Emma Donoghue's Quotes
Biography of Emma Donoghue
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
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
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.Tags: Away, Book, Giving
I love it when novels contain a broad cast of characters, including queer ones.Tags: Characters, Love, Queer
I think it would be a shame for any writer to let their publishers in any way corral them into a single genre.Tags: Shame, Single, Writer
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I'm finding that success is way more time-consuming than failure ever was.Tags: Failure, Finding, Success
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.Tags: Able, After, Strong
I'm really not one of these procrastinators who cleans the house in order to put off writing, but life gets in the way.Tags: Life, Put, Writing
I've always been religiously inclined, but it doesn't come up in most of my books.Tags: Books, Inclined
Identity politics are wearisome; you don't want to go on speaking for any one group as a writer.Tags: Group, Politics, Writer
The great thing about a short story is that it doesn't have to trawl through someone's whole life; it can come in glancingly from the side.Tags: Great, Life, Someone
You cannot predict literary success; the only way you can possibly aim for it is to do your thing and do it well.Tags: Aim, Cannot, Success
You're meant to have an unhappy childhood to be a writer, but there's a lot to be said for a very happy one that just lets you get on with it.Tags: Happy, Said, Unhappy