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
These days, she's studying creative writing,
and trying to slowly return to the life she left behind in 2007.