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Interview with Kimi Cunningham Grant on her novel Fallen Mountains, writing, and inspirations.


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Kimi Cunningham Grant is the author of two books. Silver Like Dust is a memoir chronicling her Japanese-American grandparents and their internment during World War II. Her second book, Fallen Mountains, is a literary mystery set in a small town in Pennsylvania, where fracking has just begun. It will be released in March, 2019. Kimi is a two-time winner of a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Memorial Prize in Poetry and a recipient of a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts fellowship in creative nonfiction. Her poems and essays have appeared in Literary Mama, RATTLE, Poet Lore, and Whitefish Review. She studied English at Bucknell University and Messiah College. She lives, writes, and teaches in Pennsylvania.


The Interview with Kimi Cunningham Grant


Lou Pendergrast

Welcome thanks for stopping by in this busy time during your debut novel release.

 

Kimi Cunningham Grant

Thanks so much for having me! 


Lou Pendergrast

Tell more about this novel Fallen Mountains of yours, it reads like something that took you on quite journey to create, like many novels do, how long did it take to write?

 

Kimi Cunningham Grant

It took a very long time to write, actually. My first book, SILVER LIKE DUST, was creative nonfiction, but very narrative. I didn’t think the shift to fiction would be such a big leap, but I was wrong! I really have very little formal training in fiction, plus I became a mom during the years I was writing this, so it took a long time! 



LP

What was the inspiration and seed behind Fallen Mountains?

 

Kimi Cunningham Grant

Initially, I was drawn to the idea of land disputes. I’m very much a land person myself—I tend to attach to places and love them deeply. So, at first, I was curious just how far a person would go to protect a piece of land that he loved deeply. Of course, as I was writing, that initial idea bloomed into the bigger question of whether good people, under very specific pressures, might be pushed to do things they believe themselves to be incapable of. And that bloomed into the question of whether we can ever truly be free from our pasts.


LP

What does it feel like to send this baby into the world?

 

K.C.Grant

It’s both exhilarating and terrifying! I’m excited but also nervous to learn how people will respond to it.


LP

You start with mention of a quote one from Requiem for a Nun by William Faulkner in Fallen Mountains: “The past is never dead. It isn’t even past.” Tell me more about this please?

 

K.C.Grant

That particular Faulkner quote came to me as the novel began to become more and more about the theme of the haunting nature of one’s past. Do we need to come to terms with our past? Can we? How do we reconcile our past mistakes with our present notions of who and how we want to be?



LP

What time of day do you write. Do you write in a journal?

 

K.C.Grant

I try to write in the mornings before my kids wake up. I’ve never been good at journaling, though I envy people who do that well. 


LP

Other than writing, what else is your passion?

 

K.C.Grant

I’m a Christian, and my faith largely shapes who I am and how I interact in the world. I’m also very much an outdoors person. I love hiking, biking, kayaking, being in the woods… I feel most alive when I’m outside.


LP

Which authors and books inspired you to be a novelist?

 

K.C.Grant

I love so many books! I don’t know that specific ones inspired me to be a novelist, though I do remember reading and loving Susan Cooper and Elizabeth George Speare and Avi as a kid, and somewhat simultaneously wanting to be an author when I grew up! Some of my favorite recent adult books are by Delia Owens, Marilynne Robinson, Tom Franklin, and Emily St. John Mandel.


 


LP

When will we hope to have another novel out, any ideas on its theme?

 

K.C.Grant

I’m thick in revisions for a new novel right now, actually. It’s about a man who takes his daughter and heads to the woods to hide for eight years. One day, his tenuous existence begins to crumble, and he must ultimately make the impossible decision to save himself or save a stranger. It has been very fun to write, and I’m really excited about it. Fingers crossed that you’ll see it before too long! 😉


LP

That sounds great, will love to read it, all the best with that and your new novel.

Thank you for taking time out in answering some questions on your writing and the writing world.

 

K.C.Grant

Thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to read my novel and formulate such good questions!



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Reviewed by Lou Pendergrast on 05 March 2019