Kimberling: I love it from a great distance. There are many things in Indiana that I appreciate more for having lived abroad. Turoni's Pizza in Evansville tops the list. Bloomington and Brown County are outstanding, and the Ohio is the most beautiful river in the world, as Thomas Jefferson observed 200-odd years ago. Not sure what the beautiful-river criteria are, but it's true. I think a lot, in a possibly European-inflected way, about the cultural heritage of southern Indiana (five words that do not often appear in that sequence). It's not all pretty, but it's all important.
CNN: What's it like now, having moved to England, and would you ever return to the Hoosier State?
Kimberling: I would certainly return to the Hoosier State. I spent three months there last summer with my wife and son, in fact, and all of us enjoyed it immensely. That said, after 10 years in England, there were a few things I found a wee bit alarming. Health care costs and the size of the average pickup truck, for example. The idea that random civilians may carry guns or, for that matter, that the police do carry guns. I suppose I experience a mild form of culture shock.
CNN: What's next for you?
Kimberling: I am working on another novel also set in southern Indiana.