Robin McKinley

Robin McKinley


Born
in Warren, Ohio, The United States
November 16, 1952

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Born in her mother's hometown of Warren, Ohio, Robin McKinley grew up an only child with a father in the United States Navy. She moved around frequently as a child and read copiously; she credits this background with the inspiration for her stories.

Her passion for reading was one of the most constant things in her childhood, so she began to remember events, places, and time periods by what books she read where. For example, she read Andrew Lang's Blue Fairy Book for the first time in California; The Chronicles of Narnia for the first time in New York; The Lord of the Rings for the first time in Japan; The Once and Future King for the first time in Maine. She still uses books to keep track of her life.

McKinley attended Gould Academy, a prep
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Here’s an example of the kind of real-world frelling frelling doodah that happens endlessly.  Had a street-mail envelope from one of my utility providers.  I opened it in an idle, not-paying-attention way, because I have all my utilities on direct debit so the whole diabolical payment machinery can happen without my interference.  I can be asleep or knitting or making soup or fighting ground e...

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“I don't put up with being messed around, and I don't suffer fools gladly. The short version of that is that I'm a bitch. Trust me, I can provide character references.”
Robin McKinley, Sunshine

“The story is always better than your ability to write it.”
Robin McKinley

“The train is roaring toward you and the villain is twirling his moustache and you're fussing that he's tied you to the tracks with the wrong kind of rope.”
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