“Whether you are 12 or 70, you should sit down today and start being a writer if that is what you want to do. You might have to write on a notebook while your kids are playing on the swings or write in your car on your coffee break. That's okay. I think we've all 'been there, done that.' Just remember, it all starts with the writing.” – Robin Hobb
Born in March, 1952, Margaret Astrid Lindholm Ogden, who writes under the pen name of Robin Hobb, took her own advice and started writing for children’s magazines at the age of 18. While she was successful in that field, she thought she’d be better at science fiction and fantasy and decided to give it a try.
Good choice. Over the past 40 years she’s arguably been the most prolific writer in those fields while capturing most of the genre’s major awards. She has written five series set in the Realm of the Elderlings, which started in 1995 with the publication of Assassin's Apprentice and ended with Assassin's Fate in 2017. Her books have sold over a million copies.
Hobb has been praised by most critics as “the standard setter for modern serious fantasy.” And no less writer than George R.R. Martin (author of the Game of Thrones series) said she is the best fantasy writer he has ever read. “In today’s crowded fantasy market,” Martin said, “Robin Hobb’s books are like diamonds in a sea of zircons.”
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