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Stephen George

Ronda Armitage

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ronda@armitage493.fsnet.co.uk
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Q: What were you like at school?

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I loved my very small primary school but most of my reports from my secondary boarding school include the words'could do better.'

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

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Bareback rider in a circus,nurse, actor and to live in different countries around the world.

Q: Which three words describe you best?

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procrastinator, daydreamer, explorer

Q: What is your favourite word?

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Popocatapetl. Very mysterious

Q: What makes you cringe?

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Adults patronising children

Q: What are you afraid of?

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Mice running around in the house

Q: What do you do as a hobby?

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Read, garden, walk, visit the theatre. Play hide and seek with my grandson , Tomas

Q: What strange habits do you have?

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Going barefeet through the summer.

Q: What’s your favourite food?

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Ooh, what a difficult question. Anything with passion fruit. Salads made by other people with unknown bits and pieces in them.

Q: What do you day dream about?

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That's my secret.

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

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Telling my headmistress that I thought she was being extremely unfair and refusing to do what she asked. She was furious but I was very polite and much to my amazement she apologised.

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

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I'd love to be an architect and design houses, including treehouses.

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

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I think most people once they're past 30 years feel younger than their current age. When I'm climbing trees with Tomas or building houses in the woods I feel quite childlike again.

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

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My grandmother. I was partly raised by her until I was seven years and then we moved far away from her. I only saw her two or three times until she died when I was nineteen. She was a remarkable woman and somewhere deep down I've always missed her.

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

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India, Laos, New Zealand where I was born and the city of Siena in Italy.

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

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I'd like thick, dark auburn hair and be an illustrator as well as a writer.

Q: What has life taught you?

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Don't be afraid.

Q: How long have you been a writer?

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The first book was published in 1977 but until 2003 I always had another job as well as the writing.

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

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Not really. My husband David is a painter and illustrator. He suggested it might be fun to do a book together so we did.

Q: Where do you do your writing?

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I have a long thin study, once a long thin bedroom.

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

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I love the intense concentration of the writing, just me and the words but I do get very frustrated when I have an idea for a story but cannot turn it into a story.

Q: Where do you get your greatest ideas from?

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Everywhere. Look and listen. Some of my early books were based on things our children did. Tomas is now four so I'm keeping a close eye and ear on him! Not that I've told him this.

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

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daydram while I walk for miles and I read poetry.

Q: What was your favourite book as a child?

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Horton the Elephant Hatches an Egg by Dr. Seuss and The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

Q: What book do you wish you had written?

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The Story of Ferdinand by Munroe Leaf.

Q: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?

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Read, read, read and write, write, write. It's like learning anything you have to practice.

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