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Stephen George

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Q: What were you like at school?

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Happy, noisy and a bit naughty

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

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A magician

Q: Which three words describe you best?

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Chatterbox, daydreamer, animal lover

Q: What is your favourite word?

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mousikie (a little mouse)

Q: What makes you cringe?

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Cruelty, injustice, bossiness

Q: What are you afraid of?

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Being stung by a wasp

Q: What is your most treasured possession?

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Pets, family photos, my home

Q: What do you do as a hobby?

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Enjoy myself

Q: What strange habits do you have?

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Talking to myself

Q: Whatís your favourite food?

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Fruit cake, almonds, cherries, mango and goatís cheese Ė all together.

Q: What do you day dream about?

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My childhood and daytrips on sunny days

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

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Historian, conservationist, musician, actor

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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Gosh thatís difficult! If I had to pick one, probably the writer Charles Causley.

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

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Have the courage of your convictions and also kindness

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

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Thatís another tricky one. Probably, it would be a tree house where I stayed in Sri Lanka. The monkeys ran up and down the trees and pinched my washing.

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

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Always be able to support yourself

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

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Learn not to worry about unimportant things

Q: What has life taught you?

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Itís amazing luck to have been born at all!

Q: How long have you been a writer?

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Iíve always written, but Iíve earned my living as a writer for about 16 years.

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

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Not really, but I do remember deciding to try and get something published.

Q: Where do you do your writing?

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I write at home but do my daydreaming in libraries and cafťs.

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

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The best things are being creative, getting your work accepted for publication and having the freedom to do as you please. I canít think of any major drawbacks, but if you want to make lots and lots of money, writing isnít the way to do it.

Q: Where do you get your greatest ideas from?

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They float around and you have to catch them before they drift away.

Q: What do you do to combat ďwritersí blockĒ?

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I havenít really suffered from writerís block, but if an idea is tired, I let it sleep for a bit.

Q: What was your favourite book as a child?

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I loved 'Wynken, Blynken and Nod,' by Eugene Field. It's handed down from generation to generation in my family. It's a bedtime poem and I can remember thinking how warm and snug it made me feel.

Q: What book do you wish you had written?

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Thereís so many. Hereís some: Oscar Wildeís The Happy Prince, Susan Cooperís The Dark is Rising sequence, Charlotte's Web and Charles Causleyís All Day Saturday, and just about any historical fiction. Oh! And 'The Fault in Our Stars,' by John Green.

Q: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?

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Donít give up. Try writing something of your own every day, even if itís only a few lines. Carry a notebook with you to jot down ideas, and read, read, read. You might also like to draw pictures of your ideas or make a collage and write about what you see.

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