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He explained: “It was quite funny. When I signed the contract I said that deadlines wouldn’t be a problem because I was an experienced journalist – then I managed to miss the deadline for Dancing.. by three months!
“Working from home requires a lot of self discipline and it’s vital for writers to get out and about and talk to people – otherwise they lose touch with the real world.”
Stephen began his career as a reporter on the Wilmslow Advertiser in Lancashire.
Stephen said: “After spending 27 years in journalism, this is a big step for me. But the thing about writing books is that there’s no retirement age – you just keep going ’till you slump over onto your keyboard!”
Stephen’s last day on the Guardian is April 12 and then the exciting world of showbiz beckons.
He said: “Some of the people at the Guardian were shocked I was leaving, but others could see it coming after the first book took off like it did.”
With two more books to write and a possible prime time television series in the offing, he will be kept busy for a while to come.
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