Kim Edwards

#131903 Kim Edwards

My first job was in a nursing home - a terrible place in retrospect. It was in an old house, and the residents were so lonely. People rarely visited them. I only stayed there a couple of months, but it made a strong impression on me. .

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#131904 Kim Edwards

It's impossible to control the reception of your work - the only thing you can control is the experience of writing itself, and the work you create. .

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#131905 Kim Edwards

I love to swim, and I love being near water. .

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#131906 Kim Edwards

The way we behave, our views and outlooks really have their sources some place. They come from somewhere. Sometimes we don't even know what they are, and yet they're very powerful in our lives. .

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#131907 Kim Edwards

As a writer and as a reader, I really believe in the power of narrative to allow us ways to experience life beyond our own, ways to reflect on things that have happened to us and a chance to engage with the world in ways that transcend time and gender and all sorts of things. .

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#131908 Kim Edwards

I find my husband's family history fascinating, as they can trace the family lineage back to ancestors who fought, and died, in the first battle of the Revolution, as well as to many other interesting people. .

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#131909 Kim Edwards

I've always set my stories in places I know well. It frees me up to spend more imaginative time on the characters if I'm not worrying about the logistics. .

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#131910 Kim Edwards

Though Lexington is not a small town, it sometimes feels like one, with circles of acquaintance overlapping once, then again; the person you meet by chance at the library or the pool may turn out to be the best friend of your down-the-street neighbor. Maybe that's why people are so friendly here, so willing to be unhurried. .

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#131911 Kim Edwards

'The Lake of Dreams' grew gradually, over many years, elements and ideas accruing until they gained enough critical mass to become a novel. .

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#131912 Kim Edwards

We all have secrets. We've all kept secrets. We've had secrets kept from us, and we know how that feels. .

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#131913 Kim Edwards

You don't want to engage in road rage when the person in the next car might be your child's future teacher or your dentist's father. .

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#131914 Kim Edwards

Your understanding of a place changes the longer you stay; you discover more, and your own life gets woven into the fabric of the community. .

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#131915 Kim Edwards

After 'Memory Keeper's Daughter,' it took me a few months to shut out the world. I really had to turn off the Internet and sort of cloister myself away from the world again and sink into that psychic space to write again. .

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#131916 Kim Edwards

I lived for two years in Odawara, a castle town an hour outside of Tokyo, near the sea. It's a beautiful place, and I drew on my experiences there when writing 'The Lake of Dreams.' .

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#131917 Kim Edwards

Lexington is home to the University of Kentucky, where my husband and I teach, as well as to Transylvania University, the oldest college established west of the Allegheny Mountains, and several multinational companies; people come and go from all over the world. .

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#131918 Kim Edwards

The secret at the heart of 'The Memory Keeper's Daughter' is something everybody, except for some of the characters, knows in Chapter 1. Some of the narrative tension comes from that distance between what the readers know and what the characters know. .

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#131919 Kim Edwards

I don't think we'll ever lose the desire for people to tell stories or to hear stories or to be entrapped in a beautiful story. .

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#131920 Kim Edwards

I never know as a writer when I set out into a novel where it's going to take me. .

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#131921 Kim Edwards

William Trevor is an author I admire; his stories are subtle and powerful, and beautifully written. .

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#131922 Kim Edwards

Many Lexington natives believe they live in a special place, one impossible to leave. I'm not so sure about that - or it's more accurate to say I think a more general truth exists beneath it: the place you first call home stays with you always, whether you remain or go. .

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#131923 Kim Edwards

One of my greatest times of inspiration is when I'm traveling or living in a new country - there's a tremendous freedom that comes from being unfettered by your own, familiar culture, and by seeing the world from a different point of view. .

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#131924 Kim Edwards

I always talk to my students about the need to write for the joy of writing. I try to sort of disaggregate the acclaim from the act of writing. .

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#131925 Kim Edwards

I had a great life even before 'The Memory Keeper's Daughter' took off. I really enjoy teaching. .

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#131926 Kim Edwards

I like clothes that are elegant and comfortable. .

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#131927 Kim Edwards

I like to think I've grown as a writer and taken some risks, but I still consider myself to be a literary writer. .

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