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 didn't speak Engligh until I was 11 years old, when we moved from Germany to Australia. That made talking with people hard so as a result I spent most of my time on my own drawing. I was somewhat of a goody-two-shoes and didn't get in trouble at school. I got really good grades for the most part.
Q: What did you want to be when you were a child?
First I wanted to be a vet, then a translator, then a travel agent and then the owner of an ice cream shop. I loved to draw and so would have loved to be an artist. I loved to watch Disney animated movies and so always wanted to work on such movies as well.
Q: Which three words describe you best?
motherly - empathetic - driven
Q: What is your favourite word?
Q: What are you afraid of?
I'm terribly scared of heights.
Q: When did you last have a really good laugh?
About two minutes ago. My hubby is a goofball.
Q: What is your most treasured possession?
Do my two girls count? They are not really my possessions but they are most dear to me.
Q: What do you do as a hobby?
I have always loved to draw (rather obvious for an illustrator). I love to do crafts and make bracelettes with beads. I used to be an avid scuba diver but haven't been in many years. Getting married and having kids has changed my hobbies somewhat.
Q: What’s your favourite food?
I like chocolate and icecream way too much. Hmmmmm chocolate... oooh, or icecream with hot fudge. Yum.
Q: Do you feel younger or older than your current age?
Younger. I still feel like I did when I was in High School with maybe a little less energy. :)
Q: What quality do you most admire in a person?
Loyalty, sincerity and honesty. I guess those are more than one quality but they definitely speak to the type of person that you are dealing with.
Q: What is the most interesting place you have ever visited?
Thailand. The courty is so beautiful and the people are some of the friendliest people I have encountered anywhere in the world. There is such a stark contrast between the poor and incredible gold and jeweled temples that it is difficult to wrap your mind around it.
Q: What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?
Follow your heart. Listen to your inner passions and follow them. They will not lead you wrong. I have always wanted to be an illustrators, once I knew there was such a thing. Not knowing how to make this happen caused me to follow a career in Graphic Design. My job coninutally took me away from creating art and my heart always wanted to pull me back to being an artist. It took a lot of time and work to get to this point in my life and I had to take lots of detours and u-turns to get here. But I now have my dream job. Following my passion has definitely paid off.
Q: If you could meet one person, dead or alive, who would it be?
I don't know if I could narrow it down to one person. There are so many incredible people throughout history that have inspired me. The great Arthur Rackham, Salvador Dali, Maxfield Parish and Heronimus Bosch to name just a few.
Q: What has life taught you?
Don't give up, persevere through the hard times, hard work pays off eventually, and don't listen to the doubters.
Q: What makes you cringe?
Those bad auditions on television talent shows. I get embarrassed for the contestants.
Q: What do you day dream about?
My girls growing up happy, safe and successful and my illustration career continuing to grow in the direction it is. Then there are those dreams of being secluded on a warm tropical island, sigh...
Q: What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?
Commercial scuba diver.
Q: How long have you been a writer?
I'm not a writer (yet) but I have been illustrating professionally for 7 years now.
Q: Was there a specific moment in your life when you decide to become a writer?
I decided to pursue illustration full time when I left my corporate day job that took me away from my art.
Q: Where do you do your writing?
I work in my little studio/office that is crowded with books, paper, drawings, paintings, kiddos, dogs and way too many cats (I have 4 and 2 dogs)
Q: What are the best and worst things about being an author?
The best thing about being an illustrator is that I can work on something that I love. The other great thing is that I have the freedom to make my own schedule as long as the work gets done. The worst thing is that I have the freedom to make my own schedule. :) The other bad thing is that it can get lonely because most illustrators work on their own and don't get to see other illustrators that often.
Q: Where do you get your greatest ideas from?
Everywhere and every thing. There is so much inspiration in this world that you just need to look and you will find it.
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