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 followed the crowd mostly. I wasn't particularly good at any subject and loathed P.E. We had to travel by coach from Camberwell to Morden for cross country running. I was travel sick most weeks and couldn't run!
Q: What did you want to be when you were a child?
I wanted to be a window dresser, dressing windows like Selfridges and Harrods. I ended up leaving school at fifteen and working in a bank!
Q: Which three words describe you best?
Purple, creative, mad!
Q: What is your favourite word?
At the moment I like the word superfluous. I can't say it, but I like it!
Q: What are you afraid of?
Flying and heights - at the same time, yet I travel all over the world!
Q: Do you feel younger or older than your current age?
Ooohh! Much younger, of course!
Q: What is the most interesting place you have ever visited?
Just one? I've travelled so much it's too hard too say ... Iceland was amazing, Las Vegas hot and crazy, Thailand just beautiful ...
Q: What’s your favourite food?
Egg and chips - they have to chips from the chippie though.
Q: What quality do you most admire in a person?
Honesty - has to be.
Q: How long have you been a writer?
I first started writing in January 2003. I'd always wanted to set a story down on paper, but never had the time or confidence to do so. That January I made a New Year's resolution and haven't looked back.
Q: Where do you do your writing?
I often write, laptop on knees, in the lounge. When I really want to get a lot done though, I retreat to the study where a hard wooden chair makes me sit up straight and get on with it.
Q: Which of your own characters do you most identify with?
Certainly with Aggie as I'm an older sister who has been known to be quite bossy in the past. Also where Aggie is mean to her sister in the books, I had a lot of practise when I was younger. I even broke my younger sister's leg! But, I also can identify with Myrtle as I am a younger sister too! I know what is was like having an older sister who was sometimes unkind. She used to shut me behind doors ... well, I suppose I did call her names ...
Q: What book do you wish you had written?
The Hobbit. Love that book.
Q: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Never throw anything away - it may come in useful for another story. Never give up. It may take some time to get published, but keep going.
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