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Stephen George

Paul Dowswell

http://www.pauldowswell.co.uk
pauldowswell@hotmail.com
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Q: What were you like at school?

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A bit of a blur

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

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Musician

Q: What is your favourite word?

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Curiosity

Q: What are you afraid of?

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A Medieval mindset

Q: What is your most treasured possession?

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My Les Paul guitar and some of my Dad’s water colours.

Q: What do you do as a hobby?

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Play music, travel with my family

Q: What’s your favourite food?

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Oysters

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

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Lighthouse keeper

Q: How long have you been a writer?

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20 years

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

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Best thing: I spend my life finding out interesting things then writing about them. Worst thing: It’s a solitary life – which is why I especially enjoy socialising with friends and family, playing music with other people and going on school visits.

Q: Where do you get your greatest ideas from?

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Reading, talking to people, watching documentaries... If you do what I do you keep your eyes and ears open and grab whatever takes your interest.

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

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I always plan my books very carefully in advance, so I always know what’s going to happen. It’s just a case of getting down and doing it. If I can’t settle I go for a brisk walk – works wonders!

Q: What was your favourite book as a child?

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Geoffrey Willans and Ronald Searle’s ‘Molesworth’ books.

Q: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?

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Read as much as you can – it’ll all sink in - and don’t write in a vacuum. Show your friends or your mum or your teacher, or put your stuff online on things like www.publishinghouse.me.uk/index.php where other viewers are asked to comment on your work.

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    Auslander

    ISBN
    0747594198
    Published By
    Bloomsbury
    Status
    In Print

  • Battle Fleet

    Battle Fleet

    ISBN
    0747589100
    Published By
    Bloomsbury
    Status
    In Print

  • Prison Ship

    Prison Ship

    ISBN
    0747595941
    Published By
    Bloomsbury
    Status
    In Print

  • Powder Monkey

    Powder Monkey

    ISBN
    074759595X
    Published By
    Bloomsbury
    Status
    In Print

  • The Egyptian Echo

    The Egyptian Echo

    ISBN
    0746027516
    Published By
    Usborne
    Status
    In Print

  • The Roman Record

    The Roman Record

    ISBN
    0746069146
    Published By
    Usborne
    Status
    In Print

  • The Second World War

    The Second World War

    ISBN
    0746062060
    Published By
    Usborne
    Status
    In Print

  • True Polar Adventure

    True Polar Adventure

    ISBN
    074605193X
    Published By
    Usborne
    Status
    In Print

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    True Stories of the First World War

    ISBN
    0746057490
    Published By
    Usborne
    Status
    In Print

  • True Stories of the Second World War

    True Stories of the Second World War

    ISBN
    0746057482
    Published By
    Usborne
    Status
    In Print