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Stephen George

Joan Lennon

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

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Way too chatty. One of my primary school teachers wrote on my report "Joan suffers from days of excess chatter." I think she meant SHE suffered ...

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

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A writer, an international spy and a concert pianist. Oh, and briefly, a racing car driver.

Q: Which three words describe you best?

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Tall, willowy and unflappable. (Remember I write fiction.)

Q: What is your favourite word?

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Mellifluous. Also, ferret.

Q: What makes you cringe?

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Mirrors.

Q: What are you afraid of?

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Pain. I'm a complete wuss.

Q: What strange habits do you have?

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Absolutely none. I am completely normal in all possible ways ...

Q: What do you day dream about?

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Pretty much everything I daydream about has to do with the world of the book I'm writing at the moment. Though there are the odd fame and praise fantasies, of course.

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

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International spy, concert pianist. I'm too cowardly now to try the racing car driver thing.

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

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I'd have to say younger.

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

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This may sound a bit ghoulish, but I'd love to be able to talk to my dad who died again - I'd really like to read him the stuff I'm writing now, because I think it would make him laugh.

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

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Cheerfulness.

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

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The fact that I'm short, fat and get in a flap way too easily. (See "What 3 words describe you best" above.)

Q: What has life taught you?

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Count on change. (That's not "Count your change" though it sounds like it. I can't remember the last time I really did count my change. But I do know that stuff doesn't stay the same, though sometimes that's hard to believe.)

Q: How long have you been a writer?

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I started writing when I was about 8.

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

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If there was, I don't remember it. I think I just always knew.

Q: Where do you do your writing?

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I like to be able to write looking out of a window. For that kind of writing I use pen and paper (a nice fine-tipped pen and the backs of print-outs of earlier books). When it's time to put stuff onto the computer, I have a sort of desk thing in the corner of my bedroom.

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

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Getting a book accepted. Not getting a book accepted.

Q: Where do you get your greatest ideas from?

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Staring out of windows. ALL my ideas come from this - greatest, worst, in-between.

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

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I write something else, some other sort of writing. That works well for me.

Q: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?

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Read lots, of course. Write lots, of course. And pay attention. To write well you need your whole brain to be in gear.

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