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Stephen George

Lynne Chapman

http://www.lynnechapman.co.uk
contact@lynnechapman.co.uk
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Q: What did you want to be when you were a child?

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A teacher first of all, but I soon decided to be an artist: I didn't know what an illustrator was then, because you didn't learn about them in school like you do now. I just knew I liked drawing and, because I did it lots, I got good at it. Then because I got good at it, people started to say how clever I was, and I thought 'I rather like this too...' (actually, that's still rather nice!)

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

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Honesty and a sense of humour.

Q: What were you like at school?

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I'd like to have some funny stories to tell you about how naughty I was, but I really loved school, so I was always good! I took everything very seriously and worried a lot about getting things right. I'm still a little bit like that sometimes.

Q: Which three words describe you best?

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Arty, Smily, Control-freak (does that count as 1 word??)

Q: What is your favourite word?

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Topiary, higgledy-piggeldy, gargantuan, oodles... it seems I have quite a few favourite words!

Q: What makes you cringe?

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Usually me: when I open my mouth before my brain is engaged (happens fairly regularly)

Q: What are you afraid of?

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Big black spiders mostly. Finding a toenail in my yoghurt would be pretty scary too...

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

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I laugh all the time (my husband says I have loose screws) but I laughed REALLY loud when I watched the animation 'Robots' a couple of nights ago.

Q: What is your most treasured possession?

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My sketchbooks, because they are totally irreplaceable. Everywhere I go, I take a little book and draw things I see. I love sketching, but it's also magical looking back through them, as they take me back there, even if years have gone by. As well as the place, I remember how I felt, any people who came up to have a look, and even smells, or music that was playing.

Q: What do you do as a hobby?

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I draw (obviously), but I also read a lot of novels, and I love to dance (I go jiving in a big swirly skirt!). I like just hanging out with friends too.

Q: What strange habits do you have?

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Well, I have been known to sing along with my Ipod (how embarressing is that?) and, even worse, I sometimes jiggle about to my music when I'm standing around in public places (must stop doing that...)

Q: What’s your favourite food?

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Cheese, spinach, pannacotta (a very, VERY creamy pudding) and Thai hot-sour soup (so spicy it almost makes your eyes pop out!)

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

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I'm not telling you that!!!

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

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I thinking acting could be fun, especially in comedies.

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

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Younger, definitely. I seem to have the energy of one of those puppies that is constantly dashing about, jumping up and down and playing with its own tail.

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

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I once spent 6 weeks travelling around China with my sketchbook. Everything was different to home - fascinating. You can see my China drawings on my website.

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

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If you really want to do something, don't give up.

Q: What was your favourite book as a child?

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I loved Dr Seuss and Enid Blyton, especially 'The Cat in the Hat' and 'The Wishing Chair'

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

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The Best: you create your own worlds out of thin air. The Worst: you spend too long on your own!

Q: Where do you do your writing?

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I work at home, in an attic studio, which makes it sound rather dark and mysterious, but it actually stretches right across the house, with huge windows. No cobwebs: honest!

Q: Where do you get your greatest ideas from?

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I try not to search too hard for them, as they don't like that: ideas pop into your head automatically if you let them.

Q: How long have you been a writer?

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I have been an illustrator for over 20 years (!!!) but have been creating children's book for nearly 12 years.

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

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Maybe Jasper the Cat from the 'Show at Rickety Barn', as I like to perform and show off, but I also like having fun with friends.

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

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If I can't get started, I just begin writing anything: perhaps describe what I see in front of me, or make up and describe a person, or simply write whatever pops into my head, however silly. It's surprising how often that leads you to somewhere more interesting... and then you're away!

Q: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?

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If you've finished writing something you're really pleased with, put it away for a week or so, then read it again with fresh eyes: you'll see lots of ways to make it even better when you come back.

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