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Thursday, March 5, 2020

Building Your 'Favorites' Library

“I think ever since I started to read, there have been favorite novels for different stages of my life. And one is never bumped out of place to yield to another. Instead, I just add to my favorite shelves.” – Robin Hobb

Born in California on this date in 1952 Hobb is actually Margaret Astrid Lindholm, who decided she’d rather be known by the names Robin Hobb and Megan Lindholm while writing.    And, she does a lot of that – writing that is – especially Fantasy fiction.  Since 1995 she’s written five different series set in the Realm of the Elderlings, beginning with Assassin's Apprentice and going through 2017’s Assassin's Fate.  Her books have sold well over a million copies. 
     Hobb’s initial writing successes were in children’s stories, writing as Megan Lindholm, the name she continued using when she moved into short stories set in the Fantasy world.  But when she decided to go to longer, epic-style Fantasy, she took on the Robin Hobb title.

Lindholm has lived in Alaska since age 10 with just a one-year move to Denver when she started her college studies.  She has been writing since her teen years and is noted for a style that is built from the main character outward.

“As the character talks and moves, the world around him is slowly revealed, just like dollying a camera back for a wider look at things,” she explained.   “So all my stories start with a character, and that character introduces setting, culture, conflict, government, economy... all of it, through his or her eyes.”

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