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Stephen George

Mary Hoffman

http://www.maryhoffman.co.uk
readers@maryhoffman.co.uk
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Q: What were you like at school?

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At my state Primary School I knew I was one of the cleverest children, so I was quite cheerful and happy. Then I went on a scholarship to a girls' independent school and found I was one bright girl amongst many cleverer, That was a culture shock it took me a long time to get over. Eventually, I found my niche but was a bit of a rebel

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

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A garage mechanic, then an archaeologist and then an architect.

Q: Which three words describe you best?

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Impatient, romantic, precise

Q: What is your favourite word?

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renege

Q: What makes you cringe?

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Frank Sinatra's My Way; grammatical errors; most politicians, the word "hubby" - I spend a lot of time cringing!

Q: What are you afraid of?

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Heights, Daddy-long-legs. Used to be camels but not so much now.

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

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At a production of Twelfth Night yesterday, when Toby Belch, Andrew Aguecheek and Fabian were all "hiding" in a tree

Q: What is your most treasured possession?

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My wedding ring

Q: What do you do as a hobby?

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The word "hobby" makes me cringe. Oh no, that was "hubby"! Actually I don't like "hobby" either. I do everything whether work or leisure with the same intensity. I like reading best, then music (classical) and swimming, cooking, playing with my Burmese cats, doing cryptic crosswords, taking part in quizzes (if I am on the winning team)

Q: What strange habits do you have?

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I sleep with one leg stuck out of bed

Q: What’s your favourite food?

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I am a vegetarian but beyond that I like everything except beetroot, goat cheese and pineapple. I specially like Indian and Thai food, tofu, noodles, vegetable pie. I prefer savoury to sweet and am easily over-pasta-ed

Q: What do you day dream about?

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Fame and riches

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

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I don't really do outrageous things. Maybe not addressing George W Bush as Mr President when I met him counts?

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

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Opera singer

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

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Definitely younger

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

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Michelangelo. I'm writing a book about him and it would be v. useful!

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

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Courage and honesty

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

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Siena

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

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I'm very bad at receiving advice! But I learn by example.

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

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I'd like to be taller or have perfect eyesight

Q: What has life taught you?

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I'm still trying to find out

Q: How long have you been a writer?

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My first book was published in 1975

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

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Yes, when I had no idea what else to do, when I left university

Q: Where do you do your writing?

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Mornings are best for me. I work on a green sofa in my green and white study, with my laptop on my lap. But in a sense I'm always writing wherever I am. A writer never really goes off duty.

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

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The best is being your own boss. The worst is having to chase other people to do their jobs

Q: Where do you get your greatest ideas from?

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Inspiration particles

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

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The Duchessa, Silvia, in the Stravaganza sequence. She is beautiful, powerful, ruthless and everyone adores her. Also Grace, who is a little girl who likes stories

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

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I am lucky enough not to suffer from this debilitating condition

Q: What was your favourite book as a child?

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Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings

Q: What book do you wish you had written?

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I don't want to write other people's books usually but sometimes I am bowled over by another writer's brilliance, such as the late Jan Mark

Q: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?

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Don't aspire, perspire! You can't read too much or too widely. Don't stick to one genre. Write a lot and don't be afraid to throw a lot away.

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    Status
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    ISBN
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    Status
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    Status
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    Stravaganza: City of Secrets

    ISBN
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    Published By
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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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    ISBN
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    Published By
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    Status
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    ISBN
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    Status
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    Starring Grace

    ISBN
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