The young American who was convicted and eventually acquitted of murdering her roommate Meredith Kercher in Italy, Amanda Knox, has always considered herself as a writer. Before her tragic trip to Italy, she wrote short stories under the name Foxy Knoxy. Later she studied creative writing at the University of Washington, where she graduated from last year. Now she’s writing theatre reviews and small features for her local newspaper, the West Seattle Herald. Her managing editor Ken Robinson says, “She’s very good.”
Her biggest feat as a writer, so far, was her 2013 memoir, Waiting To Be Heard. With four years in prison behind her, she worked with ghostwriter Linda Kulman who had previously collaborated with boxer George Foreman and Socks, the Clintons’ First Cat. Knox thanked Kulman for having “turned my rambling into writing.” There was evidence of “genuine writing” in the book. According to New York Times book reviewer Sam Tanenhaus, “Knox’s descriptions of her cellmates, including one who collected food wrappers and inkless pens…convey authentic feeling — more feeling than her tidy assessments of the life lessons she has learned and her protests that ‘the people who loved me considered my kookiness endearing.’” Knox was paid a reported $4 million for the book.