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?
A bit of a swot, I suppose, and sporty
Q: What did you want to be when you were a child?
I don't remember really. Certainly not a writer; that came much later (aged 32 actually)
Q: Which three words describe you best?
Persistent, enthusiastic, and I can't think of another one
Q: What is your favourite word?
Q: What makes you cringe?
A picture of myself, grossly overweight, in Tenerife last year
Q: What are you afraid of?
The UK running out of energy
Q: When did you last have a really good laugh?
The sight of my naked self in the bathroom mirror this morning
Q: What is your most treasured possession?
Q: What do you do as a hobby?
Q: What strange habits do you have?
I have the annoying habit of poking my ears
Q: What’s your favourite food?
Dark chocolate with hazelnuts, and sticky toffee pudding
Q: What do you day dream about?
Doing a JK Rowling and becoming a bestseller all over the world in 67 languages
Q: What’s the most outrageous thing you’ve done?
My annual stint as a panto Dame
Q: What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?
Q: Do you feel younger or older than your current age?
Q: If you could meet one person, dead or alive, who would it be?
Arthur Conan Doyle
Q: What quality do you most admire in a person?
Straightforwardness, if that's a word. It is, I just checked it.
Q: What is the most interesting place you have ever visited?
Paris, I think. But I'm going to the Big Apple later this year, and that'll be it.
Q: What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?
Never ever give up
Q: What would you most like to change about yourself?
I always wanted to be a six-footer
Q: What has life taught you?
Not a lot
Q: How long have you been a writer?
I had a school text book published in 1974 (about the Romans)
Q: Was there a specific moment in your life when you decide to become a writer?
Q: Where do you do your writing?
In my office (I'm also a publisher)
Q: What are the best and worst things about being an author?
Best - seeing a book through from beginning to end and being published. Worst - self-imposed deadlines
Q: Where do you get your greatest ideas from?
From the books I've been reading: the Sherlock Holmes novels of Conan Doyle for example.
Q: Which of your own characters do you most identify with?
George McWilliam, the OAP who is the hero of my play "Doon The Watter" (a bit like myself, really)
Q: What do you do to combat “writers’ block”?
Walk away and wait till my mojo has started working again.
Q: What was your favourite book as a child?
Swallows & Amazons
Q: What book do you wish you had written?
Q: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Have faith in your own ability and never give up
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