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?
I was very, very shy, quiet and studious when I was younger. I definitely came into my own when I was a teenager. And by that time I had a reputation as a 'good girl' so I could get away with all sorts!
Q: What did you want to be when you were a child?
A writer but I didn't think it was possible!
Q: Which three words describe you best?
Happy, generous, quirky
Q: What is your most treasured possession?
I was going to say Ted my Old English Sheepdog but I don't think he'd take too kindly to being referred to as a 'possession'! So it must be my piano - it was my 21st birthday present from my husband, Robert.
Q: What do you do as a hobby?
I walk Ted, play the piano, read, wander around art galleries
Q: What do you day dream about?
Having a little place in the country with a couple of cows, a few sheep and a donkey. In my dreams it is always sunny and looking after the animals is not hard work at all!
Q: Do you feel younger or older than your current age?
Much much younger. It is always a shock when I realise just how old I am!
Q: If you could meet one person, dead or alive, who would it be?
Louise Rennison - I LOVE her books! She always comes across as a person you'd spend an evening laughing with.
Q: What is the most interesting place you have ever visited?
Uluru - an amazing place. It really does change colour depending upon what time of day it is.
Q: What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?
Be true to yourself
Q: What would you most like to change about yourself?
I would like to be more confident
Q: How long have you been a writer?
I've been writing for as long as I can remember, but I had my first book published in 1995 and I've never looked back!
Q: Where do you do your writing?
I have an office with a big glass desk. I always intend to keep it minimal and tidy but there are piles of books and notes everywhere.
Q: What are the best and worst things about being an author?
The best thing is meeting the children I write for. I LOVE going into schools, it is so energising. The worst thing is probably that writing can be very lonely - there's just me and my laptop.
Q: Where do you get your greatest ideas from?
Everywhere! I always carry a notebook with me and jot down anything that amuses/interests/puzzles me. Even if it isn't relevant to the book I'm currently writing, it might trigger off lots of ideas for a story further down the line.
Q: What do you do to combat “writers’ block”?
Switch off, walk away and do something completely different. It usually works!
Q: What was your favourite book as a child?
'Five Dolls in a House' by Helen Clare and 'Paddington' by Michael Bond (I still read that today if I need cheering up!)
Q: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Read, read, read and write, write, write. You will soon develop your own style. And most importantly - believe in yourself!
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