I don't really get romance. Bring me fish or moose, not flowers.

— Eden Robinson

The most passioned Eden Robinson quotes that will activate your inner potential

I was born on the same day as Edgar Allan Poe and Dolly Parton: January 19.

I am absolutely certain that this affects my writing in some way.

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I find myself moved by social justice issues.

I'm not sure where that will lead me. I'm willing to nurture it.

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I think we learn slowly as a group, but we learn. The ozone layer is still there.

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Autumn. Pretty leaves, pumpkin pie and sweaters. Perfect weather for reading. Winter is great but I hate shoveling.

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I think the best advice I got was to not worry about what other people would think while you were working on your first draft. Focus on getting it out of your head. You can always edit the manuscript later.

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The States has more publishers and a wider range of aesthetics but so much more competition - the amount of writers vying for the same spot as you is staggering. I think they're different challenges, but equally frustrating when you're trying to get your foot in the door.

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I have carpal tunnel so I can't write more than four hours total without tingling numbness. I take a lot of breaks and do stretches.

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I've had people who see all my characters as Native, even if they aren't.

It's kind of like assuming all a writer's characters are really female because the writer is a woman. I've learned to let that go.

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In general, Americans like to be entertained. Canadians seem more suspicious of it.

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I usually tame my off-kilter sense of humor for novels.

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We have good people. We have selfless people. We have great leaders.

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If I have a clear spot in my schedule, I like to tackle the heavy scenes that require the heightened emotion and focus of a long writing session. Otherwise, I have daily obligations that can't be ignored.

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About Eden Robinson

Quotes 34 sayings
Profession Novelist
Birthday January 19, 1968

We can be the new brand of self-extincting dinosaurs or we can evolve.

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Our ability to factory farm animals is coldly psychopathic.

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The world is fine. Our place on it is precarious.

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I think we're in a 1970s-level moment of social transition and they're always full of upheaval. As violent and deranged as we can be to each other and to other species, we've got nothing on tsunamis, hurricanes or tornadoes.

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I don't think anyone's normal.

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Fewer publishers mean you have a limited set of aesthetics, so you know who can and can't send your work to. You have more situations where you take the offer or don't get published or you learn to self-publish.

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The push and pull of representing your world responsibly and your artistic license is a tricky balance.

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I do get flak for the lack of romance in my stories.

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Writing about your community is difficult for any writer.

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If I gave up writing, I'd have to find an equally obsessive way to fill my time.

Yarn-bombing skyscrapers or making houses out of empty soda bottles.

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Canadians are fond of darker stories, serious stories, so if you're a Mystery writer or a Romance writer or Fantasy Writer, you will most likely have an American publisher and agent.

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People with antisocial personality disorders aren't automatically bad - they simply approach the world with a more ruthless set of lenses. The lack of empathy or very weak empathy and the ability to read other people's weak spots can be a flammable combination when you get in the way of something they want. But they aren't a different species. They're a part of our spectrum.

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The critiques I received from my father's community didn't actually have to do with any of the things I'd been afraid of - spiritual or cultural aspects - they were more annoyed that I'd killed off this character or those characters hadn't hooked up or I'd done an open ending and it didn't give them a sense of closure that they were expecting.

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My family is filled with wonderful storytellers.

I lack their gift of gab, so it's a relief to be able to write.

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Dad and Mom were frustrated artists - Dad wanted to study engineering or architecture and Mom wanted to be an actress - but the world was a different place when they were young so Dad became a public works foreman and Mom became a stay-at-home mom. When I said I wanted to be a writer, they were thrilled. They did everything in their power to support me.

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Our ability to turn off empathy for specific kinds of humans and then use faulty logic to justify our beliefs is messily sociopathic.

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Once your writing is out there, you can't control how other people perceive it.

All you can do is stand in your truth.

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I miss smoking (two to four packs a day) but I don't miss the crackle in my lungs when I breathed.

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I don't know if I have a book in me, but I'm sure I have more essays.

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In general, I'm careful when I'm dealing with subjects of deep cultural importance and write with abandon when I'm dealing with issues of personal dysfunction.

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I don't see the point of pretending we're clones.

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