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 was funny because I was shy. Always late after break because I got lost in a book during recess. Teacher's pet.
Q: What did you want to be when you were a child?
A writer for children. Or a cartoonist.
Q: Which three words describe you best?
Compulsive. Geeky. Friendly.
Q: What is your favourite word?
KILIKILI! The best word in the world. It's Filipino for 'armpit'
Q: What makes you cringe?
Q: What are you afraid of?
Falling into the sea!
Q: When did you last have a really good laugh?
When I ran out of petrol in the middle of the motorway because I was so busy chatting to my friend.
Q: What is your most treasured possession?
Q: What do you do as a hobby?
I make YouTube videos.
Q: What strange habits do you have?
I chew ice cubes when I'm writing. When I turn up at my local cafe, they always serve me a tall glass of ice cubes.
Q: What’s your favourite food?
Sweet and Sour Pork Hong Kong Style.
Q: What’s the most outrageous thing you’ve done?
Persuade a famous American film director to give me an interview.
Q: What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?
I'd love to make movies!
Q: Do you feel younger or older than your current age?
Younger, definitely. But then when I was younger, I felt older
Q: If you could meet one person, dead or alive, who would it be?
Q: What is the most interesting place you have ever visited?
Q: What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?
Q: What would you most like to change about yourself?
I'd like my hair to always be the right cut so that I never have to go to the hairdressers!
Q: How long have you been a writer?
Since I was six.
Q: Where do you do your writing?
My husband had a beautiful office built for me in the garden. I write in the cafe up the hill.
Q: Which of your own characters do you most identify with?
A boy named Bernardo who is eight feet tall.
Q: What was your favourite book as a child?
The Prince and the Pauper by Samuel Clemens
Q: What book do you wish you had written?
The White Darkness by Geraldine McCaughrean
Q: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
If at first you don't succeed, write another book.
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