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...
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Q: What were you like at school?
I was a "good" kid. I was polite, always did my homework, and went out of my way to make friends with the "weird" kids. Everyone thought of me as the class brain. And I loved singing and playing music.
Q: What did you want to be when you were a child?
I thought I would be a professional musician.
Q: Which three words describe you best?
Smart, silly, smiley.
Q: What is your favourite word?
Q: What makes you cringe?
Bad grammar. And unkind people.
Q: What are you afraid of?
Wasps. Problems with my Internet connection.
Q: When did you last have a really good laugh?
Every single day I'm with my husband. We make each other laugh all the time.
Q: What is your most treasured possession?
Q: What do you do as a hobby?
I sing, play the piano, dance (tap, modern), take long, fast walks, and also love baking.
Q: What strange habits do you have?
I'm really good at memorizing song lyrics. Sometimes I'll put on an album I love and I can sing along with every word of every song. At the top of my lungs, thank you.
Q: What’s your favourite food?
Chocolate chip cookies.
Q: What do you day dream about?
Winning a big prize for one of my novels, having a novel made into a movie, selling a million novels...
Q: What’s the most outrageous thing you’ve done?
Having the nerve to finish my first novel. And quitting my teaching job in the belief that I could be a professional writer.
Q: What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?
I still dream of being a professional musician. Maybe someday...
Q: Do you feel younger or older than your current age?
Younger. Which is odd, since all during my teen years and twenties I felt much older. I think the switch happened in my thirties, and I'm now in my forties.
Q: If you could meet one person, dead or alive, who would it be?
I would like to meet the British author Anthony Burgess. However, I've seen videos of him being interviewed, and he was a little scary.
Q: What quality do you most admire in a person?
I admire kindness, respect, and hard work.
Q: What is the most interesting place you have ever visited?
I find wonderful things everywhere I go. I had an equally good time in Cleveland, Ohio, and when I traveled to Morocco.
Q: What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?
Nobody's going to do it for you. If you want to achieve something, figure out how to get it done and start doing it. But don't be afraid to ask for guidance along the way.
Q: What would you most like to change about yourself?
I'm sometimes too shy. I've been working hard on being more sociable in "live" situations.
Q: What has life taught you?
That once you believe you're worthy of happiness, you'll be able to find it.
Q: How long have you been a writer?
My entire life. My dad is a journalist, so I thought of writing as a normal thing to do. When I was seven, my teacher made us write short stories for homework, and I absolutely loved it. But then I got interested in non-fiction writing once I reached college, and I did that for a while. Sort of forgot about how much I enjoyed writing fiction for a number of years.
Q: Was there a specific moment in your life when you decide to become a writer?
I specifically decided to become a writer of fiction about ten years ago, when I had a series of unusual dreams. I'm still trying to capture those dreams in a novel, although I've finished several other novels since then.
Q: Where do you do your writing?
Sometimes I write at home at my computer, but I always carry a notebook and pen. I do a lot of writing on the New York City subway system. I also enjoy writing in coffee shops.
Q: What are the best and worst things about being an author?
The best thing is exploring my imagination. The worst thing is having to motivate myself every day to get a certain amount done. That's easier when you go to a job and there are other people expecting things from you on a daily basis.
Q: Where do you get your greatest ideas from?
From reading. Not to steal other writers' ideas, of course, but because I get inspired from seeing how wonderful the human imagination can be.
Q: Which of your own characters do you most identify with?
I think I'm a combination of Margaret and Harley in my medieval mystery novel, Trouble at the Scriptorium.
Q: What do you do to combat “writers’ block”?
I always have several projects going at once, and they're always very different from each other. If I can't make progress on one, I turn to another.
Q: What was your favourite book as a child?
My Brother Sam is Dead, by James Lincoln Collier
Q: What book do you wish you had written?
The True Meaning of Smek Day, by Adam Rex
Q: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Keep writing! It's the best way to get better at your craft.
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