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Stephen George

J A Henderson

http://www.janandrewhenderson.com
janandrewhenderson@hotmail.com
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Q: What were you like at school?

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Very quiet. I waited until I'd left before I started causing real trouble.

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

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An adult. Never really made it.

Q: Which three words describe you best?

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Hard. To. Describe.

Q: What is your favourite word?

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Veldt. Or anything rude that sounds funny as well.

Q: What makes you cringe?

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Any photograph of myself where I'm trying to look moody. See profile picture.

Q: What are you afraid of?

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Flying, crying and dying. In fact, anything that ends in 'ing'. Including anything.

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

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Whenever my son Charlie falls over. But he's 8, so he doesn't do it so often as he used to. Unless I trip him.

Q: What is your most treasured possession?

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My son Charlie. Though he's not really a posession. More like something that's always hanging around.

Q: What do you do as a hobby?

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Ehhhh. I write.

Q: What strange habits do you have?

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In the interest of public safety, I decline to answer.

Q: What’s your favourite food?

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Kraft Macaroni cheese. But I don't put milk or butter in it, like you should. I like it all sticky.

Q: What do you day dream about?

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Being very rich. And much taller.

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

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In the interest of keeping myself out of prison, I decline to answer. But I did once jump off a speeding train. And a galloping horse. Neither were thought through properly, so don't try them at home.

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

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I'd like to be a rock star. If you ever heard me play guitar you'd know why I never seriously attempted it.

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

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Younger. By about 20 years.

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

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F Scott Fitzgerald. But he's been dead a long time so I probably wouldn't get much of a conversation out of him.

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

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Lack of hypocrisy, a sense of humour and the desire to spend money on me.

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

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Texas. Which doesn't mean I liked it.

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

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Never put in contact lenses after you've been touching Jalapeno Peppers

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

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My inability to tell the truth. No, wait! That's a lie.

Q: What has life taught you?

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Absolutely nothing at all. I prefer to get my advice from song lyrics and movies.

Q: How long have you been a writer?

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I've been writing books for about 10 years. Wrote plays and poetry for a lot longer but nobody gets to read those.

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

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Not really. I decided to become a professional writer when I realised I was 35 and still earning £5 and hour.

Q: Where do you do your writing?

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At a computer desk behind my living room couch. I can see the TV from there.

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

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1. Thinking up weird plots that nobody has done before. 2. The effort of thinking up plots that nobody has done before.

Q: Where do you get your greatest ideas from?

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I just sit down and think them up. I figure that's where they ought to come from.

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

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Each book I write has one character who is based entirely on me. So, obviously I like them best. But they usually die.

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

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I keep thinking until it goes away. No matter how long it takes.

Q: What was your favourite book as a child?

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I only read adult books because there was a bargain bin in the bookstore in the shop next to my house and that's all it had. So my favourite was 'The Great Gatsby' by F Scott Fitzgerald - which obvioulsy wasn't a best seller in those days.

Q: What book do you wish you had written?

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It would have to be The Great Gatsby. Not a single gunfight or mass murder in it and I still loved the book.

Q: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?

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Don't be afraid of anything. Or, indeed, anything that ends in 'ing'. And use the internet. It's a great research tool

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