Exclusive Amazon Interview with Amanda Knox

KnoxFor four years, Amanda Knox felt silenced.

Italian prosecutors, who had accused her (and two accomplices) of murdering her roommate, called her the devil. The Italian press called her "angel faced killer." Knox’s only rebuttals came during those brief moments of addressing the court. Even after Knox was acquitted in 2011 and allowed to return home to Seattle—after nearly four years in prison—she stayed voluntarily silent. Now, in Waiting to Be Heard, she is finally telling her side of the story. In this exclusive interview with Amazon senior editor Neal Thompson, Knox explains that the book is more than her attempt to set the record straight. She also wants to share with others what it's like to be wrongly imprisoned. "Many people go through what I went through, and a lot of people don't come out of it," Knox said.

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.

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