Robin McKinley Biography
Robin McKinley marks her life by the books she has read throughout the world. Her father was in the navy, so her family moved many times. McKinley learned to find solace in literature. She began writing professionally at the age of twenty-six. Her young adult books generally feature strong heroines that have personality traits similar to McKinley’s own, such as clumsiness and a general lack of interest in dating. She believes that girls should be “doing things” and hopes to inspire young women to do just that through her stories. Even her novels that focus on romance portray the heroines as strong women who do not betray their own goals in order to win a man’s love. Her most renowned books are the fantasy stories Blue Sword and The Hero and the Crown, both set in the fictional land of Damar.
Facts and Trivia
- McKinley recalls just what books she has read where. For instance, she remembers reading The Chronicles of Narnia in New York, The Lord of the Rings in Japan, and The Once and Future King in Maine.
- McKinley won the Newbery Medal in 1985 for her book The Hero and the Crown.
- McKinley loves opera and long walks. She credits both of them with keeping her imagination strong.
- McKinley has said that girls growing up go through a phase where they believe in destiny and feel that they are lost princesses.
- In addition to her fantasy novels, McKinley has written updated versions of Beauty and the Beast and Sleeping Beauty.
- While writing The Blue Sword, McKinley suffered an injury when a horse fell on her hand, and it delayed the writing for six weeks.
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