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Stephen George

Josephine Feeney

http://www.josephinefeeney.co.uk
feeneymckay@btopenworld.com
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Q: What were you like at school?

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Happy and carefree - I didn't realise you had to work hard.

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

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The owner of a sweet shop.

Q: Which three words describe you best?

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future swimming star

Q: What is your favourite word?

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Persephone

Q: What makes you cringe?

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Parents who embarrass their children.

Q: What are you afraid of?

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Heights and ill-health.

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

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Yesterday. (I'm writing this first thing in the morning.)

Q: What is your most treasured possession?

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My accordion.

Q: What do you do as a hobby?

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Swimming; walking; playing the accordion; gardening; apple crushing, (in season.)

Q: What strange habits do you have?

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Listening to the life stories of complete strangers on the bus into town.

Q: What’s your favourite food?

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Home made pizza - using the Nigel Slater recipe.

Q: What do you day dream about?

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At the moment - a sunny summer day with the windows open and the curtains flowing in a gentle breeze...

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

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Knocking on people's doors then running away. (When I was a child of course.)

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

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An olympic swimmer

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

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Younger

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

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My grandmother, Annie Hynes. Apparently, she was the 'pin-up mother' of her generation and a brilliant accordion player. She died in the 1940s.

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

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Kindness and patience

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

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Rome - so many different cultures and civilisations.

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

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"Don't look down on anyone unless you're helping them up."

Q: What has life taught you?

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To be patient and to take the long view.

Q: How long have you been a writer?

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Since 1991 professionally. Before that I wrote in most of my spare time.

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

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In Sheffield in about 1982 when I was in a Writers' Group run by Berlie Doherty.

Q: Where do you do your writing?

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Mostly in the back room downstairs but also in the local library and sometimes in the car whilst waiting to collect people from music, dancing, boxing, youth club or school.

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

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Worst things: isolation; loneliness and rejection letters. Best things: the friendship and support of other writers; feeling of achievement when a reader says they enjoyed your work; spending time with my family when they need me.

Q: Where do you get your greatest ideas from?

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Overheard conversations in public places; school visits; from my family; from childhood memories; newspapers and conversations with other people.

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

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Sarah in "The Day My Parents Ran Away" as my father was ill a lot when I was a teenager.

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

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Do something completely different like cleaning, swimming, walking or cycling.

Q: What was your favourite book as a child?

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I used to like comics more than books. My favourite was "The Bunty".

Q: What book do you wish you had written?

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Momo by Michael Ende

Q: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?

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Read everything you can. Listen, even when you're not inspired by what you're hearing. Write every single day. Write your first draft in pen or pencil - you'll never lose it because of a computer virus. Be realistic: make sure you have another means of earning a living. Be confident and realise that your story is unique.

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