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Stephen George

Susie Hodge

http://www.susiehodge.co.uk
susiehodge@hotmail.com
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Q: What were you like at school?

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Goody two-shoes; everyone's friend!

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

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An author and illustrator and a ballerina in my spare time.

Q: What makes you cringe?

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Catching a glimpse of myself in a mirror when I walk through a store.

Q: What are you afraid of?

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Deep, dark, murky sea and anything bad happening to my family.

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

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Today. (You had to be there).

Q: What is your most treasured possession?

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My three cats - although can they be classed as possessions?

Q: What do you do as a hobby?

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My work is my hobby as well! Drawing, painting, reading, researching and writing.

Q: What’s your favourite food?

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Cheese and tomatoes.

Q: What do you day dream about?

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Having a bigger house with lots more rescued animals.

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

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Doctor - a really good one of course, saving lots of lives. Or a vet - but I'd get too emotional.

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

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Younger.

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

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Jane Austen, Balenciaga or Caravaggio - sorry, that's three.

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

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Honesty, kindness and sense of humour - sorry, that's three too.

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

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Florence in Italy.

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

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When I was at secondary school, a teacher told us to always work in noise because, he said, we'll rarely work in silence throughout our lives. I can work anywhere now; noise doesn't stop my concentration. (But remember, you have to complete your homework thoroughly wherever you do it)!

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

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Hmm. How long have we got?

Q: What has life taught you?

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Be positive and try to help others.

Q: How long have you been a writer?

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A long time. I used to work in advertising writing ads, then I wrote stories. My first non-fiction books were published in 1997.

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

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When I first learned to read.

Q: Where do you do your writing?

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In my studio in the roof. It's got four big windows so light pours through and all my books and art materials are around me.

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

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Best: 1. Lovely emails from all sorts of people I've never met before who like my books. 2. Being able to choose when I work - through the night if I want. Worst: Urgent deadlines that always come on top of each other so I have to work all day and night to get everything finished in time.

Q: Where do you get your greatest ideas from?

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Looking at art and watching and talking to people.

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

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It doesn't happen, it's my job so I just keep writing - but then I do illustrate as well, so the change probably helps.

Q: What was your favourite book as a child?

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Can't choose one! Noel Streatfield's Ballet Shoes; Frances Hodgson Burnett's A Little Princess; Joanna Spry's Heidi and just about every book by Enid Blyton.

Q: What book do you wish you had written?

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Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Q: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?

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If you want to write, just do it, as the more you write, the better you get at it. Once you've written something, put it aside for a week or so, then read it again. Any bits that need changing should pop out at you.

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