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Stephen George

Ann Bryant

http://www.annbryant.co.uk
bryantann@btinternet.com
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Q: What did you want to be when you were a child?

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a ballerina

Q: Which three words describe you best?

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vibrant I'm told!

Q: What are you afraid of?

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Wasps. And on a much deeper level of fear, losing a member of my family or a close friend.

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

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earlier today

Q: What do you do as a hobby?

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Reading, theatre, cinema, gym, swimming, walking, cycling

Q: What’s your favourite food?

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I love the 'offee' part of banoffee pie. It's basically boiled consensed milk which ends up like the most delicious caramel. But my second favourite food is green vegetables, so that balances it out!

Q: What do you day dream about?

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roller blading round Amsterdam

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

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Definitely younger! Everyone does!

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

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Paul Merton

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

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Awareness

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

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Kenya

Q: What were you like at school?

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My primary school days were happy-go-lucky. I have one vivid memory of being told off by Mrs Brown for losing my temper with another child in the playground, and then Mrs Brown apologising to me the next day because she'd realised I'd only been defending my little brother. I went to an all-girls grammar school where I was anxious to fit in, and always obeyed every rule for the first 2 years. After that I relaxed and realised I could be more autonomous and didn't absolutely have to toe the line. I was basically hard working however.

Q: What makes you cringe?

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The sound of people raising their voices at the end of sentences.

Q: What is your most treasured possession?

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My bag of special birthday cards, thankyou cards and other cards and messages that I've recieved over the years.

Q: How long have you been a writer?

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Published for 20 years

Q: Where do you do your writing?

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In my office at home. It's bright and warm and has a great view of the busy, buzzing High Street.

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

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The worst thing is the pain barrier you have to go through when you first start a new book - that, and the feeling of deflation you get when you have to admit to yourself several thousand words in that it's not working. The best is when the book is writing itself because your characters have taken over - that, and meeting children in schools etc who are really engaging with what you have to say.

Q: Where do you get your greatest ideas from?

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The Ideas Factory - obviously.

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

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I don't believe in writers' block any more than I believe in cleaning-out-the-goldfish block

Q: What was your favourite book as a child?

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Anne of Green Gables. I read it 17 times.

Q: What book do you wish you had written?

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Season of Secrets by Sally Nicholls

Q: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?

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Check with yourself honestly that it's the writing that's driving you and not just the 'being an author'.

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

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When I was a child I would have identified with Jaimini from my Ballerina Dreams series.

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