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Barbara Kingsolver

(b. 1955– )

U.S. novelist, essayist, and poet.

“The best research gets your fingers dusty and your shoes dirty, especially because a novel is made of details. I had to translate places through my senses into the senses of my readers. I had to know what a place smelled like, what it sounded like when it rained in Mexico City. There’s no substitute for that. I’ve been steeped in evidence-based truth.”

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source: “Kahlo, Trotsky and Kingsolver,” Q&A by Cynthia Crossen, Wall Street Journal, October 30, 2009.

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“A career is built one paragraph at a time. I wrote six books and a blue-million articles before anything of mine hit the bestseller lists. I don’t know any shortcuts. But if you’re really a writer, that’s no problem, because you’d rather be writing than anything else.”

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source: Frequently Asked Questions on www.kingsolver.com

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