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Friday, December 22, 2017

Using that unique writing voice

“It's good to have mysteries. It reminds us that there's more to the world than just making do and having a bit of fun.” – Charles de Lint
Born in The Netherlands on this date in 1951, de Lint emigrated with his parents to Canada in 1952 and grew up in Ottawa, where he still makes his home.  De Lint writes novels, novellas, short stories, poetry, and lyrics but primarily is a writer of fantasy fiction for adults and teens.  He has written widely in the subgenres of urban fantasy, contemporary magical realism, and mythic fiction.  Leading sellers among his nearly 100 titles are The Blue Girl, The Onion Girl, and Moonlight and Vines.

                Also an essayistst, critic, and folklorist de Lint’s a regular reviewer for The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction and has been a judge for the prestigious Nebula Award and the World Fantasy Award.    A teacher of creative writing as well, he and his wife MaryAnn Harris share a love of music and perform together often.  The multi-talented de Lint plays multiple instruments, sings and often writes the songs, examples of which can be heard on Harris’s album Crow Girls or on his own, Old Blue Truck.  
His advice for new writers is simple:  “Don't forget - no one else sees the world the way you do, so no one else can tell the stories that you have to tell.”

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