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Emma Donoghue's Profile

Brief about Emma Donoghue: By info that we know Emma Donoghue was born at 1969-10-24. And also Emma Donoghue is Irish Playwright.

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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.

Tags: Lie, Simple, Trying

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.

Tags: Both, Meet, Research

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.

Tags: Books, Lives, Writing

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.'

Tags: Give, Remember, Work

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.

Tags: Between, Difference, Write

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.

Tags: Good, Strong, Time

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.'

Tags: Often, Saying, Sometimes

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.

Tags: Bit, Book, Business

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.

Tags: Help, Sense, Thinking

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.

Tags: Fiction, Historical, Lives

Some writers can produce marvelous plots without planning it out, but I can't. In particular I need to know the structure of a novel: what's going to happen in each chapter and each scene.

Tags: Happen, Novel, Writers

There's no neutral language about travel. Either travel is described in ways that make it sound kind of shallow or just glossy or silly or a way for rich people to spend their time; or else travel is often described in quite derogatory ways, you know, like immigrants swarming across borders, for instance.

Tags: Rich, Time, Travel

You know the way there are two kinds of actors - the De Niro kind who's always De Niro, and then somebody like Daniel Day-Lewis, who transforms himself eerily? Well, I aim to be the Daniel Day-Lewis kind of writer. I don't have a house style.

Tags: Himself, House, Somebody

You know, plenty of people headed off to Canada or America on the basis of government information, propaganda campaigns. Often you'd go off with a brochure in hand and you'd turn up and it wouldn't be like that at all.

Tags: America, Government, Off

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.

Tags: Emotions, Normal, Parent

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.

Tags: Beautiful, Home, Work

A memoir is always the most authentic telling of a situation, but a novel gets to different places.

Tags: Novel, Places, Situation

Any parent knows how to be the ideal parent.

Tags: Ideal, Knows, Parent

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!'

Tags: Child, Eyes, Parent

I am clumsy, a late and nervous driver, and despise all sports except a little gentle dancing or yoga.

Tags: Except, Late, Sports

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