The Naples 10: Sue Monk Kidd

Lush landscape, beautiful beaches and pristine settings—that’s what Naples is known for. What can be surprising is who might be lunching on the other side of the restaurant, or dropping by Wynn’s Market for a last-minute ingredient. Many of these notables chose Naples because of its quiet beauty and the ability to fly under the radar. We introduce 10 interesting, and possibly surprising, neighbors.


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   Sue Monk Kidd | Author

Sue Monk Kidd - author of The Secret Life of Bees - photo cred: Vanessa RogersWriter Sue Monk Kidd (right) feels she’s in just the right place. A year ago she permanently moved with her husband, Sandy, daughter Ann, and Ann’s family to a home on Marco Island. She has found her muse there for her next writing project, even as she prepares to celebrate the tenth anniversary of her first and most recognized novel The Secret Life of Bees, which was made into a major motion picture in 2008. The author is two years into researching her first historical novel, set in Charleston, South Carolina. In the midst of that project, she and her daughter decided to simplify their lives and move to Florida full-time following a lifetime in the South. “I love the rhythm I’m in,” Kidd says. “I take a walk on the beach every morning and come back and work. I have a nice view of the Gulf from my study. It’s so nourishing; very muse-like. I don’t know how the landscape and this particular place help me work, but they do.” Moving to Florida gave her a distance from Charleston. “The story is about two sisters who had to leave Charleston,” she says. “It’s an interesting parallel.” As she settles into her Florida life, Kidd doesn’t doubt that her current environment may work its way into future work. Her daughter Ann, who co-wrote Kidd’s last book, a memoir titled Traveling With Pomegranates, is working on a novel of her own set in Southwest Florida.


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