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 no good at maths or science, but I loved English. I also loved performing in plays. I went to a girls' school.
Q: What did you want to be when you were a child?
Probably a lot happier than I was!!! I loved writing and making p stories - I don't think I ever thought I'd be a REAL writer, though
Q: Which three words describe you best?
Q: What is your favourite word?
Q: What makes you cringe?
People trying too hard to be 'nice'.
Q: What are you afraid of?
Death (my daughter works in Afghanistan)
Q: When did you last have a really good laugh?
This morning when one of my cats fell off my desk
Q: What is your most treasured possession?
A photo of my daughter
Q: What do you do as a hobby?
Walk, bake cakes, worry...
Q: What strange habits do you have?
I have to arrange all the objects on my desk in a special way before I can get down to work
Q: What’s your favourite food?
Roast leg of lamb with all the trimmings, followed by strawberry trifle
Q: What do you day dream about?
Having enough money to buy a small house somewhere warm
Q: What’s the most outrageous thing you’ve done?
I used to shoplift from Woolworth when I was 12 years old (tights and makeup)
Q: What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?
I'd love to be a singer - not going to happen, as I can't sing.
Q: Do you feel younger or older than your current age?
Definitely yonger!!! Sadly, my face doesn't agree.
Q: If you could meet one person, dead or alive, who would it be?
Charles Dickcens - he's such an inventive writer, and he led such an interesting life from the word go.
Q: What quality do you most admire in a person?
Q: What is the most interesting place you have ever visited?
Venice - I used it at the beginning of one of my books.
Q: What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?
Q: What would you most like to change about yourself?
I'd like to be a bit calmer and less worried about things
Q: What has life taught you?
It's NEVER as bad as you think (although sometimes it is!)
Q: How long have you been a writer?
Since I was about 8
Q: Was there a specific moment in your life when you decide to become a writer?
A 'published ' writer - probably when I was 40
Q: Where do you do your writing?
In the 3rd bedroom. The window overlooks the garden and the pond. It is very distracting.
Q: What are the best and worst things about being an author?
The best: seeing your book in print for the first time and talking to school classes. The worst: the constant self-doubt
Q: Where do you get your greatest ideas from?
My students. The are always up to amazing stuff and very generous in sharing it.
Q: Which of your own characters do you most identify with?
Jazmin in the Spy Girl books. I had an alter-ego too.
Q: What do you do to combat “writers’ block”?
I just keep writing through it. Or I go for a walk and let the next bit of the plot fall into place in m brain.
Q: What was your favourite book as a child?
Orlando the Marmelade cat
Q: What book do you wish you had written?
Anything by Khaled Hosseini
Q: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Enjoy what you are writing and try to make it the best you can do.
The dark side of midnight
Out of the shadows
Once upon a crime
Dead man talking