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 loved school, except being beaten on the leg with a ruler in front of the class.
Q: What did you want to be when you were a child?
A brave princess on a white horse, galloping about rescuing people. And a writer.
Q: Which three words describe you best?
Nosy. Talkative. Dreamy.
Q: What is your favourite word?
Q: What makes you cringe?
Plug-in air fresheners. Swede. Sea cucumbers. Sorry…
Q: What are you afraid of?
Q: When did you last have a really good laugh?
Five minutes ago, at our dog snuffling and racing in the snow
Q: What is your most treasured possession?
Three tall treasures - my husband, son and daughter
Q: What do you do as a hobby?
I read, learn Greek, listen to live music, walk, cook, grow things, get Greek ferries, watch plays and films,
Q: What strange habits do you have?
Sometimes I flap my hands – my mum said I did that soon after I was born.
Q: What’s your favourite food?
Mango, almonds, vanilla and Co-op seriously fruity yoghourts
Q: What do you day dream about?
Everything, especially my stories. And my dreams at night are very real.
Q: What’s the most outrageous thing you’ve done?
I’m not telling you.
Q: What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?
Musician or (loud) librarian
Q: Do you feel younger or older than your current age?
Much younger (though I don’t look it!)
Q: If you could meet one person, dead or alive, who would it be?
J.G.Ballard - dead Jane Gardam - alive
Q: What quality do you most admire in a person?
Q: What is the most interesting place you have ever visited?
A cafe at the tip-top of an island. The owner said he had NEVER left it, not even for someone’s funeral…
Q: What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?
Trust in your own judgement
Q: What would you most like to change about yourself?
I often speak before I’ve thought it through!
Q: What has life taught you?
Treasure what you have – it’s a lot.
Q: How long have you been a writer?
Ever since I could hold a pencil
Q: Was there a specific moment in your life when you decide to become a writer?
One of my lecturers at university suggested I should write for a living and that gave me a great deal of confidence.
Q: Where do you do your writing?
In a little room that looks onto a hillside. There’s a brook with herons and kingfishers – blink and you’ll miss them.
Q: What are the best and worst things about being an author?
I love having that story world safe in my imagination. I love it when I can share it in a book. I love writing a story and having someone illustrate it.
Q: Where do you get your greatest ideas from?
My life and my imagination, like everyone else does.
Q: What do you do to combat “writers’ block”?
Writer’s block? Be careful what you wish for, but I have so many ideas, I wish sometimes they’d slow down. They wake me at 3 o’clock in the morning.
Q: What was your favourite book as a child?
The Tailor of Gloucester . This was a legend re-told by Beatrix Potter and so different from her other books. And The Midnight Folk, by John Masefield.
Q: What book do you wish you had written?
The one I am dreaming about now. I’ll begin to write it in April or May.
Q: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Write the first draft for yourself.
The Littlest Owl
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Lord of the Forest
The Shaman Boy
Mariana and the Merchild
The Dolphin Bracelet’ in `Like Mother, Like Daughter’
Eleven o’clock Chocolate Cake’
`Wizard’ in `Winter Magic’