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?
Shy. Nervous. The kind of person who danced on top of pianos to try to be funny and fell off. I loved to read more than anything so I spent most of my childhood in Narnia, on Kirren Island, at the top of magical trees, in underground worlds, or in the library.
Q: What did you want to be when you were a child?
This is a strange answer but I wanted to be Annie. From the original film. I also wanted to be an actor. A dancer with red satin ballet shoes. A writer. A mermaid.
Q: Which three words describe you best?
Friendly. Determined. Dreamer.
Q: What is your favourite word?
Ooh - I have so many. At the moment, if I have to choose, it's twizzled.
Q: What makes you cringe?
Trying to tell a joke.
Q: What are you afraid of?
Q: When did you last have a really good laugh?
Today. My dog and my husband make me laugh every single day.
Q: What is your most treasured possession?
A child's boot from the Victorian age which I found washed up on the beach. It's a bit battered but it gave me an idea for a story and I love it!
Q: What do you do as a hobby?
I collect sea glass obsessively!
Q: What strange habits do you have?
I still make wishes on dandelion clocks, shooting stars, rainbows. Is that strange?!
Q: What’s your favourite food?
Tofu. Perhaps I should have put this as my strange habit?
Q: What do you day dream about?
Everything! Stories. Fairies. Magic. Ghosts. Things that live under the ground. Things that live on clouds. The past - not my own. The future. What a sheep must be saying to itself as it chews on grass. What happened to people in Victorian times? What happens to people on the other side of the world? What would it be like to be two hundred years old? What would it be like to set off on a raft into the ocean? What is my dog thinking right now?
Q: What quality do you most admire in a person?
Q: Where do you do your writing?
I have a lovely little writing shed in my gorgeous little garden but I usually end up writing at the kitchen table while eating too many biscuits.
Q: Where do you get your greatest ideas from?
Walking with my dog Watson Jones. We are lucky enough to live very close to the sea so that gives me loads of ideas.
Q: What was your favourite book as a child?
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. I loved it!
Q: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Go for it! Everyone has stories to tell and we all tell them in different ways. Use your voice. Only you can create your stories. That individuality is what makes them so very beautiful.