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?
I always enjoyed school. I love to learn. I'm the kind of person who -- if I had enough time and money -- would never stop taking classes.
Q: What did you want to be when you were a child?
I wanted to be an actress. I loved being on the stage -- whether it was as part of a choir or in a play or musical.
Q: Which three words describe you best?
Creative. Enthusiastic. Reliable.
Q: What is your favourite word?
Enthusiasm. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said: Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
Q: What makes you cringe?
Any 'ism' -- racism, sexism, etc. I can't stand when people make insensitive, thoughtless or ignorant comments.
Q: When did you last have a really good laugh?
I'm very lucky to be surrounded by people who love life and laugh often.
Q: What is your most treasured possession?
My grandma's engagement ring. She passed away several years ago, but my father only recently gave me her ring. We had a wonderful relationship. My novel DARK PARTIES is, in part, a tribute to her.
Q: What’s your favourite food?
Potatoes! You can slice, dice, mash and fry them. They are delicious plain or with a variety of toppings and sauces. I will eat them for any meal and at any time of the day or night. I also love chips and salsa!
Q: What do you day dream about?
Some people visualize a picturesque beach when they are trying to relax. I picture the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. the seconds after the lights dim and the moments before the curtain rises. I love the sweet anticipation of knowing I'm about to be swept away into the magic of live theatre.
Q: What’s the most outrageous thing you’ve done?
I quit my job and moved from Indianapolis, Indiana, to London, England to be with the man I love. We met standing in line at Universal Studios in Florida, but we didn't fall in love until years later. We've been happily married since 2004.
Q: What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?
Actress or FBI profiler.
Q: What quality do you most admire in a person?
Can I pick two? Vision and determination.
Q: What is the most interesting place you have ever visited?
I spent the night in a hotel made completely of ice in Lapland. It was cool -- both literally and figuratively!
Q: What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?
See every failure, mistake and bump in the road as an opportunity. Don't ask: why did this happen to me? Instead ask: what can I learn from it and how can it make me a better person?
Q: What has life taught you?
Never give up. I started writing for children when my niece Megan was born. I got my first book publishing deal when she graduated from high school. Giving up is easy. Trying and failing and trying again and again and again is hard, but necessary.
Q: How long have you been a writer?
I've always been a writer. When I was young I spent hours creating epic tales for my Barbie dolls. When I learned to write, I was always jotting down ideas, poetry and stories.
Q: Where do you do your writing?
I have a lovely little library, but I believe a change of scenery can be inspiring. I've written on trains, ships, and airplanes as well as in cafes, graveyards, and bed!
Q: Where do you get your greatest ideas from?
Any where and every where. You can train your brain to be open to ideas, asking what if and making connections. When you are looking and listening, you can find inspiration all around you.
Q: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Reading everything you can. Experiment with all kinds of writing. Don't be afraid to be honest or look foolish. Enjoy the process. Keep reading and writing and revising and failing and learning and improving and never give up!