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?
Q: What did you want to be when you were a child?
A writer or a musician - and I am both, so consider myself very lucky!
Q: Which three words describe you best?
Q: What is your favourite word?
Q: What makes you cringe?
People eating with their mouths open.
Q: What are you afraid of?
Q: When did you last have a really good laugh?
Q: What is your most treasured possession?
Q: What do you do as a hobby?
Walk up big hills. Play the piano.
Q: What’s your favourite food?
Q: What do you day dream about?
Cheeky! That's between me and my overactive brain.
Q: What’s the most outrageous thing you’ve done?
I ran over a bridge in Oxford at three o'clock in the morning with not very many clothes on.
Q: Do you feel younger or older than your current age?
I feel exactly the age I am.
Q: What quality do you most admire in a person?
Q: What is the most interesting place you have ever visited?
Q: What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?
Never give up.
Q: What would you most like to change about yourself?
I would like to be more laid back!
Q: What strange habits do you have?
I sleep on my tummy.
Q: Was there a specific moment in your life when you decide to become a writer?
Yes. I had a vivid dream one night, just after the birth of my fourth child - and knew I had to write it down.
Q: Where do you do your writing?
Writing shed at the top of the garden.
Q: What do you do to combat “writers’ block”?
Go for a long walk or have a bath.
Q: What was your favourite book as a child?
The BFG by Roald Dahl.
Q: What book do you wish you had written?
Skellig by David Almond
Q: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Read a lot, write a lot, keep a diary...and never give up.
Q: What are the best and worst things about being an author?
Best - losing yourself in the story you are writing. Worst - interruptions.
Q: Where do you get your greatest ideas from?
Q: Which of your own characters do you most identify with?
Mr Glenridding in The Boy Who Fell Down Exit 43.
The Boy Who Fell Down Exit 43