Knox said that writing the book (which reportedly earned a $4 million advance from her publisher) was both cathartic and painful. "There's only so much anger you can allow yourself to feel, or sadness,” she said. “And I was incredibly surprised at how hard it was at times to write."
During the difficult years in prison, Knox tried to stay connected to her “real life” by writing letters home and writing in her journals (many of which were confiscated). She read books that helped her temporarily escape, including Douglas Adams' Ultimate Hitchhikers's Guide to the Galaxy--"this big book full of hilarious wittiness"--and Marilyn Robinson's Housekeeping.
These days, she’s studying creative writing, and trying to slowly return to the life she left behind in 2007.