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Stephen George

Kara May

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Q: What were you like at school?

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Discombobulated

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

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An archaeologist Ė the one who discovers an ancient city paved with gold in the deepest depths of the Amazon jungle.

Q: Which three words describe you best?

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Upbeat Ö Zany ÖIntrepid Ö. when the sun shines.

Q: What is your favourite word?

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Beguiling

Q: What makes you cringe?

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Feet on train seats.

Q: What are you afraid of?

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Rats

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

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Yesterday, reading Andy Stantonís Mr Gum and the Dancing Bear

Q: What is your most treasured possession?

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A portrait of my now grown-up daughter aged ten painted by her Dad.

Q: What strange habits do you have?

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Never eating chocolate before dark. Never watching TV before dark (except for the World Cup)

Q: Whatís your favourite food?

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Mangoes

Q: What do you day dream about?

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Itís sunrise at Uluru, and Iím there.

Q: Whatís the most outrageous thing youíve done?

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I was a teenager Ö old enough to know better Ö but did it anyway.

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

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Lyricist Ė Iíve had one attempt (www.thedreamsnatcher.com) and found it exhilarating, thrilling in fact, the next best thing to being a composer Ė but itís light years beyond me to write music, let alone music that holds an audience entranced from the first notes to the last.

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

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My Dadís fatherís father, to discover if the stories about who he was are true.

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

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Wisdom + a sense of humour.

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

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Uluru in the Red Centre of Australia.

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

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Dare to take a risk, dare to fail, dare to try again.

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

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My handwriting.

Q: What has life taught you?

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Donít keep your best clothes for best.

Q: How long have you been a writer?

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I wrote my first story at junior school. Itís about a pirate who had a pet shark. A few years ago I took a break from writing childrenís books to write plays, and now I write both.

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

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No.

Q: Where do you do your writing?

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Mostly on a computer in a room that wonít keep tidy. Sometimes on a small laptop or in a notebook wherever I happen to be.

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

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HEART LIFTING: That moment I finish a story and know it works. HEART SINKING : That moment part way through a story when I know itís not working.

Q: Where do you get your greatest ideas from?

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Once I begin a story, I rarely remember how or where I got the idea.

Q: What do you do to combat ďwritersí blockĒ?

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I can always write something but thatís not saying I always like what I write or imagine anyone else will Ė I wish!

Q: What was your favourite book as a child?

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Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.

Q: What book do you wish you had written?

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There are so many books I love and admire but Iíll opt to read them rather than wish Iíd written them.

Q: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?

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Do as the Oompa-Loompas* did when they were rowing in the dark down a river Ė they didnít know where they were going, but kept on rowing. If you donít have a boat, or even if you have, keep writing! *Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

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