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Stephen George

Anne Rooney

http://www.annerooney.com

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Q: What were you like at school?

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Quite scared, a lot of the time. I was bullied for being clever, bullied for not wearing the same clothes as everyone else, bullied for not wearing make-up. I didn't like school very much, though I enjoyed some of the lessons - especially English. I was a difficult child - I argued with the teachers and quite a few of them didn't like that. That didn't make my time there any nicer, but I never learned not to stand up for my views.

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

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Chancellor of the Exchequer, or a marine biologist or a camel biologist.

Q: What makes you cringe?

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I'm not going to tell you because you will just get fun out of making me cringe!

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

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Swim to a land-mined island through a sea of poisonous jellyfish and biting flying fish. No, really.

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

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Younger - who would want to feel older than THIS?

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

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Outer Mongolia. Or maybe Communist Albania.

Q: Which three words describe you best?

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Argumentative, imaginative, eccentric

Q: What are you afraid of?

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Losing my children; sharks; big slugs

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

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A few minutes ago, when a friend sent me a funny message to cheer me up

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

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Machiavelli or Rasputin

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

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Be careful what you say as you can't unsay it

Q: What has life taught you?

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Time is short

Q: What is your most treasured possession?

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A tiny model of a Venetian palazzo made from cardboard and blue velvet by my daughter - for me to have until she can afford to buy me a real palazzo in Venice!

Q: What’s your favourite food?

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Egg and chips as comfort food, or very good risotto the rest of the time

Q: What do you day dream about?

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Being with the people I love in places I love

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

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Archaeologist or forensic anthropologist - I want to understand the lives of people who lived long ago and see how they were just like us and how they were different

Q: What is your favourite word?

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Serendipity

Q: How long have you been a writer?

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Forever

Q: Where do you do your writing?

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Anywhere and everywhere - often in cafes, or in my house where I have a lovely upstairs office packed with books and little treasures. It has French windows onto a roof garden/balcony and overlooks our garden and a field. Or I work downstairs in a room with windows all round and the library just through an archway. I can see the garden, with chickens bumbling around in it - very distracting!

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

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The best is hearing from a reader that they really enjoyed a book; the worst is when the writing is not going well or publishers don't want to publish what I want to write.

Q: Where do you get your greatest ideas from?

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Waitrose. The ideas in Tesco are cheap and nasty.

Q: What was your favourite book as a child?

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Fin Family Moomintroll by Tove Jansen. And also La Chauve-souris Doré by Edward Gorey, and Toucan Toucan by David McKee. When I was a bit older, it was The Weirdstone of Brisingamen by Alan Garner.

Q: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?

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Read lots, keep writing, read more, write more, keep reading, write lots...

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