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Stephen George

Joanna Nadin

http://www.joannanadin.com
info@joannanadin.com
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Q: What were you like at school?

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A total swot. I loved school. I even loved exams. Does that make me weird? Probably.

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

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Velvet Brown in National Velvet, until I was old enough to find out about boys, at which point I wanted to be the weird one in Breakfast Club.

Q: Which three words describe you best?

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short, determined, happy

Q: What is your favourite word?

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egg

Q: What makes you cringe?

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Pessimism. My mother. Usually combined.

Q: What are you afraid of?

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Dying.

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

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Last night, when an old friend reminded me of a very funny line from a film.

Q: What is your most treasured possession?

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My photograph albums, a signed Reef CD, and my daughter, in no particular order.

Q: What do you do as a hobby?

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Read.

Q: What strange habits do you have?

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I can only eat cold toast, because I don't like melted butter, unless I'm having Marmite, in which case it has to be hot, brown and melty.

Q: What’s your favourite food?

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Marmite on brown toast

Q: What do you day dream about?

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Stories

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

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Curtsied to the Prime Minister

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

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Jockey

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

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Younger. I don't think I've ever felt older than 17.

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

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Can it be fictional? If so, Jed Bartlet.

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

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Optimism.

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

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The War Room. And Jeffrey Archer's bathroom.

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

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Never underestimate the comedy value of a monkey.

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

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My confidence levels as a teenager.

Q: What has life taught you?

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That if you don't do it yourself, it probably won't happen.

Q: How long have you been a writer?

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Fiction since 2003, but journalism and speeches since the mid-90s.

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

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No. In fact I wanted to be anything but - I wanted my life to be movie or book-worthy. But when I found myself at No 10, and realised I still wasn't satisfied, I figured maybe I could write a good story instead of trying to live one.

Q: Where do you do your writing?

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Mostly in my attic. But I tend to have moments of inspiration at odd hours so it could be anywhere. A number 12 bus has been the oddest.

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

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The best things are going to work in your pyjamas, and getting fanmail. The worst things are mean reviews, and worrying you'll never write another good story.

Q: Where do you get your greatest ideas from?

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Life.

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

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Rachel Riley, because she's based entirely on me.

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

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Having been a journalist, and government writer, I'm so used to hearing someone shout "we need it yesterday" that I find I can always write something. If it needs editing later, it needs editing. I don't get precious about it. When you've had the PM's red pen all over your work you lose that indignation.

Q: What was your favourite book as a child?

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James Thurber's "The Thirteen Clocks" and "The Wonderful O"

Q: What book do you wish you had written?

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Framed by Frank Cottrell Boyce

Q: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?

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Write every day. Otherwise you're not a writer. You're just aspiring.

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