Utah home in 2002 by Brian David Mitchell, who was convicted in December 2010 of kidnapping and unlawful transportation of a minor across state lines for purposes of illegal sex. He was sentenced to life in prison for his crimes. Smart’s kidnapper had done handyman work at the Smart’s house prior to her kidnapping.

Smart's publicist told the Associated Press that her book will detail her ordeal but will also include passages about her involvement with her foundation.

“She started the foundation to get her message across," Christopher Thomas told the AP. "And the book was another way to do it.”

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