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Stephen George

Linda Newbery

http://www.lindanewbery.co.uk
lindanewbery@hotmail.com
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Q: What were you like at school?

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I was very quiet and shy and always tried to sit at the back of the class behind someone bigger. My favourite subjects were French, English, Art and Biology - but, most oddly, one of my best O-Level results was for Maths.

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

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A writer - but also a vet.

Q: Which three words describe you best?

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Lazy, hardworking, changeable.

Q: What do you do as a hobby?

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I love yoga, gardening, walking, birdwatching, swimming, going to the cinema, and reading (of course).

Q: What’s your favourite food?

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One of my favourite meals is simple but delicious: mushrooms on granary toast, with black pepper, cooked by my husband who can do this better than anyone else I know.

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

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Younger, definitely, and it depends which book I'm writing at the time - I might be eight, twelve, seventeen or (for the adult book I'm writing at the moment) thirty-three.

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

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Generosity.

Q: How long have you been a writer?

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I've got two answers: one is from the age of eight, when I decided that my ambition was to write stories for other people to live in; my second answer is from the age of thirty, when I realised that I'd have to make it happen by finishing a book and sending it to a publisher.

Q: Where do you do your writing?

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I have a writing hut in my garden, where I can sit and look at birds while I'm thinking, or at my stone Green Man near the arbour opposite. I also do quite a bit of writing in bed, first thing in the morning and last thing at night.

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

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The best thing is having the freedom to do or be whatever you want. The worst thing is that when the writing is going badly, it can seem completely pointless.

Q: Where do you get your greatest ideas from?

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Several of my novels have begun with places. THE SHELL HOUSE is based on a real ruined mansion on the edge of Epping Forest; NEVERMORE began with a visit to Snowshill Manor in Gloucestershire; AT THE FIREFLY GATE takes place in an imaginary village in Suffolk, but one that feels very real to me.

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

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For each book it would be the viewpoint character: Hilly in SISTERLAND, Hal in THE SANDFATHER. Sometimes the viewpoint is divided, as in SET IN STONE, where I wrote alternate chapters from the points of view of Charlotte, a governess, and Samuel, a young artist.

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

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I usually give myself a good telling-off and make myself sit down and get on with writing. That usually works.

Q: What was your favourite book as a child?

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One of my favourites was BAMBI, by Felix Saltern - I read it at the age of eight or nine, and it's stayed with me vividly ever since.

Q: What book do you wish you had written?

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BAMBERT'S BOOK OF MISSING STORIES, by Reinhardt Jung - a strange and wonderful book.

Q: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?

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Think of yourself as a writer. Try to write every day. Make it part of your life.

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    Published By
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    ISBN
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    ISBN
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    ISBN
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    ISBN
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    Status
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    ISBN
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    Published By
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    Status
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