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Stephen George

Ian MacDonald

http://www.authorinschools.co.uk
ian.macdonald@authorinschools.co.uk
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Q: What did you want to be when you were a child?

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I was going to be a professional footballer... but that didn't happen. Being a writer was something that I had always dreamed of.

Q: Which three words describe you best?

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not very good at maths

Q: What do you do as a hobby?

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I like going to the football with my son and gardening, but not at the same time.

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

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I'd like to have a go at building walls or plastering.

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

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Much younger, of course.

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

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Richmal Crompton, who wrote the Just William books.

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

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Honesty

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

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Venice

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

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Be yourself

Q: What has life taught you?

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Don't give up on your dreams.

Q: What is your most treasured possession?

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I have a battered old notebook that belonged to my Dad when he was a prisoner of war. It's full of snippets and news from home,along with several poems he wrote about his experiences.

Q: What’s your favourite food?

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Steak and Ale pie

Q: What do you day dream about?

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I used to day dream about turning up to see my team play (Watford) and finding they were a player short. In the day dream I always have my boots with me just in case!

Q: How long have you been a writer?

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I had my first book published in 2003

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

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I wanted to be a writer from the time I was at Primary School.

Q: Where do you do your writing?

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At my computer desk upstairs which I share with a cat called Stanley

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

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The best thing is breathing life into strange creatures and imaginary worlds. The worst thing is neck ache.

Q: Where do you get your greatest ideas from?

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I'm always on the look out for strange things I might see, or secretly listening in to conversations... collecting ideas for my next story.

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

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I think I could see myself as Owen. He's the kind of person who does not get himself noticed at school... but then saves the world from invading aliens and scary mummies.

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

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Go for a bike ride

Q: What was your favourite book as a child?

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Just William by Richmal Crompton

Q: What book do you wish you had written?

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Just William by Richmal Crompton

Q: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?

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Stick at it!

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