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?
Q: What did you want to be when you were a child?
Q: What is your favourite word?
Q: What makes you cringe?
remembering embarrassing moments, none of which Iíll tell you about
Q: What are you afraid of?
What the forthcoming Tory government will do to this country
Q: When did you last have a really good laugh?
Canít remember, but Iím going to see Dave Gorman tonight and I laughed a lot the last time I saw him
Q: What is your most treasured possession?
A book called ĎThe New Girlsí by Sue Dymoke. Itís a collection of poems by my partner, which she dedicated to me
Q: What do you do as a hobby?
Swim, cycle, play table tennis, go to gigs and movies. I also collect indy comics, signed first editions and all kinds of music
Q: Whatís your favourite food?
Duck with peas and lettuce, served with gravy and mashed potatoes
Q: What do you day dream about?
I used to daydream endlessly but stopped when I started writing novels
Q: What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?
Q: Do you feel younger or older than your current age?
Most days, fifteen years younger (or do I mean fifteen years old?)
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?
Havana, Cuba, where the photo above was taken, the christmas before last
Q: What would you most like to change about yourself?
I wish Iíd looked after my teeth better when I was young
Q: How long have you been a writer?
I started writing seriously twenty-five years ago. Iíve been a professional writer for twenty years
Q: Was there a specific moment in your life when you decide to become a writer?
I went to university to study Law. After four weeks, I dropped out of the course and decided I wanted to be a novelist, so studied English and American Literature instead
Q: Where do you do your writing?
In a book lined study at the front of a house in Sherwood, Nottingham
Q: What do you do to combat ďwritersí blockĒ?
Thereís no such thing. I sit at the desk until words come out and I donít get up until Iíve finished my total for the session
Q: What was your favourite book as a child?
Enid Blytonís Secret Seven series
Q: What book do you wish you had written?
Q: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Read as much as you can. Write, then rewrite. Keep writing. Repeat ad infinitum.
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