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?
As a young child I was difficult and rebellious, but by the time I reached the end of school I had learnt that answering back is not always the best policy!
Q: What did you want to be when you were a child?
I did always fancy being a writer, although I seem to remember that I wanted to be a famous actress too. Hmmmm.
Q: Which three words describe you best?
Outspoken, loving, lucky.
Q: What is your favourite word?
An impossible question for a writer to answer! I love choosing the most appropriate word for the moment and purpose.
Q: What makes you cringe?
People who think they can sing when they can't.
Q: What are you afraid of?
Q: When did you last have a really good laugh?
When you work in a school it happens most days. There's always somebody doing something ridiculous.
Q: What is your most treasured possession?
My engagement ring.
Q: What do you do as a hobby?
I love reading and also enjoy horseriding occasionally.
Q: What strange habits do you have?
I shout at the television a lot for some reason.
Q: What’s your favourite food?
I love Thai food and Italian food.
Q: What do you day dream about?
Whatever I am planning to write next. I tend to plan each chapter in my head and write it up when I am ready.
Q: What’s the most outrageous thing you’ve done?
Nothing I regret!
Q: What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?
I would love to run a charity shop.
Q: Do you feel younger or older than your current age?
Younger. Doesn't everyone over 20?
Q: If you could meet one person, dead or alive, who would it be?
Karl Pilkington. He's the funniest man alive.
Q: What quality do you most admire in a person?
Q: What is the most interesting place you have ever visited?
The ancient Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum.
Q: What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?
Raj Persaud says: "do not put yourself at the centre of the universe. Everyone else is too busy thinking that they are the centre of the universe to put you there."
Q: What would you most like to change about yourself?
I am naturally lazy and a terrible procrastinator.
Q: What has life taught you?
It's never the wrong thing to do to reach out to someone.
Q: How long have you been a writer?
Off and on all my life, but in terms of publishing fiction only a year or so.
Q: Was there a specific moment in your life when you decide to become a writer?
Yes. A very close friend of mine lost her much-loved partner very suddenly. He was only my age. Something like that forces you to evaluate your life and ask yourself whether you are making the most of it. I had always wanted to write fiction and suddenly realised that life is too precious to delay your dreams until tomorrow.
Q: Where do you do your writing?
I plan what I am going to write next in my head before I sit down at the computer. This can happen anywhere, while I am decorating the house or gardening.
Q: What are the best and worst things about being an author?
The best thing is when your writing touches someone and they associate with the characters. The worst thing is you feel emotionally exposed. People tend to ask me personal questions about my work and how it relates to my own life; these are not always questions that I feel comfortable with.
Q: Where do you get your greatest ideas from?
My stories have their roots in my own experiences and the lives of those closest to me. I believe that the best writing reflects the truth.
Q: Which of your own characters do you most identify with?
All of them reflect myself or someone that I know.
Q: What do you do to combat “writers’ block”?
It's best not to force it. If I am struggling to write I walk away and think some more before coming back to it.
Q: What was your favourite book as a child?
I loved the works of Judy Blume but my favourite novel was one by Jacqueline Wilson called "Nobody's Perfect." I could recite sections of it off by heart! Sadly it is now out of print.
Q: What book do you wish you had written?
None. I believe in my own books and enjoy those of others. Every author has a different voice.
Q: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Try your work out on an audience that don't know it's yours. It's the only way to get honest feedback.
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