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Stephen George

Andy Briggs

http://www.andybriggs.co.uk/
andybriggs@inbox.com
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Q: What were you like at school?

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Oh... um... a complete geek. Somethings never change...

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

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A writer and a film maker.

Q: Which three words describe you best?

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Enthusiastic. It's just one word, but I generally have the enthusiasm for three people.

Q: What is your favourite word?

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It changes. Currently it's "noggin"

Q: What makes you cringe?

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People inflated with a sense of their own importance. They never are remotely important or interesting.

Q: What are you afraid of?

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I'm terrified of not knowing what I'm afraid of... I used to be quite frightened of things, then I did several documentaries in haunted houses. That seemed to cure my fear of everything.

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

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Last time I watched DUMB AND DUMBER

Q: What is your most treasured possession?

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Maybe my original hand-painted animation cell of Daffy Duck and Porky Pig...

Q: What do you do as a hobby?

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Watch films and travel as much as humanly possible. Alas, most of the travel is usually about work - but it gets me out of the house.

Q: What’s your favourite food?

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Shortbread and strawberries.... mmmm....

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

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Nikola Tesla the genius inventor

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

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The Amazon jungle on my way to Angel Falls

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

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A single success is based on a thousand failures. Never give up.

Q: How long have you been a writer?

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I've always wanted to be a writer, so have always written. As far back as school I loved writing stories. But a paid (and therefore professional) writer... that came when I was about 19 and still in college. I started writing with my brother, coming up with story lines for the Highlander TV show.

Q: Was there a specific moment in your life when you decide to become a writer?

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Because I enjoyed reading comics - from the Beano through the Spiderman and Daredevil - I had always thought that my stories could entertain people. I can't think of a specific time I thought "I want to be a writer", but it happened because I liked reading and creating my own tales of high adventure!

Q: Where do you do your writing?

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Either on the couch, resisting the temptation to watch The Simpsons, or in my office - which is filled with comic books and toys; both of which are distracting.

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

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The best thing is the freedom to work when and where I want... although "freedom" is an odd word because a writer is often writing to a deadline. The worst thing is probably the re-writes. My book work is usually accepted after a few polishes, but sometimes a screenplay can be completely re-written several times over before a producer, director or actor is happy with it. Although, occasionally, re-writes can also be the best part because listening to people can improve your story. Sometimes.

Q: Where do you get your greatest ideas from?

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A small magic chest buried in my garden.

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

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Maybe Jake Hunter in Villain.net... not that I'm evil, of course! I identify with his perseverance against all the odds.

Q: What do you do to combat “writers’ block”?

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I find that writing several projects at a time overrides the dreaded block. Writer's block usually comes to people who are staring at their story until they get blinded and can't see beyond it. When I get hit with a problem in a book, for example, I'll just put it aside and write several pages of a screenplay (until I hit a problem with that!) then return to the book. Usually, the problem has solved itself in my head and I can jump straight back into writing!

Q: What was your favourite book as a child?

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The Hobbit, by JRR Tolkien... or The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.

Q: What book do you wish you had written?

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The list is too long...

Q: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?

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Never quit. Don't listen to people who say "you can't", but always take advice from people who do.

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