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Stephen George

Mark Robson

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Q: What were you like at school?

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Hardworking, but not very bright! I was very average and not an 'A' student. However, I never let that hold me back. I dreamed big, worked hard and did everything in my power to make those dreams come true.

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

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All I wanted to be from the age of about 12 was a pilot in the RAF. I picked my school subjects around it. I was in the Air Training Corps. I did as many things as I possibly could to make myself attractive to the RAF as a potential pilot.

Q: Which three words describe you best?

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Tenacious. Outgoing. Focused.

Q: What is your favourite word?

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Success!

Q: What makes you cringe?

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Rudeness. Limp handshakes. Seeing someone is about to make an idiot of himself, but having no power to stop it happening.

Q: What are you afraid of?

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Heights - strange given that I've done over 5000 hours of flying, but true. Snakes - of the poisonous varieties.

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

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Last night when watching a classic episode of 'The Big Bang Theory'. The man who invented the character of Sheldon deserves a knighthood.

Q: What is your most treasured possession?

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My grandfather's stamp collection. He was a collector for most of his life and accumulated a vast number of stamps. What makes them particularly precious is not their value (of which I have no idea) but the fact that he gave them to me some time before he died.

Q: What do you do as a hobby?

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I belong to the local Tae Kwon Do club and will be attempting my black belt later in the year.

Q: What strange habits do you have?

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I like to add a smear of marmite to peanut butter sandwiches. Try it. You might like it!

Q: What’s your favourite food?

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Tough question. I love food ... too much. It's a constant battle to keep from eating too much these days. Beef Wellington would probably feature highly.

Q: What do you day dream about?

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Having a film made from one of my books. I imagine many authors do this, so I'm probably in good company.

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

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All I can say is that it was flying related and I certainly shouldn't publish it here, as I might be arrested!

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

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Astronaut. I'd love to travel to other worlds.

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

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That depends. When I get up in the morning, usually older. However, once I'm moving I would say that I'm fairly young at heart.

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

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Probably JRR Tolkien. I loved Lord of the Rings as a teenager and would love to have had the opportunity to talk with the author about the story.

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

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Humility. Particularly in those who have achieved something special in any field.

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

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Wow! That's a tricky one as well. There are so many: Egypt, Greece, Crete, Turkey, Estonia, Iceland, Norway, Denmark, Poland ... I've been fortunate to travel to many corners of the world. Possibly the most interesting trip I did was to East Berlin before the Berlin wall came down. The contrast between the two sides of the city was amazing.

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

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It's not so much advice given as a life lesson learned: Never let a day go by without having something that you want to achieve. You'll be amazed how much you get done this way.

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

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My ability to prioritise between family and work. I tend to be very goal oriented and can sometimes forget sentimental occasions like birthdays and anniversaries.

Q: What has life taught you?

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Life is fascinating and short. There is always something new to learn, so time wasted is an opportunity lost.

Q: How long have you been a writer?

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I took up writing as a hobby in 1996. I turned full time as a writer of children's books in December 2005.

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

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Probably at the point when I accepted the offer from Simon & Schusters for my book Imperial Spy. I was very much enjoying my life as a pilot in the RAF, but I realised that if I didn't give it up to try my hand at writing professionally, I would spend the rest of my life wondering 'What if?' I'm not the sort of person who could live with that.

Q: Where do you do your writing?

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Anywhere other than at home. Cafes, pubs, the library, even in a local toy shop (they have a room for playing the games above the shop which is quiet during the daytime). I find that if I go out to work, I focus better.

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

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The best thing is getting to meet with my readers in schools, bookshops and at literary festivals. Meeting my target audience is very important to me - the feedback is what keeps me writing. The worst thing is probably the editing. My editors are very good, but I sometimes find it painful to cut out certain parts of stories that have been particularly difficult to write, or that I felt were brilliant.

Q: Where do you get your greatest ideas from?

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No place in particular. The best bits tend to develop out of mediocre ideas as I'm writing. I've found that although I set out to write one story, often it will develop in ways I don't see coming.

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

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As there is a part of me in every character I have created, that is also a difficult question. I probably relate most to the naive boy hero.

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

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I don't believe in 'writers' block'. I have good writing days and bad writing days, but so long as I sit at my computer for long enough, I normally produce something.

Q: What was your favourite book as a child?

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The Enchanted Wood by Enid Blyton was a firm favourite as a young child. Once I read Lord of the Rings at the age of about 12, though. I never looked back.

Q: What book do you wish you had written?

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Mortal Engines. I think Phillip Reeve is probably the best author for teens around at the moment.

Q: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?

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Try to write something every day, even if it's just a few sentences. Writing is more about discipline than inspiration.

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