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Stephen George

Donna Vann

http://www.donnavann.com
writer@donnavann.com
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Q: What were you like at school?

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I was a dreamer - the kid who was always looking out the window when I should have been listening. Also, I was painfully shy.

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

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A ballet dancer - even though I was so plump, I couldn't touch my toes. By the age of 11, I knew I wanted to be a children's writer.

Q: What are you afraid of?

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Sometimes I'll take the stairs rather than use a lift - I'm not keen on small, enclosed spaces.

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

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About five minutes ago! Lots of things make me laugh.

Q: What is your most treasured possession?

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I collect stones and have several on my desk, like one from Berkshire which could have been used to make a spear head. Stones are so permanent - they've been here for ages and will be here when we're gone.

Q: What do you do as a hobby?

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I love hiking in scenic places, and also going to see a really good movie.

Q: What strange habits do you have?

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Sleeping with a sleep mask over my eyes and a pillow over my head.

Q: What’s your favourite food?

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Mint chocolate chip ice cream. Also popcorn. Not together!

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

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I really want to climb Mount Etna on Sicily and look down into the volcano - watch this space!

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

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Younger! Inside, I'm still about 11.

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

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Lots of things, but some I'm just going to have to learn to accept.

Q: What has life taught you?

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Be careful what you put into your mind - that's what will come out. As a writer, I want to read and watch stories/films that enrich me, rather than things that pull me down.

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

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When I was a kid, after I read a book by George MacDonald, I decided I wanted to write for children when I grew up.

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

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Best - sitting around daydreaming, thinking up stories. Going into schools is a lot of fun, too. Worst - having to sit at the computer for long periods. I'm very restless and prefer to be moving around.

Q: Where do you get your greatest ideas from?

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Ideas are everywhere. Writers see an ordinary situation and ask, 'what if' - then they imagine some strange twist and it can turn into a story.

Q: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?

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Read lots of good books, and work hard on your writing. If you can't imagine doing anything else, then keep at it and don't give up!

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