The Author Hotline
being developed by CW4K, or Creative Writing 4 Kids. They are the company behind a website that enables children to create and publish their own stories online. In its first year it has signed up over 2000 members and has been enthusiastically received by children, parents and teachers. In fact the response has been so encouraging that they are planning a huge expansion of its services. Embedding The Author Hotline into the site is part of that expansion...
For more information on CW4K CLICK HERE
Q: What were you like at school?
A bit of a scallywag... OK, a lot of a scallywag.
Q: What is your favourite word?
Strudel (don't ask me why)
Q: What makes you cringe?
Q: What are you afraid of?
That I will wake up one day and someone really will have eaten all the pies.
Q: What is your most treasured possession?
My left ankle.
Q: What do you do as a hobby?
I play table tennis and grow strange-shaped vegetables, though not usually at the same time.
Q: What do you day dream about?
Scoring the winning goal at Lords.
Q: What’s the most outrageous thing you’ve done?
I'm a very sensible person and so have never done anything outrageous, although I did once slip on a banana skin outside a bank (really). Fortunately only about 40 people saw me.
Q: If you could meet one person, dead or alive, who would it be?
I would like to meet Elvis but not dead as the smell would be shocking.
Q: What quality do you most admire in a person?
The ability to purchase large quantities of my books.
Q: What is the most interesting place you have ever visited?
The back of beyond (it's just outside Watford).
Q: What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?
Never finish your senten
Q: What has life taught you?
That there is hope, but only one kind.
Q: How long have you been a writer?
Since 2000 (AD not BC)
Q: Was there a specific moment in your life when you decide to become a writer?
When I had a pen, some paper and a ripping good idea. No, actually it was when I heard a poet reading some of his work and I thought, 'Hmmm - I could do that.'
Q: Where do you do your writing?
On the back edge of a bleak windswept moor, there are three twisted birch trees, and below them an oily crag. In the heart of the dark rocks there is a hidden cave, known only to the moss and a few sly newts who tarry there. Inside the cave is a wondrous chamber cut from the gnarled gritstone centuries before by a blind hag who had a vision that there was topaz buried within. But I don't write there - I work in a bedroom at the top of my house.
Q: What are the best and worst things about being an author?
Best thing: 24/7 access to tea and bics. Worst thing: 24/7 access to tea and bics (it's bad for the belly, man).
Q: What was your favourite book as a child?
Stig of the Dump
Q: What book do you wish you had written?
Hands Up Books
How to Spot a Hadrosaur in a Bus Queue
Hodder Children's Books
The Real Me
Out of Print