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Stephen George

Rupert Matthews

http://www.rupertmatthews.com/
rupert@rupertmatthews.com
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Q: What were you like at school?

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A bit of a swot. I hated sport and spent most of my time reading books.

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

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Oh all sorts of things. A soldier, a pilot, a musician.

Q: What is your favourite word?

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Catastrophise - to treat as a catastrophe something that is really just a minor mishap.

Q: What are you afraid of?

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Heights. uggggh

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

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When watching that old movie Carry On Up the Khyber. I had forgotten how good it was. I went out and bought the DVD.

Q: What is your most treasured possession?

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The watch my father bought when he was demobbed from the Royal Air Force at the end of World War II. He had always wanted a good quality watch, but was never able to get one in the RAF. As soon as he left and returned to civvie street he started saving up for one. I still have it.

Q: What do you do as a hobby?

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Coin collecting

Q: What’s your favourite food?

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Roast beef and yorkshire pud!

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

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The captain of the Mary Celeste, so that I could ask him what really happened on board that ill fated ship.

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

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Avebury

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

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If you would be embarrassed to tell your friends about it, don't do it.

Q: How long have you been a writer?

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About 25 years.

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

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Not really. I always wanted to be a writer.

Q: Where do you do your writing?

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I have a room in the garden set up as an office.

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

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The best thing is the freedom it gives me, the worst things are all the deadlines that take that freedom away.

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

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I look at my bank balance.

Q: What was your favourite book as a child?

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The Biggles books. Fantastic stuff.

Q: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?

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You cannot get enough practice. Just keep on writing things - and try out different types of writing as well. Do a mystery story, then try a romantic story, then try some poetry. Even if the only person who ever reads it is yourself you will be gaining valuable experience.

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