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Stephen George

Alison Allen-Gray

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alison.gray@dsl.pipex.com
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Q: What were you like at school?

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According to my flashback, well-behaved and eager to learn. But you'd have to ask my teachers. I do remember biting the headmaster once (only once).

Q: What did you want to be when you were a child?

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It didn't occur to me that I would ever grow up. I focused on the moment, being an adventurer and builder of dens, sometimes alone, sometimes with friends, but always with my beloved collie dog, Micky. As a teenager I imagined myself as an actor, a writer or a stage designer. All three involve getting immersed in imaginary worlds. So - not far removed from being an adventurer and builder of dens, I guess.

Q: Which three words describe you best?

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Ask my friends!

Q: What is your favourite word?

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Friend.

Q: What makes you cringe?

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Rudeness.

Q: What are you afraid of?

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I'm not too keen on if-bitten-by-you're-dead kind of things like highly poisonous snakes and spiders. Now you've made me feel all jumpy... More seriously, I fear anything that would hurt those I love.

Q: When did you last have a really good laugh?

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Today, but I can't tell you why.

Q: What is your most treasured possession?

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I treasure people, not things. My cat is my most treasured non-person but, as cats can't really be possessed, I suppose he doesn't count. So let's go for the little pottery cat given to me by my treasured friend, Lynda.

Q: What do you do as a hobby?

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Go to the theatre - I love it!

Q: What strange habits do you have?

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I'm rather prone to talking to other people's animals as if I know them. I often sniff food before I eat it, which would be embarrassing in posh restaurants if ever I went to posh restaurants.

Q: What do you day dream about?

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Solving the world's problems.

Q: What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?

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I really admire people like engineers, inventors and scientists who do practical things to make life better for others. I'd love to be involved in things like bringing fresh water to those who need it or finding ways to improve agriculture or healthcare.

Q: Do you feel younger or older than your current age?

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Much, much younger. Holiday pics are a nightmare. I keep thinking 'Who IS that person wearing my clothes?'

Q: If you could meet one person, dead or alive, who would it be?

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A cruel question to ask an author! There are so many! I'd be honoured to share a cuppa and an Eccles cake with Victoria Wood.

Q: What quality do you most admire in a person?

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Kindness.

Q: What is the most interesting place you have ever visited?

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An underground cathedral carved out of salt.

Q: What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?

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Don't go near a horse if its ears are back.

Q: What has life taught you?

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That life is fragile and friends are precious. That you should try to have the courage to follow your dreams, which is easier written than done!

Q: How long have you been a writer?

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Like most children, I was story-making before I could write. I was first published in 1990.

Q: What are the best and worst things about being an author?

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The best thing is being told that your work is good enough to be published. And then there's the excitement of meeting your readers and discovering that your books have lives of their own in other peoples' minds. The worst thing is knowing that, however good you are, it's really hard to earn a living as a writer. But hey, what's the point of being a writer if you can't dream...?

Q: Which of your own characters do you most identify with?

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Dominic in 'Unique' because he has to struggle to find the truth and because he gets exasperated with silly rules. Beatrice in 'Lifegame' because she gets exasperated with silly rules.

Q: What book do you wish you had written?

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Oooh, loads! I love 'I Capture The Castle' by Dodie Smith, and I think 'The Book Thief' by Markus Zusak is a beautiful piece of work.

Q: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?

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You've got to keep going at it. Be persistent. Be brave. But also be humble, open and willing to learn.

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  • Unique

    Unique

    ISBN
    9 780192 755766
    Published By
    OUP
    Status
    In Print

  • Lifegame

    Lifegame

    ISBN
    978 0 19 272843 2
    Published By
    OUP
    Status
    In Print