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?
Quiet, always reading books.
Q: What did you want to be when you were a child?
I always wanted to be a writer but it seemed like such an impossible dream.
Q: Which three words describe you best?
Considerate, kind and determined.
Q: What is your favourite word?
Taradiddle – which means making things up, telling lies, speaking nonsense.
Q: What makes you cringe?
Cruelty to children, even seeing a child being shouted at makes me mad.
Q: What are you afraid of?
Running out of story ideas- luckily it hasn’t happened!
Q: When did you last have a really good laugh?
This morning with my daughters.
Q: What is your most treasured possession?
My wonderful daughters.
Q: What do you do as a hobby?
Lots and lots of reading, particularly children’s books as they are much more fun than ‘grown up’ books. I like watching films that make me laugh – any Laurel and Hardy films. Is eating chocolate classed as a hobby?
Q: What strange habits do you have?
I talk and laugh to myself when writing my stories. This is why I can never sit in a public place to write, I need to be on my own.
Q: What’s your favourite food?
A roast chicken dinner with lots of roast potatoes, followed by chocolate pudding.
Q: What do you day dream about?
Sitting on the veranda of a beach house and writing my stories. Stopping now and then to gaze out at the beautiful, blue ocean.
Q: What’s the most outrageous thing you’ve done?
I quite often have my pudding before my meal. Sometimes I’ll have a huge pudding instead of a meal. This is one of the best things about being an adult.
Q: What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?
I’d like to zoom into space and discover a new planet.
Q: Do you feel younger or older than your current age?
Younger when I’m having fun. Older when I have to do boring things like paying the mortgage.
Q: If you could meet one person, dead or alive, who would it be?
Stan Laurel. He was a comic genius. He had a great laugh and a twinkle in his eye.
Q: What quality do you most admire in a person?
Someone who is kind and considerate, the kind of person that you love being around.
Q: What is the most interesting place you have ever visited?
Bali. The people are quite poor but they are always smiling.
Q: What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?
Never, ever give up on your dreams.
Q: What would you most like to change about yourself?
I’d give myself super powers – like being invisible or being able to fly.
Q: What has life taught you?
Dreams come true every day. But you have to have a dream before it comes true!
Q: How long have you been a writer?
Ever since I learnt how to write. I can remember making my own books when I was young and trying to sell them to my neighbours – no one bought any.
Q: Was there a specific moment in your life when you decide to become a writer?
I always knew I wanted to be a writer but I didn’t know what kind of books I wanted to write. When I had my daughters I used to read picture book stories to them. I loved that magical time that we shared as we looked at the lovely pictures. I decided then that I’d like to write picture book stories so that I could try and create my own magical worlds.
Q: Where do you do your writing?
Anywhere quiet in my house where I can be alone for a while.
Q: What are the best and worst things about being an author?
The best thing is seeing your book published and in a shop. The worst thing is not having time to write because you have to do boring things like food shopping, ironing, cleaning etc.
Q: Where do you get your greatest ideas from?
From all around – T.V., books, nature, children playing outside, things my daughters say.
Q: What do you do to combat “writers’ block”?
I don’t believe in it. If you want to be a writer then you will sit down and write.
Q: What was your favourite book as a child?
The Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton.
Q: What book do you wish you had written?
Anything by Terry Pratchett – his Disc World stories are brilliant.
Q: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Have fun with your writing. Give your heroes exciting adventures, create fantastic worlds, give your bad guys silly names. These are your stories and your worlds – you can do whatever you want. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t be a published author – you are a wonderful person and you can be whatever you want to be.
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