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?
perhaps you should ask the people i was at school with.I quite liked primary school because i could do the work. Secondary school was in the middle of Manchester and there was plenty going on
Q: What did you want to be when you were a child?
A train driver and then a pilot.
Q: Which three words describe you best?
Tall,dark and handsome- but then not everyone would agree!
Q: What is your favourite word?
My favourite word changes like the weather but i have always been fond of squillions- it means an enormous number- not a word i hear you say - well if enough people used it then it soon would find its way into the dictionary
Q: What makes you cringe?
Parents who shout at their children in supermarkets.
Q: What are you afraid of?
Not being in control.
Q: When did you last have a really good laugh?
I can,t remember.
Q: What is your most treasured possession?
I am fortunate to have many things that i like but of all the things i possess i always have pleasure in using my Swiss Army Penknife.
Q: What do you do as a hobby?
I have just come back to cycling as a way of keeping fit. I also like long distance walking.
Q: What strange habits do you have?
I always ask people where they are when i telephone them.
Q: What’s your favourite food?
I enjoy a whole range of food - my wife is an excellent cook.
Q: What do you day dream about?
Q: What’s the most outrageous thing you’ve done?
When i was young i did quite a few outrageous things but thats in the past and now i like to think i am a bit more responsible.
Q: What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?
i would have liked to fly jet fighters.
Q: Do you feel younger or older than your current age?
I am now seriously doubting that i will live for ever and despite my body telling me otherwise from time to time i still think i am as invincible as an eighteen year old.
Q: If you could meet one person, dead or alive, who would it be?
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?
to thine own self be true
Q: What would you most like to change about yourself?
i would like to be able to play the piano
Q: What has life taught you?
Its no good crying - get up and get on.
Q: How long have you been a writer?
If we mean books about 10 years
Q: Where do you do your writing?
Usually at home - dont have a schedule and ideas lie dormant for long periods of time
Q: What are the best and worst things about being an author?
Holding your own book is the best thing and being rejected is the worst.
Q: Where do you get your greatest ideas from?
i dont know
Q: Which of your own characters do you most identify with?
Green Janine is a great girl- the dog is turning into quite a character but perhaps i like the cat because it never does what anyone elsewants it to do.
Q: What do you do to combat “writers’ block”?
Wait until it goes away
Q: What was your favourite book as a child?
I am now what some people would call "old" but when i was a child Enid Blyton,s famous five and secret seven books were just coming out. I loved them there were also some comics that had written stories that i enjoyed and then i took up wit CS Forrester and the "Hornblower" stories
Q: What book do you wish you had written?
"Plop the owl who was afraid of the Dark"
Q: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
The English language is a brilliant tool and is probably the most precise language there is so you are lucky to be good at it.When it comes to being published never lose heart.
Green Janine Goes to Foreign Parts
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Green Janine Turns Detective
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