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?
Diligent. I tried hard. Passed all my exams - but only just.
Q: What did you want to be when you were a child?
Footballer, pop star or astronaut.
Q: Which three words describe you best?
Tall. Charming. Creative.
Q: What is your favourite word?
Q: What makes you cringe?
Poor grammar from adult wannabe writers.
Q: What are you afraid of?
Q: When did you last have a really good laugh?
The other day during a school visit when a kid asked me if 'The Fire Within' was a metaphor for heartburn!
Q: What is your most treasured possession?
A bosun's whistle that belonged to my dad.
Q: What do you do as a hobby?
Write (and record) songs.
Q: What’s your favourite food?
Vanilla ice cream.
Q: What do you day dream about?
Q: What’s the most outrageous thing you’ve done?
I once ran onto a stage to shake hands with a country singer called Waylon Jennings. I've led a sheltered life...
Q: What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?
Stand up comic.
Q: Do you feel younger or older than your current age?
I don't pay any attention to age. And I like grey hair - on men AND women - so there!
Q: If you could meet one person, dead or alive, who would it be?
Q: What quality do you most admire in a person?
Q: What is the most interesting place you have ever visited?
Norway. A member of my family lived on an island in the mouth of a fjord. Fantastic place.
Q: What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?
If you want to do well as a writer, write what your editor wants you to write; if you want to be happy, write what YOU want to write.
Q: What would you most like to change about yourself?
My temperament. Even now, I still get irritated too easily, especially at BAD DRIVERS (sorry).
Q: What has life taught you?
That nothing ever turns out the way you expect it to.
Q: How long have you been a writer?
23 years and counting.
Q: Was there a specific moment in your life when you decide to become a writer?
No. It started as a hobby when I was 32.
Q: Where do you do your writing?
On a tiny table between a TV and a sink. I kid you not.
Q: What are the best and worst things about being an author?
Best: all the compliments I receive from fans right around the world. Knowing that I might have changed someone's life for the better is fantastic. Worst: having to cope with the fact that writing is a business. So many wannabes just do not understand that.
Q: Where do you get your greatest ideas from?
My writing dragon, Gadzooks.
Q: Which of your own characters do you most identify with?
Q: What do you do to combat “writers’ block”?
Back up a little in the story to a chapter where I'm certain everything is right, then try taking off in a different direction.
Q: What was your favourite book as a child?
Q: What book do you wish you had written?
Holes by Louis Sachar.
Q: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Believe in yourself and don't give up.
The Fire Within
The Fire Eternal