WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2018

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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writing full time, teaching writing, or editing. WWM: What's the most difficult part of your artistic process? KM: There are days I sit there and just lay down track, putting words on a page that aren't very good, but it's moving me forward. I'm comforted by the idea that I can revise and make it better. WWM: Why did you choose to write about Kick Kennedy? KM: When Downton Abbey had its shining moment, WGBH aired a documentary called "Secrets of the Manor House" and Highclere Castle was the marquee house, because that was where Downton was filmed. One of the other houses was Chatsworth, which was the ancestral home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. For a few minutes, they discussed Kick and Billy's relationship, and how it was a big deal for Catholics and Protestants to marry. I thought, "There's a story there." That was six years ago. WWM: What kind of research did you do, and how long did you spend researching before beginning The Kennedy Debutante? KM: It was almost two years between getting the idea, then starting to work on it in a mean- ingful way. I read many books on the Kennedys, including one 1983 biography called Kathleen Kennedy: Her Life and Times (Doubleday) by Lynne McTaggart and Will Swift's book The 177 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 8

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