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?
A teacher once described me as "often disruptive". I like to think that she meant it in a good way.
Q: What did you want to be when you were a child?
Reading John Grisham books made me want to be a criminal lawyer. I'm fortunate enough to have followed my dream. Not a single day is the same and the colourful characters that I meet give me inspiration for my stories!
Q: Which three words describe you best?
Never. Grown. Up.
Q: What is your favourite word?
I like saying 'Hullabaloo'. I like typing 'Banana'. Go on, try it. Fun huh?
Q: What are you afraid of?
Q: What is your most treasured possession?
My wedding ring. (And if we're including people, my wife)
Q: What do you do as a hobby?
Writing IS my hobby at the moment.
Q: What strange habits do you have?
I always get told off for clicking my joints! "You'll get arthritis....!"
Q: What’s your favourite food?
Easy. Sausage, egg and chips. Next question.
Q: What do you day dream about?
Tommy Parker being a household name. "What's your favourite Harry Potter book?" "Who? Oh, him. I prefer Tommy Parker." You know, that kinda thing.
Q: Do you feel younger or older than your current age?
Exactly the same. But I admit that I do feel a little older than I did when I first read the question.
Q: If you could meet one person, dead or alive, who would it be?
So many options, but from a literary point of view I'd like to have a chat with Roald Dahl.
Q: What quality do you most admire in a person?
Loyalty / sense of humour
Q: What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?
You can accomplish anything if you put your mind to it. (George Mcfly & my parents)
Q: What has life taught you?
That if you want to succeed in anything you have to put in the hard work. No one else can do it for you.
Q: How long have you been a writer?
About 5 years (evenings and weekends!)
Q: Was there a specific moment in your life when you decide to become a writer?
Nope. The idea for the story came to me one day and then I just started writing and didn't stop until my pen ran out.
Q: Where do you do your writing?
Mainly in front of me. Sometimes just to the side.
Q: What are the best and worst things about being an author?
I love escaping into my imagination where you can make absolutely anything happen. I do feel sorry for my wife who is occasionally subject to choruses of "Sssh, I'm concentrating!" or "Aww, you've made me lose my place now!" I hope she knows how much I appreciate her support (and her ideas) - she's always the first to hear the stories and has proved to be an extremely creative sounding board.
Q: Where do you get your greatest ideas from?
Q: Which of your own characters do you most identify with?
Tommy Parker. He's kinda me 20 years ago.
Q: What do you do to combat “writers’ block”?
Give up and sulk. Not really. Never give up kids. (unless it's really hard, then give up)
Q: What was your favourite book as a child?
As a young child - Charlie & the Chocolate factory. As a teen - Any John Grisham. Favourite 'adult' book is The Godfather by Mario Puzo.
Q: What book do you wish you had written?
To Kill A Mockingbird. An exceptional coming of age story that just happens to feature a court case and a brilliant lawyer / father figure in Atticus Finch. Right up my street.
Q: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Just make sure you enjoy it. If others like it, then that's a bonus. It's a wonderful feeling of accomplishment to finish a story of your own making. You don't have to be the smartest or even the best with words; just try to let the story shine through. Most readers will remember whether they were swept along by the story-telling. Let the English teachers worry about the silly things like grammar and vocab!
Tommy Parker: Destiny Will Find You!
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