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Stephen George

John Malam

http://www.johnmalam.co.uk

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Q: What were you like at school?

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Younger than I am now . . .
But, seriously, I was a swot, and really wanted to find stuff out. I still do.

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

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An archaeologist.
Guess what, my dream came true! You can read about it on my website (click the link at the top of this page).

Q: Which three words describe you best?

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"I know that!"
or
"That, I know."

Q: What is your favourite word?

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Palindrome.
It's a word, or even a whole sentence, you can spell forwards and backwards the same way, like my surname.

Q: What makes you cringe?

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See next question.

Q: What are you afraid of?

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Huh? Do you think I'm going to tell you that?!

Q: What is your most treasured possession?

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My sense of curiosity.
Wow, that's a boring answer.
OK, then, how about the lump of fossilized dinosaur poo I was given a few years ago? It's hardly treasure, but it's definitely weird.

Q: What do you do as a hobby?

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Ooh -- I've got lots of hobbies! I collect things, I grow veggies on an allotment, I'm tracing my family history . . .

Q: What strange habits do you have?

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Not answering strange questions.

Q: What’s your favourite food?

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Whatever you're cooking. Please make it something Greek.

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

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The British Museum, London. Not as boring as it sounds, honestly.

Q: What has life taught you?

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"Bloom where you are planted."

Q: How long have you been a writer?

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Full-time since 1994, but my first published work came out in the early 1980s.

Q: Where do you do your writing?

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From an office at home.

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

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Best = being busy.
Worst = trying to fit everything in to a busy day.

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

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Er, hold on a minute . . .
I write non-fiction books, so characters are not important to me. If you ask me which topics I identify with, I'll tell you it's the history ones.

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

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:-) Take a break.
:-)) Go into the garden.
:-))) Potter about in the greenhouse.
:-)))) Make a cup of tea.
:-))))) Make two cups of tea.

Q: What was your favourite book as a child?

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"The Silver Sword" by Ian Serraillier. A war story set in World War II. I still have the copy I bought at school.

Q: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?

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• Read lots
• Plan your work
• Ask for help and advice
• Use your library
• Stick at it
• Do not get tricked into paying your own money to have your work published. If it's any good, someone will pay you!

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