Following up on my news quip on Friday, I wanted to let you know that William Kent Krueger’s book TRICKSTER’S POINT spent its first week listed as number 12 on the New York Times bestseller list. Congratulations Kent!!
I thought I would share just a bit more about him to celebrate…
“At nineteen, I wanted to be Ernest Hemingway. I read everything by him and about him. In the course of my reading, I stumbled onto a couple of pieces of information concerning Papa's lifestyle that I tried to incorporate into my own way of being. First of all, Hemingway never wore underwear. Well hell, I thought, whatever was good enough for Papa was good enough for me. Right away I discovered that Hemingway must have been made of sterner stuff, and I went back to wearing my beloved Fruit of the Looms. But I also learned in my reading that Hemingway's favorite time of day for writing was at first light. I gave it a try. And I liked it.”
When Krueger and his wife moved to St. Paul, she went to law school, and a block from his home he found “a café called the St. Clair Broiler that opened its doors at 6:00 a.m. I began rising at 5:30 to groom and prepare for the day, then I'd hit the Broiler and spend an hour or so writing before I hustled off to my job that kept food on the table and a roof over our heads. Mostly I wrote short stories, some of which were published, and couple of which won awards. Writing longhand in cheap wire-bound notebooks in booth #4 at the Broiler became for me a part of the magic of the creative process."Although I write full time now and don't have to get up at the crack of dawn, I still do. The St. Clair Broiler and I have separated, not because of anything on their part, but because I moved. I still live in St. Paul, but such a great distance from the Broiler that it would be a difficult commute to write there every morning. I still do all my creative work in a coffee shop; it’s just a different coffee shop and… it's still the best time of every day. Not only am I dreaming in those hours, I'm fulfilling the dream."
William Kent Krueger's website is www.williamkentkrueger.com
Trickster's Point by William Kent Krueger. Atria. 2012.