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Stephen George

Liz Kessler

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

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Naughty! Until I had a brilliant English teacher who made me want to behave and work hard, and who made me think I might have some talent!

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

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A poet. Also an air hostess. (No idea why the latter - I'm pretty scared of flying now!)

Q: Which three words describe you best?

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Um. You decide.

Q: What is your favourite word?

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Swishy! :)

Q: What makes you cringe?

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The sound of cutlery scraping across a plate. Eeeouuch!

Q: What are you afraid of?

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Big spiders, flying and very high heights!

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

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Last sunday having dinner round at a friend's house.

Q: What is your most treasured possession?

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My grandmother's ring, which I always wear.

Q: What do you do as a hobby?

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Body boarding, playing the piano, poi (Look it up if you want to know what that is. There's a pic of me doing it on my website!) walking the dog on the beach, reading, photography. Not that I find the time to do anywhere enough of any of them!

Q: What strange habits do you have?

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None!! ;) Well, I wouldn't think they're strange would I, because they're mine!!

Q: What’s your favourite food?

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Bacon butty - yum yum!!

Q: What do you day dream about?

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My stories - plots and characters. Oh, and Emily Windsnap the Movie! :)

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

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How boring am I? I can't think of a single outrageous thing. I'll have done lots of outrageous things when I was young - but have trained myself to forget them all!

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

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Wildlife documentary film maker; Antarctic explorer; Coastguard rescue person; time traveller. (Not sure if this last one actually exists...yet!)

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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Someone from the future who can tell me how the world's going to end up, and how we can save it!!

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

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What I most admire is simply someone who is 100% genuine.

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

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Enormous underground caves in Spain. They really fire my imagination.

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

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The Chinese word for 'Crisis' is the same as the word for 'Opportunity.' Not exactly advice, but a good one to remember.

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

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Right now, I'd love to lose two stone and be really really fit.

Q: What has life taught you?

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To celebrate and be grateful for every single day of it.

Q: How long have you been a writer?

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I first started writing when I was about eight. But I've been published as an author since 2003.

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

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Absolutely. I can remember the day very clearly. I was playing a game called 'Fantasy Lives' with my mum, and suddenly realised that all of my fantasy lives involed writing. It was very immediate. Within a couple of months, I'd left my job, enrolled on a Writing MA and started on a novel!

Q: Where do you do your writing?

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Mostly at home in my study. Sometimes in a cafe with a notebook.

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

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Best - oh, so much. The thrill of being involved in a story is probably the top thing. Also, the fact that you can organise your work when it suits you - you can spend all day at your computer in your pyjamas if you like. You can sit in a cafe watching the world go by while you figure out your next plot twist. You receive lovely emails from people who've enjoyed your books. It's a brilliant thing to be! The worst - probably when you get really stuck and just can't figure out where to go. But taking a bit of time out, and having good, supportive writer buddies, generally helps you get through those times pretty quickly.

Q: Where do you get your greatest ideas from?

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Truth? I have no idea!! But I'm grateful for them.

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

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I think there's probably a bit of me in Emily Windsnap, and perhaps in Daisy too.

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

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I think the best thing (for me) when I get really stuck is to take some time out - let it all settle down in the back of my mind for a while, and then come back to it fresh. Also, I talk to a few carefully selected writing buddies who always help me through these times too. Thankfully, it hasn't happened to me much in the last few years, but I know that it can happen, and it can feel awful when it does, so I never take anything for granted.

Q: What was your favourite book as a child?

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The Phantom Tollbooth, by Norton Juster. Also The Adventure of the Wishing Chair, by Enid Blyton.

Q: What book do you wish you had written?

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Just the ones I have written : )

Q: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?

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Work hard, listen to people's advice but believe in yourself. Keep trying. Get yourself a writer buddy who can share the pains and the joys with you. Most of all - ENJOY IT!

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