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 enjoyed school, worked hard and loved reading and writing.
Q: What did you want to be when you were a child?
I wanted to be a teacher and before becoming an author I taught for 29 years.
Q: Which three words describe you best?
artistic, creative, communicative
Q: What is your favourite word?
Q: What makes you cringe?
The thought of rice pudding.
Q: When did you last have a really good laugh?
A few minutes ago.
Q: What do you do as a hobby?
I like making all kinds of things, like cards, working in clay, and making props to go with my books. I also like painting and drawing.
Q: What’s your favourite food?
Q: What do you day dream about?
Characters and plots for my books.
Q: What’s the most outrageous thing you’ve done?
Climbed a mountain.
Q: What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?
I've already taught and I can't think of anything else I'd rather be now than a children's author.
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 be yourself.
Q: What has life taught you?
Never give in.
Q: How long have you been a writer?
I started writing in 2007 and my first book was published in 2009.
Q: Was there a specific moment in your life when you decide to become a writer?
I wrote my first story (on the wallpaper in my bedroom) when I was very young! I've always written stories but the turning point for me was when I finished teaching and I had the time to write.
Q: Where do you do your writing?
I have a study where I write and type. My computer, art materials, and books are also in this room.
Q: What are the best and worst things about being an author?
The best thing is you can write at any time of day or night. The worst thing is you have deadlines.
Q: Where do you get your greatest ideas from?
From my imagination, from things I've seen or places I've been or people I know.
Q: Which of your own characters do you most identify with?
My favourite character and the one I like to write about the most is called Camelin. He's a greedy, grumpy raven who likes kebabs. He's got his own facebook page now.
Q: What do you do to combat “writers’ block”?
I haven't had it yet, my problem is finding enough time to write.
Q: What was your favourite book as a child?
That's a hard question to answer, I have a lot of favourite books from my childhood but if I had to pick one it would be the Chronicles of Narnia (all of them!)
Q: What book do you wish you had written?
Q: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Read a lot, write a lot, edit a lot, and never give up. A good starting point is to write from your own experience.
The Golden Acorn ~ The Adventures of Jack Brenin Book One
Glasruhen Gate ~ The Adventures of Jack Brenin Book Two
Silver Hill ~ The Adventures of Jack Brenin Book Two
Hawke & Co. Book One ~ The New Neighbours
Hawke & Co. Book Two ~ The Pirate Ship
The Golden Acorn ~ The Adventures of Jack Brenin Book One ~ first edition
Out of Print
Glasruhen Gate ~ The Adventures of Jack Brenin Book Two ~ first edition
Out of Print