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...
For more information on CW4K CLICK HERE
Q: What is your favourite word?
Q: What are you afraid of?
Q: When did you last have a really good laugh?
At the pool yesterday with our baby Fergus, who was blowing bubbles in the water.
Q: What do you day dream about?
New story ideas
Q: What do you do as a hobby?
Write! And read! (And cycle, and bushwalk, and picnic, and swim)
Q: What strange habits do you have?
I wear a hat A LOT because I don't spend much time doing my hair.
Q: What’s your favourite food?
Mum's spaghetti bolognaise.
Q: What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?
I've tried lots of professions: it's a great way to learn new things and it helps you discover the things you really love to do. I've been: - a circus performer - a garbage analyst - a magazine editor - an English teacher - a food demonstrator - a junk mail deliverer
Q: What has life taught you?
Laughing is very, very good.
Q: Do you feel younger or older than your current age?
I can't even remember my current age.
Q: Where do you do your writing?
On my desk at home, or in a cafe, or in a library, or sometimes I write on the back of a supermarket reciept.
Q: What are the best and worst things about being an author?
BEST: - I can read a lot of books and pretend it's 'work' - I can go to events and festivals and meet lots of people who love books - I can make up a whole new world and then change it into anything I like WORST: - Sometimes I can write for twelve hours non-stop and forget to eat and forget to walk and miss out on an entire day of sunshine :-/
Q: Where do you get your greatest ideas from?
Walking in the bush
Q: What do you do to combat “writers’ block”?
- Take a walk - Make a sandwich - Keep writing, at double pace, just to get past the bit that isn't working.
Q: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
- Enter writing competitions, especially the free ones. - Read! Read in bed, read on the couch, read in the park, read on the bus (just don't get carsick and throw up!)