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...
For more information on CW4K CLICK HERE
Q: What were you like at school?
Half loud and extrovert, half so shy I felt like I was turning inside out if a teacher asked me a question. I haven't changed.
Q: What did you want to be when you were a child?
I wanted to deliver mail so that I could read other people's postcards.
Q: Which three words describe you best?
Impatient, spontaneous, suspicious.
Q: What makes you cringe?
Porridge. I might be blonde (ish) but I am no Goldilocks. I freak at the tiniest smear of it on my lips.
Q: What are you afraid of?
Pigeons, emus, swans, crows, magpies, rooks, pelicans...ok, most birds. But owls I love.
Q: When did you last have a really good laugh?
Today, by myself, on a crowded train, when I missed my stop. I think you had to be there.
Q: Do you feel younger or older than your current age?
Younger. I'm a child! Why can't anyone see that?
Q: What quality do you most admire in a person?
Being good at public speaking, and smalltalk. And patience. And being able to drive.
Q: What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?
Stop whinging and get on with it. Simple but effective.
Q: What is your most treasured possession?
A very old typewriter that I bought at a market in Brighton 15 years ago. It is only decorative and I am extremely glad I don't have to type novels on it.
Q: What do you do as a hobby?
Sing into my broom handle.
Q: What’s your favourite food?
How long have you got? Extremely hot apple crumble served with extremely cold cream; caperberries; fresh crusty bread smeared in unsalted butter; very ripe brie; mangoes; Xmas pudding with brandy butter; marzipan covered in dark chocolate... sorry, have to stop, am dribbling.
Q: What do you day dream about?
Everything. I am a serial daydreamer and have frequent imaginary conversations and scenarios.
Q: What’s the most outrageous thing you’ve done?
I once pretended to be a journalist so I could go on a free gastronomic tour of Italy.
Q: What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?
If I'd had the talent, musical theatre. "Glee" is my idea of heaven.
Q: How long have you been a writer?
In my head, forever; on paper for six years.
Q: Where do you do your writing?
Sofa, cafe, library, bed.
Q: What are the best and worst things about being an author?
The worst thing is the self-doubt. The best is when you're deeply immersed in your story and write so fast you barely notice you're doing it, and when you read it back later you feel like a reader instead of that harsh inner critic.
Q: Where do you get your greatest ideas from?
The idea for my first book came from watching too much TV. Namely The X Factor. I know that doesn't sound very profound but it worked for me.
Q: Which of your own characters do you most identify with?
I identify with Kass, my main character in Girl Aloud, because she struggles with wanting to please others and wanting to please herself. Plus she's sarcastic.
Q: What was your favourite book as a child?
Charlotte's Web by E B White and Charlotte Sometimes by Penelope Farmer spring to mind.
Q: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Read widely and often. Don't compare yourself to anyone else. Experiment.