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Stephen George

Gill James

http://www.gilljames.co.uk
gill.james@btinternet.com
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Q: What do you do as a hobby?

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I like to go for long walks in the country. I also sing with a choir.

Q: What strange habits do you have?

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I like peeling labels off jars. The family often get very frustrated because they no longer know what some jars contain.

Q: What’s your favourite food?

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Chocolate.

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

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Much younger. Reading and writng children's books keeps you young.

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

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Nerja, in the South of Spain. It has some wonderful caves... which were the inspiration for my first children's book.

Q: How long have you been a writer?

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I have been a published writer since the year 2000.

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

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I've written all my life completing my first novel when I was nine! That one was not published. In 1999 I decided to try to make my living from writing and writing-related activities such as school visits and teaching as I do at a university.

Q: Where do you do your writing?

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In one of the bedrooms in our home. I like to face a wall, but I do look out of the window at a tree which is often full of birds. Sometimes my cat sits on the windowsill and chunters at them. I also somtiems write in my office at the university. That has a glorious view of the gasworks, but I'm usually too busy writing to notice.

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

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The worst thing is never knowing if, when and how much you will get paid. The best thing is being totally absorbed in your writing.

Q: Where do you get your greatest ideas from?

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Life and everything around me.

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

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Always the main character in my latest novel.

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

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Just write. Oddly, I've found on the days when it's more of struggle I actually write a lot better.

Q: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?

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Write, write and write. Then rewrite.

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