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All Quotes by author - Emma Donoghue
" Ah yes, the paradox of publicity is that even as we do it, we know it's killing off the chance of another reader happening across our book in the ideal state of innocence. "
" A memoir is always the most authentic telling of a situation, but a novel gets to different places. "
" Any parent knows how to be the ideal parent. "
" Before I had kids, I thought you should never lie to a kid. But now I've had them, I realize you almost lie to them by definition, because if you're trying to summarize something for your 1-year-old, you put it in very simple terms. You only gradually complicate the explanation as they get older. "
" Every parent has those moments where they look at their child and think, 'There's a demon in those eyes and no one can see it but me!' "
" For all that being a parent is normal statistically, it's not normal psychologically. It produces some of the most extreme emotions you'll ever have. "
" I am clumsy, a late and nervous driver, and despise all sports except a little gentle dancing or yoga. "
" I come out of an academic background, and I'm aware that what I'm doing is simultaneously research and fiction. I want to meet both those obligations. "
" Identity politics are wearisome; you don't want to go on speaking for any one group as a writer. "
" I got in the habit of giving away a book as soon as I've finished it because I lived in a housing co-op at Cambridge and had no space to keep books. "
" I hate desks; they make me feel like a child doing homework. "
" I have never been depressed or thrown a plate, which I attribute to the cathartic effects of writing books about people whose lives are more grueling than mine. "
" I love it when novels contain a broad cast of characters, including queer ones. "
" I'm a huge planner, more and more so as the years go by. "
" I'm constantly saying, 'I read a fascinating article in 'The New Yorker'... ' I say it so often that sometimes I think I have nothing interesting to say myself, I merely regurgitate 'The New Yorker.' "
" I'm finding that success is way more time-consuming than failure ever was. "
" I'm named after Jane Austen's Emma, and I've always been able to relate to her. She's strong, confident but quite tactless. "
" I'm not at all snobby about book prizes and how they pollute the world of literature. Just like with the Olympics, a little bit of competition gets people truly engrossed in the business of literature. "
" I'm really not one of these procrastinators who cleans the house in order to put off writing, but life gets in the way. "
" I read three books a week. "
" I remember a period where my publisher said to me, 'Look, your historical work is selling much better than your contemporary work, so please give us more historicals.' "
" I tend to be so lost in the work that I don't notice the weather. My partner will come home and say, 'Beautiful day, wasn't it?' and I'll say, 'Was it?' as I won't have noticed the real world at all. "
" I think it would be a shame for any writer to let their publishers in any way corral them into a single genre. "
" I think the only difference between me and other people is that when I hear of an interesting historical incident, I immediately write it down and Google it. "
" It's painful to consider anything but writing. "
" I've always been religiously inclined, but it doesn't come up in most of my books. "
" I've been writing full-time since I was 23. "
" I would say I have sort of a natural gift for character, and following one person's point of view at a time, and dialogue, but I'm not naturally good at strong plot. "
" Kids delight in 'magical thinking', whether in the form of the Tooth Fairy or the saints: whether you see these as comforting lies or eternal verities, they are part of how we help kids make sense of the world. "
" One thing I like about historical fiction is that I'm not constantly focusing on me, or people like me; you're obliged to concentrate on lives that are completely other than your own. "
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