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Stephen George

Malcolm Rose

http://www.malcolmrose.co.uk

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

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A mathematician, guitarist or a film producer. It didn't quite work out, did it?

Q: Which three words describe you best?

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Gorgeous, rich and self-delusional.

Q: What is your favourite word?

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Oxygen. It's essential for human life but, if we get too much of it, we die. In fact, if we never got ill and never had an accident, oxygen would kill us in old age. Oxygen makes ‘free radicals’ and they attack almost everything they come across in our bodies. Each breath doesn't amount to much damage but, over a lifetime, free radicals cause ageing. That's a powerful chemical! And, when playing Scrabble, it uses up some tricky letters as well.

Q: What do you do as a hobby?

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I keep cacti and collect stamps that feature fish. I also do a lot of walking - and thinking - in the Peak District.

Q: What strange habits do you have?

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I listen to very loud music whenever I write. Some of my favourites are post-punk instrumental groups like Mogwai, Jakob (from New Zealand), Mono (from Japan), The Workhouse, This Will Destroy You, Loss of a Child, and Explosions in the Sky. I also like vocal bands such as Sigur Ros, Chumbawamba, Editors and - the best of the lot - Kitchens of Distinction.

Q: What’s your favourite food?

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Pomegranates, crispy duck pancakes and peppermint creams, but not all at the same time.

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

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Younger. But when I act young, my old body reminds me I'm fooling myself.

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

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The scientist in me wants to meet Charles Darwin. The money-maker in me would persuade Steven Spielberg over for a cup of tea and chat about turning my books into films. The campaigner in me would love to speak to Martin Luther King. But I’ll settle for Chris Coleman (manager of Coventry City FC).

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

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Norway. That coastline is brilliantly designed. And the fjords, the mountains, the glaciers, northern lights...

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

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I wish I could play a musical instrument, particularly guitar.

Q: What were you like at school?

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A bit of a handful, I think. Still, I was good at maths, science, and daydreaming during the boring bits.

Q: What makes you cringe?

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People who are inconsiderate to others. People who ignore facts when they don't fit with their precious opinions (like creationists).

Q: What is your most treasured possession?

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My imagination of course.

Q: What do you day dream about?

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I'm a novelist. That makes me a full-time professional daydreamer. I daydream about characters, plots and everything. I can become anyone, go anywhere, do anything in my head. If I want to commit a crime or communicate with an alien, I can and I will!

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

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Just go for it.

Q: How long have you been a writer?

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Since the 1980s. Back then, I was also a lecturer in chemistry. I put aside my test-tubes and became a full-time writer in 1994.

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

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Best things: (a) the freedom to tackle any topic and the assembling of an interesting cast of characters to populate a new story; and (b) the sudden realization at some point in the writing that a story is really taking shape – and probably not the shape I had planned at the outset. Worst things: (a) having to redraft a story again and again when it is much more exciting to get stuck into the next one; and (b) leaving behind my imaginary friends at the end of the process.

Q: Where do you get your greatest ideas from?

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The news (there is so much weird, wonderful and bad news to chose from) and my own interests, particularly advances in science. Frequently, I am motivated by outrage.

Q: What was your favourite book as a child?

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The Owl Service by Alan Garner. It has mystery, a claustrophobic atmosphere and a menace that I envy. It also has some great sentences and a beautiful, strange ending.

Q: What book do you wish you had written?

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The Bible. Just think of the royalties!

Q: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?

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Visit my website and click on the Writing Tips link.

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

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When, for the first time, someone complimented one of my stories, written for fun rather than for publication.

Q: Where do you do your writing?

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In a study that was once a bedroom. It has a computer, reference books, and a good hi-fi system.

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