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Dan Freedman

Dan is best known for his hugely popular series of Jamie Johnson football novels (Scholastic UK).

The books have been adapted for TV by the BBC and the drama series is being broadcast around the world.

The Jamie Johnson books have sold more than 800,000 copies globally.

Before becoming an author, Dan was managing editor for The FA for seven years. He interviewed the likes of Messi and Ronaldo and has been to two World Cups as part of the official England Team group.

He was also part of the official delegations to meet the Queen, the Prime Minister and Nelson Mandela.

When not writing, Dan gives talks at schools and sports clubs.

He has made 2000 school visits during the last decade and it was those experiences that inspired him to write his newest novel, Unstoppable.

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Has being a journalist helped you to become an author?

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Why do you write about sport in your books?

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Are there going to be any more Jamie Johnson stories?

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Do you write the scripts for Jamie Johnson?

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What is your new book Unstoppable about?

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Why did you feature knife crime in the story?

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How do you research your subject matter and characters?

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Why did you write with a dual narrative in the book Unstoppable?

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How do you approach ending your stories?

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Do you ever get stuck when you are writing?

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Did you find it difficult to become an author?

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What is your process of editing when you are writing?

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Why is editing so important when you are writing?

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What do you hope to achieve by writing books?

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How do you create a character or characters that people care about?

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Excerpt from Unstoppable read by Dan Freedman

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Is your book Unstoppable suitable to younger readers such as upper primary pupils?

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Why did you write about gangs in your book unstoppable?

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Should we teach pupils about knife crime and gangs even if their is perception that it does not happen within a school's lived experience?

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Why did you not kill off the characters of either Kane or the mother in Unstoppable?

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Why is it good to talk about topics such as knife crime?

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How can we show young people how to respect themselves as well as those around them by not carrying knives?

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Dan offers a presentation about his latest book Unstoppable and how and why he got into writing fiction books based on sporting themes.

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Dan offers insights into his writing process through a writers workshops held with Students at Hewens’ College in Hayes.

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