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Stephen George

Enid Richemont

http://enidrichemont.org.uk

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Q: What were you like at school?

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I was shy, but at the same time quite actressy. I wasn't socially confident, and had a few special friends rather than lots and lots.

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

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A dancer, a writer, an artist, and (ha-ha) a saint (didn't take on board the requisite status for that last ambition was being extremely GOOD and being extremely DEAD!)

Q: Which three words describe you best?

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restless, workaholic, loving

Q: What is your favourite word?

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I have lots of favourite words, like twilight,luminous, iridescent, stillness, peace...

Q: What are you afraid of?

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Creepy-crawlies that I can't see, especially at night.

Q: What is your most treasured possession?

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My Bernina sewing machine - I love it!

Q: What do you do as a hobby?

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Can yoga be described as a hobby? Otherwise I'm serious and professional about everything I do.

Q: What’s your favourite food?

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avocado salad

Q: What do you day dream about?

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Traveling a lot more. And having another book launch like the fantastic central London one I had for FOR MARITSA WITH LOVE, a Young Adult novel about a Romanian gypsy girl in Paris. This book attracted a European film offer which fell through, and I dream about a French film company turning it into a film a bit like AMELIE (but they'd have to translate it first!)

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

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In another life,I'd love to train as a classical dancer. One day I may even get back to painting, too.

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

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Younger mostly, but sometimes extremely ANCIENT and CRUMBLY!

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

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Vivienne Westwood, an original and amazing dress designer who reminds me of portraits of Elizabeth the First. She's COOL!

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

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Responsiveness

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

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Oregon and the Pacific coast, USA

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

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I'd like to be a lot braver.

Q: What makes you cringe?

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racists!

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

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My grandson's wonderful spelling of 'elephant'! (I won't tell you because it might embarrass him in a few years time).

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

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I've done a lot of posing for life classes, which some people might classify as outrageous (I'd classify THEM as very silly).

Q: How long have you been a writer?

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Since I was about seven or eight, I think, and that makes it a long, long time.

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

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No

Q: Where do you do your writing?

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In my back room which overlooks the garden. For years I used to write curled up in a cane rocking chair in front of the computer, which made my first editor really LAUGH! I now have a very comfy office chair.

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

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One of the best things is communicating with people I'll never, probably, even meet - that's magic. The worst thing has to be waiting for responses and decisions from publishers.

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

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Work.

Q: What was your favourite book as a child?

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The Box of Delights by John Masefield.

Q: What book do you wish you had written?

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Any of the fairy stories by Oscar Wilde - pure, heartbreaking magic!

Q: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?

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Writing's a hard profession, but there are so many outlets now - far more than when I first started. Believe in yourself and your work - that's all I can say.

Q: Where do you get your greatest ideas from?

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Living, feeling and listening.

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

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Nearly all of them.

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