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7. What is your favourite book you have written?
I haven't got a favourite out of my own books, I've had good fun writing all of them - but the best one is always the one I'm writing NOW.
8. Do you have any tips for young writers?
I've got two main tips. First, tell the story as well as you can. If you
get to the end and you can see things that are wrong - go back and put them right.
There's no point in rewriting for the sake of it, but you're very lucky if you
get everything right first time. I usually have to rewrite a book three or four times.
9. How long does it take you to write a book?
It usually takes me between five and nine months to write a book, depending on the length. In that time I rewrite it three or four times, and I've always spent quite a long time thinking about it before I start.
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