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Monday, December 24, 2018

Writing as an emotional release

“An artist's love for what they create is what creates love.” – Sheila Heti

Born in Toronto, Canada, on Christmas Day, 1976, Heti first rose to fame as co-editor of the New York Times bestseller Women in Clothes, which features the voices of 639 women from around the world. She also is the author of 8 books, which to date have been translated into 18 languages.   Among those was the 2013 mega-bestseller How A Person Should Be, listed among numerous “best of” lists.  That same year, Time magazine listed her as one of the 150 “Most Influential People in the World,” after she was named among 15 writers who are “shaping the way we read and write fiction in the 21st century.”

“When you're writing,” she said,  “I think a big part of writing comes out of an attempt to understand yourself. You're dealing with emotions and thoughts that are native to you. So that probably winds up in your characters.”    
As a journalistic writer, Heti has conducted numerous interviews with other famous writers and artists and had her works printed in The New Yorker and The London Review of Books, among others.   And she has authored several plays, produced in both New York and Toronto.

“The reason I write is because I have questions,” Heti said.  “What I don't want is for people to forget that I'm a novelist and think I'm a sociologist or something. I don't want to feel trapped into a corner where I don't belong. “

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