Will Gibson

The Secret Life of Eddie Kitchens

The Secret Life of Eddie Kitchens - Will Gibson

Yet another book that completely caught off guard. I immediately fell in love with Eddie and found myself surprised again and again where this plot led me. Gibson does an amazing job at leading the reader to feel what Eddie is feeling rather than simply telling the story. 

The plot is rich with detail and description, and the characters are so well developed that I felt as though I knew them. 

I also appreciated being able to see the daughter's perspective as she realizes that her mother was not ONLY the person she knew her to be, but that she had also lived this incredible other life -- even if it was only for a short period of time. 

Thoroughly loved this book. I cannot recommend it enough. Great read. 


Some Bio Information

Author WILL GIBSON founded the American Black Book Writers Association as its first president and trade journal editor-in-chief. He served on the advisory board of the Black Authors: Selection of Sketches from Contemporary Authors, Gale Research. He is the author of many novels, including the following:

  • The Reverend Viola Flowers
  • The Bishop’s Granddaughters
  • The Daughters of Joe Stubbs
  • The Hidden Life of Eddie Kitchens
  • Lola & The World of Buddy Shortt
  • A Song For Terri Ross
  • Estella & Sylvia
  • Running With Mr. Bell
  • The Man With The Silver Tongue
  • Cedar Hill
  • Leaves Can’t Fly


1. What inspired you to write this book?

I wanted to write something that saluted the Black Press that with meager resources and often suffering scorn and ridicule from mainstream journalism almost singlehandedly provided the African American people with the information and coverage they needed to stay proud and strong as a race in their long struggle for Equal Rights. Being a novelist I needed a good story in which to express that homage, and along came Eddie Kitchens with her camera and adventures.

2. Can you tell us a little bit about your writing style? 

I am a fan of Joyce Carol Oates who only writes stories that strike her fancy, and those stories are hard to pigeon-hole, whether about boxing or love.  I like to think the same is true of my novels, whether about formula one auto-racing or dancing. And also like Ms. Oates, my central characters usually end up being strong females.

3. Who is your favorite fictional character? 

My favorite fictional character has to be Spartacus in Howard Fast’s famous novel by the same name. That book showed me as a young boy the power a good novel has to change a reader’s life.

4. How would you describe your writing style? 

To me as an author of eleven novels, writing style is less important than getting my plot and characters right.

5. Describe the perfect writing environment. 

The perfect writing environment is to be alone in the comfort and quiet of my study with soft classical music in the background.

6. What would you like readers to take away from your book?

The pure pleasure of the story, plus the feeling that you are a bigger and better person for reading it.

7. What’s your ultimate writing goal? 

My ultimate writing goal is to write as many good stories as I can before my imagination dries up