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Stephen George

Andrew Solway

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solwaya@yahoo.co.uk
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Q: What were you like at school?

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Quiet, gawky, obsessed with music and books, saved from geekdom by horse-riding.

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

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First a train driver, then a vet (I did some work for a vet in my teens).

Q: Which three words describe you best?

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Hopelessatdoing the three-worddescriptionthing.

Q: What makes you cringe?

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Embarrassing moment in comedy TV programmes.

Q: What are you afraid of?

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Scary people, cockchafers (a beetle).

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

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Yesterday.

Q: What is your most treasured possession?

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I have a few things, like my bike and my shaving bowl, that I bought ages ago and seem to get better with age rather than falling apart.

Q: What do you do as a hobby?

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Tai Chi, kayaking, cycling when I get round to it.

Q: What strange habits do you have?

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Iím not strange in any way, Iím perfectly normal. Normal, you hear?

Q: Whatís your favourite food?

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Pasta, if itís perfect. Amazingly, there are quite a lot of people who can cook perfect pasta.

Q: What do you day dream about?

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Being able to afford a new car.

Q: Whatís the most outrageous thing youíve done?

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Iím not a very outrageous person. I did once dye my hair pink, but I meant to dye it red, so Iím not sure this counts.

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

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I would like to teach Alexander Technique or Tai Chi full-time.

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

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Depends on my children. One minute they say Iím immature, the next Iím an old fogey.

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

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Does it have to be one? I admire enthusiasm, focus, persistence, compassion, generosity Ö

Q: What has life taught you?

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Not to try and be wise about life, the universe and everything.

Q: How long have you been a writer?

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About ten years, or since I was about 8, depending on how you define Ďbeing a writerí.

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

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I decided to write full-time in 2001, when the editorial job I was doing ran out of steam. I had the choice of chugging along doing the same old thing or trying to write full-time, and I decided to go for it.

Q: Where do you do your writing?

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In my bedroom-cum-office.

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

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Make tea, go for a walk or a bike ride, do some Tai Chi.

Q: What was your favourite book as a child?

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Iím embarrassed to say it was probably The Ring OíBells Mystery by Enid Blyton. But I also liked Just William books a lot, and when I first read Dickens it blew me away.

Q: What book do you wish you had written?

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The Sign On Rosieís Door by Maurice Sendak. I would love to have done the pictures too.

Q: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?

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Write. No excuses, Write something every day. And read lots. And donít forget to live, too. Itís a hectic schedule.

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