George Ivanoff is Back to Answer Our Ten Quick Questions!
Yesterday George Ivanoff visited the blog and talked books and writing. How were those fantastic book trailers? Today, he’s back to answer our ten quick questions. Okay George – your time starts now!
Where is your favourite place to write?
I write in lots of places — in cafés while drinking coffee; in parks and playgrounds while my kids are playing; in aeroplanes, trains and cars while travelling; in my back yard when I need a bit of sunshine; I’ll sometimes even write at the dinner table while eating. I also write at night in the dark — I seem to get my best ideas just as I’m falling asleep, and I jot them down on a note pad I keep by my bed. I do this in the dark so as not to disturb my wife, which means that deciphering my nocturnal scrawls the next morning can sometimes be a tad difficult. But my favourite place to write is in my office, surrounded by my books and my clutter.
Who is your favourite author?
I have LOTS of favourite authors, but here are three of them:
John Christopher, who wrote The Tripods trilogy.
Robert A Heinlein, who wrote many science fiction books, including Time For the Stars and Citizen of the Galaxy.
Carole Wilkinson, who writes the DragonKeeper books.
Tell us about one of your most vivid childhood memories?
My earliest vivid memory is helping my Dad mow the lawn. I was four years old and using a toy mower while he used a real one. I remember feeling indispensible.
Name one essential item you always keep on your desk.
My notebook. In fact, I always take it with me, wherever I go.
What’s one thing you couldn’t live without?
Can I have two things? Chocolate and coffee!
What was the best present you ever received?
A pen that appears to stand on its own. It’s actually held up in its special stand by magnets. It was a Fathers Day present from my eldest daughter, when she was 6. She chose it herself and bought it with her own pocket money.
Characters in stories sometimes have special talents or powers. If you could choose an amazing talent or power for yourself, what would it be?
The ability to sing really well. It might not seem all that amazing to some people… but it would be amazing for me!
How do you collect and organise your story ideas? Any hints you can pass on to us?
I collect all my ideas in a series of notebooks. I always have a general notebook on the go, in which I jot down random thoughts and ideas. I also have a dedicated notebook for each book I’m writing. Those ideas, however, are not very organised. They are all over the place in my cluttered notebooks. But that’s how my mind works. I have a very cluttered mind.
In all the books you have written, do you have a favourite character?
Edgar the dragon in Gamers’ Quest. He only has a small part in the book, but I liked him a lot and I was very sad when I had to kill him.
What has been the best thing about becoming a writer?
Getting to make stuff up for a living.
What do you find most challenging about being a writer?
The discipline of sitting down and writing every day and not getting distracted by other things… like coffee and chocolate.
If you weren’t a writer, what job do you think you would be doing?
Well, I used to work in web development. But I haven’t kept up with all the changes in technology, which means I’d never be able to go back to that job. I do a lot of school visits and writing workshops — so perhaps I’d become a teacher?
Your favourite all time meal is placed on the table in front of you. What is it?
A selection of skeezy cheeses and a glass of premium red wine.
Thanks George! We’re looking forward to welcoming you to The Writer’s Masterclas! No doubt our Masterclassers will have lots of questions to ask you too!