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 like to think that I was a brilliant student who shone like a star – but in reality I was just another spotty kid with far too much to say for himself (not much changed there then!)
Q: What did you want to be when you were a child?
I used to dream of playing for Arsenal – even when it was obvious that I was useless at football (again, things haven’t really changed there either!)
Q: Which three words describe you best?
Handsome, hairy and humble.
Q: What is your favourite word?
Yes (when offered a slice of creamy chocolate cake)
Q: What makes you cringe?
Memories of embarrassing moments.
Q: What are you afraid of?
Harm coming to my children.
Q: When did you last have a really good laugh?
This morning, when I caught a glimpse of myself in the bathroom mirror.
Q: What is your most treasured possession?
My sanity - although you won't believe it if you met me!
Q: What do you do as a hobby?
Reading, going to the cinema, walking and supporting Arsenal.
Q: What strange habits do you have?
Far too many to admit to here.
Q: What’s your favourite food?
Succulently cooked lamb.
Q: What do you day dream about?
Everything and anything.
Q: What’s the most outrageous thing you’ve done?
Sunk a car on Southport beach - don’t ask.
Q: What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?
Q: Do you feel younger or older than your current age?
Younger – of course!.
Q: If you could meet one person, dead or alive, who would it be?
Nelson Mandela - but I’m sure I wouldn't be able to actually say anything.
Q: What quality do you most admire in a person?
Q: What is the most interesting place you have ever visited?
Q: What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?
"Listen to what others have to say – then do what you think is right..."
Q: What would you most like to change about yourself?
I really should be thinner.
Q: What has life taught you?
To be ready to grab opportunities when they present themselves.
Q: How long have you been a writer?
My first book was published in 1988.
Q: Was there a specific moment in your life when you decide to become a writer?
I used to love making my own books as a child – so I suppose it was then.
Q: Where do you do your writing?
All the time – in my head. Also in my garden office.
Q: What are the best and worst things about being an author?
Best – being able to share my stories with so many people. Worst – never having enough time.
Q: Where do you get your greatest ideas from?
From overheard conversations.
Q: What do you do to combat “writers’ block”?
Q: What was your favourite book as a child?
Elidor, by Alan Garner.
Q: What book do you wish you had written?
His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman.
Q: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
No writer EVER got it right first time.
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