Best-Selling Author Speaks to his Fans in Cambridge

Tyler Waldow

New-York Times best-selling author, seller of over 1,000,000 books, and Minnesota’s own William Kent Krueger spoke to a packed auditorium on Thursday, April 9th. His riveting presentation was to promote his Edgar Award-winning novel, Ordinary Grace.

Krueger began his presentation talking about his inspiration to become a writer as well as his favorite aspects about his book. Ordinary Grace, William Kent Krueger said when I asked him what his your favorite book he’s written. He replied, “It’s the best written and most personal to me as well as dealing with important issues.” I also asked him what his favorite aspect of coming to Anoka-Ramsey Community College and speaking to all his fans is: “I love to connect to readers and talk about my book,” he said. “Who wouldn’t like to speak to their fans and connect with them while also talking about certain things they liked about my books?”

He spoke for about forty-five minutes, then left the floor open for his fans in attendance to ask him questions not only on Ordinary Grace, but as well as his writing process and even how he comes up with characters’ names. “My process consists of doing all my writing in a coffee shop. When writing Ordinary Grace, I couldn’t wait to leap out of bed and head down to the shop and continue writing it.”

Judith Kissner, owner of Scout and Morgan Books and one of the sponsors of the event, had this to say about her favorite aspect of William Kent Krueger coming to ARCC and speaking to all his fans: “It gives the people of Cambridge the opportunity to get to know a best-selling author and the best-selling author of our state. It also gives his fans an opportunity to reflect their ideas on his books and ask questions about his writing process and style.” The best-selling author said he’s also working on a companion novel to Ordinary Grace titled Tender Land, which he says won’t be out until March of 2016.

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