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Stephen George

Jane Clarke

http://www.jane-clarke.co.uk
jane.e.clarke@btinternet.com
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Q: What did you want to be when you were a child?

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An acrobat. I spent a lot of time hanging upside down dreaming I was whirling through the air on a flying trapeze.

Q: What makes you cringe?

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My two dogs greeting someone at the door with jaws full of dirty underwear they've stolen from the washing basket.

Q: What do you do as a hobby?

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Scramble over rocks hunting for fossils. Ammonites are my favourite.

Q: What has life taught you?

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To make the most of it wherever it may take you.

Q: How long have you been a writer?

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I'm a late starter. I loved rhymes and stories when I was at primary school, but my handwriting and spelling were so awful, I hated writing anything down. I've been a full-time writer for 6 years. Before that, I was an archaeologist (in London), a history teacher (in Wales), a full-time Mum (in Holland and the USA) and a library assistant (in Belgium).

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

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I was working in the library at Antwerp International School, and every week, a little girl called Jasmine asked me if the library had a story about 'a princess, a rabbit and shopping.' She wouldn't take no for an answer, so in the end I cracked, and wrote one for her - and surprised myself by enjoying writing it.

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

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The best things are the buzz when a story or poem is going well, and visiting schools. The worst thing is falling asleep over the keyboard. It leaves a patchwork of key marks on the side of your face, and if your own story has bored you to sleep, you know it's not working.

Q: Where do you get your greatest ideas from?

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My family and friends. Don't tell them, but it helps me if I think of them as animals :-)

Q: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?

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Write down your story or poem as it pops into your head. Then take out your writer's toolkit - mine includes strong coffee, a thesaurus and a dictionary - and get to work on it.

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