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Stephen George

Philip Steele

http://www.philipsteele.co.uk/
phil_steele@btinternet.com
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Q: What did you want to be when you were a child?

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When I was 5, my primary school teacher said I should be a writer when I grew up. So I did as I was told.

Q: Which three words describe you best?

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handsome, rich and NOT

Q: What is your favourite word?

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sun

Q: What is your most treasured possession?

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A painting from Nepal

Q: What do you do as a hobby?

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Try to learn to play the saxophone. I can't do it!

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

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East Africa

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

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I was already working in book publishing, and thought 'Hey, I could do that!'

Q: Where do you do your writing?

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I have a studio at my home in North Wales, overlooking hills and fields of sheep. The room is filled with zillions of books, computer stuff, notes and cups of coffee. It is often very messy. I only tidy up when the book is finished.

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

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Good things: learning more about subjects as I write, thinking about exciting ways to present them, and working with teams of editors, designers and illustrators. It's fun! Bad things: Not enough leisure time.

Q: Where do you get your greatest ideas from?

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Talking to children, visiting historical sites, travelling.

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

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I never get it. If I did, I couldn't pay the bills.

Q: What was your favourite book as a child?

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The Eagle of the Ninth, by Rosemary Sutcliffe (and its sequels)

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