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?
Fond of arts, bad at sports.
Q: What did you want to be when you were a child?
Q: Which three words describe you best?
Chocoholic. Positive. Imaginative.
Q: What is your favourite word?
Q: What makes you cringe?
Bad grammar being employed by presenters on popular television.
Q: What are you afraid of?
The English speaking world becoming illiterate.
Q: When did you last have a really good laugh?
Q: What is your most treasured possession?
A small, silver box, once belonging to a favourite uncle.
Q: What do you do as a hobby?
Spend time with children, listening to their imaginations.
Q: What strange habits do you have?
I like to have new notebooks all the time. Far more than I really need.
Q: What’s your favourite food?
Scallops in cheese and cream sauce.
Q: What do you day dream about?
Dylan and Red Tabby's next adventure.
Q: What’s the most outrageous thing you’ve done?
Start a new life in Canada, then start yet another new life back here.
Q: What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?
That has all happened in the past. Film-making and so on.
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?
Kenneth Grahame, author of The Wind in the Willows.
Q: What quality do you most admire in a person?
Their good intent.
Q: What is the most interesting place you have ever visited?
Stewart, British Columbia. Isolated. Varied inhabitants. Amazing enclosed world.
Q: What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?
"You can do it." And I can!
Q: What would you most like to change about yourself?
My two left feet. If only I could dance.
Q: What has life taught you?
To respect my own talents. I've always encouraged others.
Q: How long have you been a writer?
Since I was a child. But the film industry drew on those talents for most of my life. Coming to Somerset kick-started my children's fiction.
Q: Was there a specific moment in your life when you decide to become a writer?
When I was a child. Certainly under ten.
Q: Where do you do your writing?
At my computer and while I'm half-asleep.
Q: What are the best and worst things about being an author?
The best is finding that an idea actually works and is understood and appreciated by its audience. The worst thing is waiting to find that out if that is so.
Q: Where do you get your greatest ideas from?
At the moment from my two key fictional characters. They're very bossy and force me to follow their lead.
Q: Which of your own characters do you most identify with?
A combination of Dylan and Red Tabby.
Q: What do you do to combat “writers’ block”?
Make a writing plan.
Q: What was your favourite book as a child?
Wind in the Willows
Q: What book do you wish you had written?
The next Dylan and Red Tabby book. All that work ahead! But, not to worry. I am occupied writing it now!
Q: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Write about what you love.
Safe for Life
Born to Dance
Under the Rainbow