George Mann

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George Mann

George Mann is the author of the Newbury and Hobbes and The Ghost series of novels, as well as numerous short stories, novellas and audiobooks. He has written fiction and audio scripts for the BBC’s Doctor Who and Sherlock Holmes. He is also an anthologist and has edited The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction, The Solaris Book of New Fantasy and a retrospective collection of Sexton Blake stories. He lives near Grantham, UK.


Interviewed 16 December 2017

Ten words to sum up your working life to date ...

Books, bookshops, publishing, steampunk, spooky, mystery, time, crime, adventure, doctor.

Nine things you can see from where you're sitting ...

An ichthyosaur skeleton cast
A whiteboard covered in a long ‘to do’ list
A loft hatch leading to a secret book lair
Board game boxes
A signed photograph of Matt Smith
A painting by Paul Hanley
A notebook filled with story ideas
A table covered in file cards containing the plot to my next book

Eight minutes to prepare a meal. What's it going to be ?

A cheese and ham omelette.

Seven people you'd like to go for a drink with ...

I've assumed this is a fantasy list so included a couple of people who are no longer with us … David Bowie, PJ Harvey, Peter Capaldi, Kate Bush, Alan Moore, Annie Clark, Peter Cushing.

Six things you can't live without ...

A notebook
My family
Friends
My phone
A good book
Coffee

Five favourite words ...

Penumbra, smidgen, cinder, ephemera, temporal.

Four places you'd run away to ...

The Scottish Highlands, Cornwall, New Zealand, New York.

Three books you've bought recently ...

The Cry of the Innocents by Cavan Scott, Looking Good Dead by Peter James, Phasma by Deliah S Dawson.

Two things that make you rant ...

Politics and continuity discussions.

One thing you'd tell your teenage self ...

Relax!