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Stephen George

John Dougherty

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Q: What were you like at school?

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Unhappy! I was youngest and smallest in my class, and got picked on.

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

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A superhero. Preferably the Human Torch from the Fantastic Four.

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

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A couple of weeks ago, when my daughter covered herself with a fake-fur rug and pretended to be a bear. Both my children can be very entertaining!

Q: What is your most treasured possession?

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My Taylor acoustic guitar.

Q: What do you do as a hobby?

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I sing - I'm currently in an a capella group called Original Sing - and I run. I've run 3 marathons so far.

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

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I'd love to earn a living as a singer-songwriter.

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

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Younger. Sometimes I get a shock when I look in the mirror and see a middle-aged man looking back at me.

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

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I'd like to be more decisive. At least, I think I would...

Q: How long have you been a writer?

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Most of my life - but I had my first book published in 2004.

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

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No. I've always written things for fun, and when I decided to try to write for publication that was fun too - I hoped I'd be successful, but my thinking was, "Let's see if I can do this" rather than, "I'm going to do this."

Q: Where do you do your writing?

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In my shed, at the bottom of the garden, where there are no telephones or internet connections to distract me.

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

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Best: I have a job which allows me to daydream as much as I want. Worst: I never know when I start a story whether it will ever be published.

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

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Never having been a headlouse or a Greek god, I don't really identify with many of my characters! My heroes tend to have qualities I'd like to have, though.

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

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I've never had a serious case of writers' block, but if I get stuck then I go for a run, or do something else to take my mind off it. The worst thing you can do with writers' block is give it too much attention. You'll only encourage it.

Q: What was your favourite book as a child?

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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

Q: What book do you wish you had written?

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There are many more than just one!

Q: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?

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Read. The more, and more widely, you read, the better a writer you'll be.

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