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 quiet and shy at school and not very confident. I loved school especially history, art and English and enjoyed learning.
Q: What did you want to be when you were a child?
An archaeologist or historian
Q: Which three words describe you best?
Determined, honest, caring
Q: What is your favourite word?
Q: What makes you cringe?
Having my photo taken and having to promote myself
Q: What are you afraid of?
Q: When did you last have a really good laugh?
At the weekend when my family visited for Mother's day
Q: What is your most treasured possession?
My family photographs
Q: What do you do as a hobby?
I research my family tree and do lots of walking
Q: What do you day dream about?
Having my books made into films-preferably by Mr Spielberg or Mr Jackson!
Q: Do you feel younger or older than your current age?
Oh much much younger!
Q: What quality do you most admire in a person?
Honesty and fairness
Q: What is the most interesting place you have ever visited?
Pompeii-an amazing place
Q: What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?
My dad used to say "you are as good as anyone else and better than most"-which I suppose means believe in yourself!
Q: What would you most like to change about yourself?
Apart from losing some weight I would like to procrastinate less
Q: What has life taught you?
Never to give up even when things seem hopeless-everything passes eventually
Q: What strange habits do you have?
I mutter to myself when I'm alone...doesn't everybody?
Q: What’s your favourite food?
Cumberland sausage, onions and gravy
Q: What’s the most outrageous thing you’ve done?
The Keswick to Barrow Walk...nobody believed I could possibly do it-being rather plump and sports phobic-but Im doing my 8th 40 mile walk this year for charity
Q: What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?
Q: If you could meet one person, dead or alive, who would it be?
Q: How long have you been a writer?
From being about six years old-but only seriously in recent years
Q: Was there a specific moment in your life when you decide to become a writer?
After my dad died in 2004 -I wanted to record his stories and things he had told us when we were children
Q: Where do you do your writing?
In the dining room overlooking the garden and fields
Q: What are the best and worst things about being an author?
Best-I get lost in my work and forget everything Worst-trying to market my books and spread the word
Q: Where do you get your greatest ideas from?
People and places and of course history
Q: Which of your own characters do you most identify with?
Brother John Stell...in the first book
Q: What do you do to combat “writers’ block”?
I don't get this too much thank goodness-but walking in the lovely Cumbrian countryside helps immensely
Q: What was your favourite book as a child?
The Weirdstone of Brisingamen by Alan Garner
Q: What book do you wish you had written?
Lord of the Rings
Q: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Read lots of books, write as much and as often as you can and have a notebook with you at all times to note down ideas-especially if you wake up in the night...write it down or you will forget!
Out of Time:The Secret of the Swan
Out of Time 2:Raven's Hoard
Guy the Grumpy Gargoyle
Out ofTime 3The Cistercian Conspiracy