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Stephen George

Jonathan Shipton

http://www.jonathanshipton.co.uk
jcs@shipton.greenisp.org
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Q: What were you like at school?

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Worried. I was sent away to boarding school when I was seven

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

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A train driver so I could escape from my school - there was a train line at the bottom of the playing field.

Q: Which three words describe you best?

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Curious. Creative. Curmudgeonly.

Q: What is your favourite word?

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Flapdoodle

Q: What makes you cringe?

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TV Talent shows.

Q: What are you afraid of?

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Things that go bump in the night.

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

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Playing snowballs with my family.

Q: What is your most treasured possession?

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My home in Wales

Q: What do you do as a hobby?

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I’m a cartoonist and card maker.

Q: What strange habits do you have?

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I whistle a lot.

Q: What’s your favourite food?

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Cheese.

Q: What do you day dream about?

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Being a bird.

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

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I'm saving it up for when I'm much older.

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

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Teaching

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

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When I was young I felt old; now I'm older I feel quite young.

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

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The poet Sylvia Plath.

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

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Playfullness.

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

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The temples of Gokarna in South India.

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

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People who don't make mistakes don't make anything.

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

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I'd like to be a little less shy.

Q: What has life taught you?

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Some people can dance and I'm not one of them.

Q: How long have you been a writer?

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Since I was about ten.

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

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It was probably in 1996 when my youngest son started going to playschool

Q: Where do you do your writing?

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I always start my writing at the kitchen table with pen, paper and biscuits and then I when I'm happy with the rough outline of a story or poem I move on to the computer and leave the biscuits behind.

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

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The best thing is knowing that your words are being enjoyed by people all over the world. The worst thing is spending months working on a story only to discover it is utter rubbish!

Q: Where do you get your greatest ideas from?

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Children.

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

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Emily because she is quite stubborn and crazy and loves guinea pigs.

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

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I tidy up my desk, throw things away and dig up potatoes

Q: What was your favourite book as a child?

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A tiny picture book called 'The Inquisitive Harvest Mouse.'

Q: What book do you wish you had written?

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'Where the Wild Things are' by Maurice Sendak

Q: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?

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Read A Lot.

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