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Stephen George

Simon Puttock

http://www.simonputtock.com/
info@simonputtock.com
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Q: What were you like at school?

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Surprisingly quiet. Well, mostly...

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

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An achaeologist or a marine biologist or a vet - and a writer.

Q: What is your favourite word?

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It varies, and pretty much all words are brilliant in the right context. 'Monosyllabic' is always a contender though - it is both accurate and absurd. I do a 'word thing' every now and then on my website. My favourite punctuation is almost definitely the ellipsis. Which I almost definitely over use...

Q: What are you afraid of?

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Spiders, failure and the continuing extiction of species - though not necessarily in that order. I am also somewhat perturbed by cockroaches.

Q: What is your most treasured possession?

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Memory - the one in my head that is, not on my computer.

Q: What strange habits do you have?

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None that anyone has told me... or that I would admit to suspecting that I have.

Q: What’s your favourite food?

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Pizza - cheese and tomato with a little bit (okay, a lot) of garlic.

Q: What do you day dream about?

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Everything - even though William Shakespeare is on record as believing that to be impossible, and I am inclined to agree with him.

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

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Currently, botanist. This may, or may not, be subject to future change.

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

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yes, I do.

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

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Kindness

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

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Whatever it was I seem to have forgotten it. Or ignored it. Or decided that I knew it all along...

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

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My tendency toward procrastination... um, I think...

Q: What has life taught you?

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To keep learning, question everything quite often and remember that most people don't actually want to kill you.

Q: What do you do as a hobby?

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Fret. (But not as in fretwork.)

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

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Whatever it was, it wasn't on purpose. Unless you count the international art-smuggling incident...

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

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There are lots of people I THINK I'd like to meet, but luckily I have already met lots that I'm very glad to know.

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

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Different places underground.

Q: How long have you been a writer?

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Nearly ten years

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

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At some point during the year that I turned seven.

Q: Where do you do your writing?

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In my head, and then at a tea trolley thingy in the turrety bedroom window. (No, I don't live in a castle.) But then again, sometimes on my laptop on the sofa. And occasionally in the car (Don't worry - not whilst steering - in fact, I don't drive; I am a passenger-only-type car person.

Q: Where do you get your greatest ideas from?

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Absolutely anywhere!

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

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All of them at least a little - except perhaps Miss Fox. Though who can tell...?

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

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Go for a walk. Or forget to go for a walk and get frustrated and feel dismal and then remember that going for a walk is often a good idea.

Q: What was your favourite book as a child?

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I had several, but one that remains so is the Little Bookroom by Eleanor Farjeon, illustrated by Edward Ardizzone.

Q: What book do you wish you had written?

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Something I don't even know I'm going to write yet.

Q: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?

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Read. And read. And read and read and read. And then read some more.

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

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Getting my writing to go the way I want it to/not getting it to go the way I want it to. Also hearing that someone has really enjoyed one of my books - fortunately people are generally far too nice to tell me if it's the opposite.

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