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 profession other than yours would you like to attempt?
There is nothing more exciting than writing. At a push I'd have a go at being a dog whisperer.
Q: Do you feel younger or older than your current age?
Much younger. It helps not to have mirrors in the house.
Q: What is your favourite word?
Optimistic of course! I also like words that sound the opposite of what they mean, as in, pulchritudinous - which means beautiful but sounds sort of ugly.
Q: What makes you cringe?
Anyone who thinks book-reading is not cool.
Q: What are you afraid of?
A world without books. Spiders have been known to make me scream but I try to hide it.
Q: What were you like at school?
Shy - but very observant, which is a nice way of saying quietly nosey.
Q: What did you want to be when you were a child?
A writer, failing that, a circus poodle!
Q: Which three words describe you best?
Optimistic, optimistic, optimistic
Q: When did you last have a really good laugh?
This morning. One of my dogs caught sight of her reflection in a shop window and did a double take.
Q: What do you day dream about?
Locking people in a library and making them read.
Q: What’s the most outrageous thing you’ve done?
Locking people in a library and making them read... just joking.
Q: What’s your favourite food?
Anything that's served up to me rather than having to cook it myself.
Q: What is your most treasured possession?
A postcard from my daughter bearing the words, "Did I ever tell you, you're my hero?" It never fails to make me smile.
Q: What do you do as a hobby?
I read and walk my dogs and think of stories and characters. I listen to lots of music too.
Q: What strange habits do you have?
Hmm... I don't like even numbers or perfectly straight pictures hanging on a wall. I like a bit of chaos.
Q: If you could meet one person, dead or alive, who would it be?
The man who invented the printing press. I'd shake his hand and thank him.
Q: What quality do you most admire in a person?
Tolerance and a healthy sense of the absurd.
Q: What is the most interesting place you have ever visited?
Any library. It's a place where you can travel the world without having to save for a ticket.
Q: What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?
The words you leave out of a story are more important than the words you put in.
Q: What would you most like to change about yourself?
Nothing - there's no point because then you wouldn't be yourself! On second thoughts... I'd like to be less of a pushover when it comes to my dogs.
Q: What has life taught you?
That no amount of money is better than doing a job you love.
Q: How long have you been a writer?
I started on paper when I was seven years old but I wrote in my head before that.
Q: Was there a specific moment in your life when you decide to become a writer?
Not really. It was always in my head - it just took a long time to travel down to my fingers and out onto the paper.
Q: Where do you do your writing?
Wherever I can. Dog walking gets me writing in my head but I've walked into a few lampposts because of it.
Q: What are the best and worst things about being an author?
Best = creating Worst = being interrupted when I'm creating.
Q: Where do you get your greatest ideas from?
Not telling- Go and find your own ideas.
Q: Which of your own characters do you most identify with?
I'd like to say it's Derek - a fearless, tenacious girl,(yes, girl, you read that right) but I'm probably more like Miss Balalaika - a completely batty old woman.
Q: What do you do to combat “writers’ block”?
This one is easy. I write about why I can't write; does the trick every time.
Q: What was your favourite book as a child?
There are too many to list and I can't remember that far back!
Q: What book do you wish you had written?
This changes all the time. It's usually the book I'm enjoying reading at any given time. Fickle or what?
Q: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Just write. Don't tell a soul. Just write.
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