Who is Fleur Robins?

Fleur Robins is a skipping, whirling, socially clueless, Earth-reverencing, body-bemoaning, quirkily gifted young girl whose blossoming over the course of three books leads her from obsessing over the Void to discovering the pivotal role of the human heart in addressing our species’ direst dilemmas. Follow Fleur, the enchanting creation of novelist Sharon Heath, on the next leg of her remarkable journey.

 

 

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“The human imagination is a living miracle: our bridge to the wonderings and wisdom of the ancients, to the vibrancy of the present—and to world-altering possibilities. I’m drawn to write stories about socially awkward odd ducks and gifted outsiders who stumble from self-doubt and loneliness toward the solace of love, who sense the suffering of the Earth and seek the mysteries of the universe, who are flawed and goofy and occasionally scarily destructive, and who struggle to find the courage to face the void, sometimes finding within it seeds of renewal, gratitude, and even joy.”

“I ask the trees what purpose we humans could possibly have evolved to fulfill, given our disrespect for their beauty and the beauty of the interwoven natural order. They don’t reveal their secret entirely—they’re trees, after all, and a tree needs to preserve a decent amount of mystery—but they assure me that our species is here for a reason and that some of us are doing a fine job of it. So I want to give a shoutout to those of you who are trying to do justice to the faith of the trees. It would be a damned shame to disappoint them.”

“It’s times like these that we desperately feel the need to be holding each other and holding one another up, exchanging our fears and deepest hopes, sharing the light of connection by which we humans have made our way through the terrifying unknown—what The Fleur Trilogy’s eponymic heroine calls “the void”—for 200,000 years.”

“(I was) very depressed as a child…and I found precious moments of escape reading everything from the backs of Cheerios boxes to Anna Karenina. I just knew back then that writing stories for others to enjoy would be the most wondrous calling in the world. I also ‘knew’ that I might as well forget that desire, as I had no imagination. When…Fleur emerged from within me, chock-full of whimsical, dreadful, and unusual imagination, I realized that something long pent-up and previously invisible was getting released. The sweet irony is that my second—and also abandoned—ambition as a girl was to become an astronomer. The deliciousness of writing about an imaginative child whose insatiably curious mind inquires into the nature of the cosmos hasn’t been lost on me!”

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Return of the Butterfly: From Fleur, with Love

Sometimes the best way to read a novel is to write one. Over a decade ago, something like that began happening to me. I'd already been working at the craft of fiction for many years when it occurred to me that it might be interesting to try writing a first person...

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An Immodest Proposal: Zero Tolerance for Child Abuse

"And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me. But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea." ...

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Singing in the Dark Times

Today I find myself turning again to those fateful lines from  Bertolt Brecht's Motto to the Svendborg Poems, penned in 1939: “In the dark times  Will there also be singing?  Yes, there will also be singing. About the dark times.” In 2017, we humans (or...

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