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?
When I was 7 and 8 I used to imagine fairies sitting on the classroom windowsill instead of listening to the teacher.
Q: What did you want to be when you were a child?
I wanted to live on an island in the middle of a lake and keep pet lions.
Q: Which three words describe you best?
Mother, dreamer, animal lover
Q: What is your favourite word?
'Mama' for obvious reasons!
Q: What makes you cringe?
My father talking about me as a baby to strangers with babies (I am nearly 50!).
Q: What are you afraid of?
Accidentally uncovering a nest of maggots! I have done this once.
Q: What is your most treasured possession?
The irreplaceable photos of my children.
Q: What do you do as a hobby?
I have always been fascinated by miniatures and collect delicately handmade things for my 1/12 scale dolls house.
Q: What strange habits do you have?
Hmmm...I think my kids would say that it is going into the'zone' where there is a delay before I answer them. I call it day dreaming.
Q: What’s your favourite food?
Q: What’s the most outrageous thing you’ve done?
When I was 10 I build a cardboard school for my dolls and set fire to it. All dolls survived but a couple had to get wigs. Don't try this!
Q: What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?
I've always fancied archaeology...quietly digging up bones and tickling them with brushes...
Q: Do you feel younger or older than your current age?
Younger - I can still fool around with my children and have sleep overs with my 13 year old daughter.
Q: If you could meet one person, dead or alive, who would it be?
Sir David Attenborough, because he has seen so many amazing animals and plants in such wonderful places.
Q: What quality do you most admire in a person?
Q: What is the most interesting place you have ever visited?
The Canadian Rockies
Q: What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?
Enjoy your children while you can because you can never have that time back.
Q: What has life taught you?
You can never go too far wrong by following your heart.
Q: How long have you been a writer?
I started writing about three years ago when an idea for a story seemed to come to me out of the sand dunes at my local beach. I started a correspondence course at that time.
Q: Where do you do your writing?
I usally write at my laptop in a bay window with a view of the North Sea. Other times it will be in the car while I wait for a child's music lesson or sports activity to finish.
Q: What are the best and worst things about being an author?
I think it likely that all writers write because they love it - that is the best thing. The worst thing is not being able to write when you want to.
Q: Where do you get your greatest ideas from?
Ideas can spring from anywhere, our life experiences, work, family and what we read in newspapers too.
Q: Which of your own characters do you most identify with?
Nikki, because she is the only girl in the story and while I wrote the story through her eyes, I had to imagine her feelings.
Q: What do you do to combat “writers’ block”?
I remind myself how precious time is and how I mustn't waste it.
Q: What was your favourite book as a child?
An Otter's Story
Q: What book do you wish you had written?
'Children of the Dunes' a ghost story that I have started but not finished.
Q: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Read and write lots and take a course - it is amazing what you do not pick up from reading alone.
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