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Stephen George

Anna McQuinn

http://www.annamcquinn.com
anzi.mcquinn@googlemail.com
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Q: What were you like at school?

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I actually really liked school - I liked finding stuff out and being with friends. My favourite subjects were maths, English and art. When I was about 7, I moved from the large primary school I was in to go to the tiny, two-teacher school my dad taught in. The first year I was there, I was in 'The Missus' Room' and Mrs Murphy was my teacher, then I moved into 'The Master's Room' and my dad was my teacher for the next 5 years! It was a little bit odd having my dad as my teacher, but he was quite a fair person and I was lucky nobody thought he favoured me so my friends just treated me like any other classmate (though it was VERY weird when they came to my house to play).

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

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I think this changed all the time. Quite a lot of the time I wanted to be a teacher, like my mum and dad. When I was about 14, I started wanting to be a heart surgeon or a physiotherapist - I had just started competing in Athletics and I was very interested in how the heart worked.

Q: Which three words describe you best?

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Intense, talkative, fair

Q: What is your favourite word?

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Too hard question - I have lots! If I have to whittle it down, my top words are sumptuous, jollification and Zimbabwe

Q: What are you afraid of?

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Being really cold, people who are angry, people who hate

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

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With my friends Margaret, Jana and Marijn over lunch by the South Bank.

Q: What is your most treasured possession?

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Books

Q: What do you do as a hobby?

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I listen to music and play and sing I watch basketball

Q: What strange habits do you have?

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I kick off my shoes immediately I come in the house and I spend a lot of time wandering around looking for them whenever I have to go out again.

Q: What’s your favourite food?

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Steak - especially Kerry steak from Burke's Butchers in Milltown, Co Kerry. I'm also rather addicted to Semifredo - whenever I can get it.

Q: What do you day dream about?

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Living by the sea... Writing a long novel

Q: What’s the most outrageous thing you’ve done?

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I broke into a park at night with some friends and we played on the swings

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

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I would like to have been a heart surgeon... I also like planning things and I'd quite like a job that was mainly that - something to do with logistics.

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

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I feel a lot younger.

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

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Kindness

Q: What would you most like to change about yourself?

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I'd like to be more resilient and less hurt by things other people say and do (especially unintentional things).

Q: What has life taught you?

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Know thyself

Q: How long have you been a writer?

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Working as an editor and publisher, I developed a lot of concept books (and wrote the texts for them) from about 1993, but I didn't feel I became a 'proper writer' until my name went on the front of Wanda's Washing Machine in 2005.

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

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No, I kind of fell into it from editing - I did decide very consciously to work in publishing however, in 1989.

Q: Where do you do your writing?

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Most writers talk about having little notebooks and writing on trains and stuff. I often think of ideas and I NEVER have that little notebook to hand so I scribble on the backs of train tickets and menus. I put it all together in my office - the spare bedroom in my house. I still quite like to write longhand - but then I type it into the computer and play around with it.

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

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The best is when a child enjoys your book. The worst is having to present ideas to publishers and editors.

Q: Where do you get your greatest ideas from?

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I very rarely know at the time - I'll just sit down and write a story - once it's done, I usually realise that it's something I've been reading about and thinking about for a while - so from life around me, I guess.

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

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Wanda - because I'm a messy eater too. Lulu because she loves books so much.

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

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I read. I shop. Sometimes I tidy the house.

Q: What was your favourite book as a child?

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Walter Macken's Flight of the Doves - it taught me that people like me got to be in books. I also read Little Women probably 30 times and Black Beauty 10 times.

Q: What book do you wish you had written?

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The Butcher Boy by Patrick McCabe or Kissing the Witch by Emma Donoghue. Of the children's books, I'd die happy and content if I'd written Lilly and the Purple Plastic Purse.

Q: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?

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Read. Don't ever think that being published is the only sign that you're good.

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