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Stephen George

Tim Knight

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tim2knight@gmail.com
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Q: What were you like at school?

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Angelic, hardworking, happy and successful. Where did it all go wrong?

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

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A vet.

Q: Which three words describe you best?

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Glass half empty

Q: What is your favourite word?

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aardwolf

Q: What has life taught you?

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If you want something to happen, you need to make it happen, not leave it to chance. As Gary Player said: 'The more I practise, the luckier I get.'

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

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I would like a new pair of knees and a personality transplant, which would allow me to carry on playing sport and keep cool when my children misbehave.

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

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Seize the day. I have a Mark Twain quotation on my office wall:'Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do.'

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

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The genie in Aladdin's lamp. That way I could ask to meet three people: Sir David Attenborough, Nelson Mandela and Barack Obama.

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

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The Borneo rainforest.

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

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Much younger, until I try to touch my toes.

Q: What strange habits do you have?

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None. I gave away the nun's outfit years ago.

Q: What do you day dream about?

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Sorry, what was the question again?

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

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I'm having enough problems attempting this one, to be honest.

Q: What’s your favourite food?

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Chocolate, pasta, bacon sandwiches and a spicy crab noodle soup from Vietnam (but not all together).

Q: What do you do as a hobby?

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When I have time I like to draw some of the animals that I have encountered on my travels around the world.

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

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I once pretended to be in a different house at school and sneaked into their weekly assembly, because I knew that they were going to listen to 'Us and Them' by Pink Floyd. I can't tell you about the rest.

Q: What is your most treasured possession?

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1) My children, then a big gap. 2) A death's head hawk moth found dead in a hotel garden in Laos. 3) A drawing of an owl butterfly by Gary Hodges.

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

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Watching a tv advertisement claiming that McDonalds meals are healthy. Reading 'Down Under' by Bill Bryson.

Q: What are you afraid of?

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Dentists, injections, guns, religious fanatics of all persuasions, and leaving behind a broken planet for my children.

Q: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?

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Marry someone rich or someone who works in publishing.

Q: What book do you wish you had written?

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The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me by Roald Dahl

Q: What was your favourite book as a child?

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Gorilla Adventure by Willard Price. Green Eggs and Ham by Dr Seuss.

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

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Eat plenty of fibre for breakfast.

Q: Where do you get your greatest ideas from?

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I steal them from my children. Most of my own great ideas turn out to have been used by someone else already.

Q: Where do you do your writing?

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In a cosy room overlooking my garden shed, which is where I would do all my writing if I were a serious author.

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

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Best: Being told by someone how much their child enjoyed your book. Worst: Having a great idea for a new book that nobody else thinks is a great idea.

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

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No. The idea has always lurked in the shadows like a neglected family pet. Every now and then it creeps up behind me and bites me on the ankle to remind me that I haven't paid it any attention for a while.

Q: How long have you been a writer?

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I remember writing poems when I was nine, but my first book wasn't published until 30 years later. So I've been a writer for 40 years and a successful one for 10!

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    ISBN
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    Status
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    ISBN
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    Published By
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    Status
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    ISBN
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    Published By
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    Status
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    ISBN
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    Published By
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    Status
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    ISBN
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    Published By
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    Status
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    ISBN
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    Published By
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    Status
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