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Stephen George

Steve Weatherill

http://www.babygoz.co.uk
steve@babygoz.co.uk
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Q: What were you like at school?

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I liked drawing and making up stories. I was the one sitting at the back and looking out of the window.

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

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An explorer with my pet dog Charlie.

Q: Which three words describe you best?

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Have pencil will travel. Whoops, that’s 4. Maths was never my strong subject.

Q: What is your favourite word?

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This week it’s Somnambulist. Look it up if you can’t sleep.

Q: What makes you cringe?

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Making a mistake and not being able to change it.

Q: What are you afraid of?

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The Big Bad Wolf of course.

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

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Last week on a school visit when Big Charlie the Dog went for a walk down the corridor.

Q: What is your most treasured possession?

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Leonardo da Vinci’s purple crayon, but it’s getting a bit crumbly now.

Q: What do you do as a hobby?

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I’m teaching my pet hen, Blanche, to speak English using the phonic system.

Q: What’s your favourite food?

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Yorkshire puddings, the ones the angels make, not the other ones. ‘Then the angel jumped up and said, “Gimme the bowl .... Flour and watter and eggs, salt an’ all, And I’ll show thee how we make puddens in Heaven, For Peter and Thomas and Paul.”...’ by Robert Weston and Bert Lee

Q: What do you day dream about?

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Camping on the moon.

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

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An explorer.

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

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The 2000 year old man (Mel Brooks). I’d ask him what it all means.

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

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Kindness.

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

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The top of Mount Sinai first thing in the morning.

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

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See all, hear all, say nowt. Eat all, drink all, pay nowt.

Q: What has life taught you?

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How to eat spaghetti without using chopsticks.

Q: How long have you been a writer?

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About 5 feet 8 inches on a good day.

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

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It was the night the thunderbolt struck Aunt Betty’s chimney. There was a loud noise and a flash of light. And now Aunt Betty’s bantam, every time she lays an egg, she sings the National Anthem.

Q: Where do you do your writing?

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In a room I built at the top of the house with a north facing light to do my drawing by.

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

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The best thing is the beach side villa in Wai-ki-ki. Every author is given one by the Arts Council when they have written their first 500 pages. The worst thing is not finding anywhere to land my helicopter when I visit schools.

Q: Where do you get your greatest ideas from?

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The Big Book of Bright Ideas. See if you can order it from the library.

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

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Godfrey Gander. ‘Godfrey was always trying to impress Lucy. There was the time he made his great leap into a bath full of water. “Oh no! I forgot to put the water in.” THUNK!’

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

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I go outside into the garden where my 3 specially trained woodpeckers gently tap me on the head and give me ideas in Morse code.

Q: What was your favourite book as a child?

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Richmal Crompton’s Just William stories and Ernest Shepard’s drawings in Winnie the Pooh.

Q: What book do you wish you had written?

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The Big Book of Bright Ideas.

Q: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?

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Read a lot, write a lot and very importantly – Have Fun.

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