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Stephen George

Neil Arksey

http://www.neilarksey.com
author@neilarksey.com
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Q: What is your favourite word?

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I have a few. I liked 'Slubberdegullion' so much that I used it as the title of one of the chapters in AS GOOD AS DEAD IN DOWNTOWN. Then, when I wrote my latest book, INTELLIGENT LIFE, I went one stage further and used three more of my favourite words as the names of the three main characters: Balustrade, Lugubrious and Sidereal. Now I'm thinking about a new character called Gallimaufrey. I haven't decided yet whether they're going to be male or female but because of the the meaning of the word I know their life is chaotic. It's going to be fun working out what their story will be!

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

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A stuntman. (I was very good at putting myself in danger)

Q: What do you do as a hobby?

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Swim. Butterfly mostly.

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

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King of England

Q: What’s your favourite food?

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Biscuits dunked in tea.

Q: What strange habits do you have?

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You don't want to know.

Q: What do you day dream about?

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Sleeping.

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

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Their hair. (I don't have any!)

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

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A library. I love libraries. They are full of VERY interesting BOOKS.

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

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Duck!

Q: What were you like at school?

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Considerably shorter.

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

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Jonathan in Intelligent Life. My mum thinks the book is totally autobiographical even though Jonathan saves London from total destruction and has encounters with several extra-terrestials!

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

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Yes. It was the moment I decided to become a writer.

Q: Where do you do your writing?

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In bed. With tea and lots of biscuits (see: favourite food)

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

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Best: spending all day in pyjamas. Worst: the crumbs (see: where do you do your writing)

Q: What was your favourite book as a child?

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A Fish Out Of Water. Marianne Dreams. Huckleberry Finn. Stig of the Dump. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.

Q: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?

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Read widely. Try new writers and new genres. If you like them, read more. If you don't, don't. The biggest single factor that separates published writers from all the very talented unpublished writers out there is pig-headed determination and donkey-like stubbornness.

Q: How long have you been a writer?

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Since year 5.

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    Status
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    ISBN
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    Status
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