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Stephen George

Jill Atkins

jilli-kins@hotmail.co.uk
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Q: What were you like at school?

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Very talkative and always in trouble for it, but I was quite good at looking innocent when the teacher turned to look at me so I often got away with it and often someone else got the blame!

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

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I can't remember, except as I got older I wanted to be a teacher or an actor.

Q: Which three words describe you best?

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Smiley, chatty, caring

Q: What are you afraid of?

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Sci-fi films

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

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The last time I met my youngest brother. He always tells the best jokes!

Q: What is your most treasured possession?

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My old teddy

Q: What do you day dream about?

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Being rich and famous!

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

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I've already been a teacher and a Bed and Breakfast landlady as well as a writer, but I'd quite like to have a go at being a lion tamer.

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

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Sometimes, I forget I'm not a teenager, but other times, especially when I'm tired, I think I'm much older than I am.

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

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Respect for others

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

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Kapadokia in Turkey where the wind and water have eroded the landscape into weird and wonderful shapes.

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

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Whatever you want to achieve, it might not come easily, but stick at it and keep trying!

Q: What is your favourite word?

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flabbergasted

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

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I'd like a magic wand to make me half my age!

Q: How long have you been a writer?

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About 20 years

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

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When I was teaching and there weren't enough good books for my class to read, I decided to write some myself.

Q: Where do you do your writing?

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Usually, in the spare bedroom, but as I write on my laptop, I sometimes find a change of scene helps me concentrate better.

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

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The best is when a publisher accepts a story for publication and when that story becomes a book. The worst is getting rejection letters.

Q: Where do you get your greatest ideas from?

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I often wake up in the night or early morning and an idea is buzzing around in my head so I have paper and pen by the bed. If I don't write it down, that idea is gone in the morning.

Q: What was your favourite book as a child?

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I loved books by Malcolm Saville (eg The Mystery at Witchend) who wrote adventure stories about a group of children in The Lone Pine Club. My brother, friends and I had a Lone Pine Club in our garden. I also loved The Railway Children.

Q: What book do you wish you had written?

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I've just read a book called Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbottson. I wish I had written that!

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

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Read, relax and stop worrying.

Q: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?

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Read widely, research the market, write from the heart as well as the head, don't try and copy trends, be yourself, keep trying, don't let the rejections get you down - everyone gets them!!

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