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?
a concert pianist!
Q: Which three words describe you best?
funny, thinking, kind
Q: What is your favourite word?
Q: What makes you cringe?
Q: What are you afraid of?
driving over open bridges!
Q: When did you last have a really good laugh?
Q: What is your most treasured possession?
a set of angel cards
Q: What do you do as a hobby?
Run a poetry group for grownups. Potter in the garden. Cooking. Go to a folk club.
Q: What strange habits do you have?
Walk up and down stairs to get some exercise! Talk to my cat as though she is still there
Q: What’s your favourite food?
Lots of things but probably fruit the most!
Q: What do you day dream about?
Lovely peaceful scenes.
Q: What’s the most outrageous thing you’ve done?
Accidentally went to a school wearing odd shoes.
Q: What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?
A jazz singer!
Q: Do you feel younger or older than your current age?
Younger - I think!
Q: If you could meet one person, dead or alive, who would it be?
Archbishop Desmond Tutu
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?
'Be kind to little animals wherever you may be And give a stranded jellyfish a shove into the sea!'
Q: What has life taught you?
To be as good a person as is humanly possible for me to be.
Q: How long have you been a writer?
I have written poetry since as far back as I can remember. Most of my work in schools has been based on performance of poems and also story-telling and singing some of my songs so this would be over 12 years but I haven't caught up with actually writing everything down yet and new ideas keep coming!!!
Q: Was there a specific moment in your life when you decide to become a writer?
I always wanted to be a writer but many other things too: a singer, a poet, a storyteller, a teacher, a musician, a theologian, a thinker.
Q: Where do you do your writing?
At my desk in my living-room though ideas can strike anywhere!
Q: What are the best and worst things about being an author?
The best thing is exploring the wonderful world of the imagination. The worst thing is when you want to complete something but at the same time you want to go and spend time with friends.
Q: Where do you get your greatest ideas from?
Its difficult to describe - its when the mind seems to be operating on a particular wave-length that it has slotted into without me consciously doing anything and comes up with something that it seems to have already 'worked out'!
Q: Which of your own characters do you most identify with?
'Billy Beansprout' because he seems to be in his own world and gets into all sorts of scrapes without meaning to!
Q: What do you do to combat “writers’ block”?
Have a cup of tea and let my mind relax.
Q: What was your favourite book as a child?
The magic faraway tree.
Q: What book do you wish you had written?
'Revolting Rhymes' by Roald Dahl
Q: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Enjoy the wonderful feeling of creating your own 'worlds' to share with other people.
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