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Stephen George

Elizabeth Baguley

http://www.elizabeth-baguley.co.uk
author@elizabeth-baguley.co.uk
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Q: What were you like at school?

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School? I loved it. My mother was really upset when, on my first day at primary school, I ran off into the classroom without even turning to wave goodbye - and I never looked back. Not surprisingly, I loved writing stories but I wasn't too keen on anything to do with numbers!

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

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A witch, a fairy or anything magical. I also played at school a good deal and ended up being a teacher.

Q: Which three words describe you best?

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Enthusiastic Scatty Dramatic

Q: What is your favourite word?

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ooze

Q: What makes you cringe?

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The thought of gutting a fish

Q: What are you afraid of?

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The dark

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

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This morning! My daughter found a website with ridiculous tips for making old objects into something useful. Some of them were absolutely ridiculous. I laugh a lot.

Q: What is your most treasured possession?

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I don't think possessions are terribly important, but I would be very upset if I lost my wedding ring.

Q: What do you do as a hobby?

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Star-gazing

Q: What strange habits do you have?

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Reciting bits of poetry. My children are sooooo embarrassed by it.

Q: What’s your favourite food?

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Jacket potatoes with melted cheese.

Q: What do you day dream about?

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Walking through snow on a long journey and then finding myself in a dream home with a log fire.

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

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I don't think I've ever really done anything outrageous, although my family think that standing on a stage telling stories is completely abnormal!

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

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I would love to be a musician.

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

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Oh, younger - absolutely!

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

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My mother died when I was relatively young and I'd love to be able to meet her again now that I have my own children.

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

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Cheerfulness, particularly in people who have had hard or difficult lives.

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

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West Kennet long barrow, in Wiltshire. The stones rang with history and magic.

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

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"Don't put it down, put it away." For someone like me, who is a bit disorganised, it means a lot to have everything neat and tidy and where it can easily be found.

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

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I'd like to be more practical.

Q: What has life taught you?

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That although it has its ups and downs, life is a gift and it's good.

Q: How long have you been a writer?

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I've always written in one way or another, but I've been published over the last five years.

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

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Yes: when my children were small and I read them picture books. One evening, I just thought: I can do that - and I did!

Q: Where do you do your writing?

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In my kitchen, mostly, where it's warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

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

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The best thing is being able to spend time writing, which is my greatest love. The worst thing is that sometimes I have to come back into the real world and do household chores!

Q: Where do you get your greatest ideas from?

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My best ideas come to me in the fuzzy time between being asleep and being awake.

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

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Meggie Moon. She is a girl who creates things to play with out of rubbish, which is what I did when I was a child. I suppose, as an author, I still create something out of nothing when I write. Meggie has imagination and I like to think I do too.

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

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I stop trying and let the ideas find me rather than the other way round.

Q: What was your favourite book as a child?

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Noddy! My mother used to read me the stories and I loved them.

Q: What book do you wish you had written?

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Susan Cooper's "The Dark is Rising". It still sends shivers down my back when I read it.

Q: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?

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Don't just think about it, get on and do it - and keep on going even when publishers turn your ideas down. Also, if you really are a born writer, you'll write just for the joy of it rather than just to be published.

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    ISBN
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