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?
Unremarkable but a competent manageress of the tuck shop in Y6
Q: What did you want to be when you were a child?
I donít think I had any plans apart from getting through it
Q: Which three words describe you best?
Future national treasure
Q: What is your favourite word?
Q: What makes you cringe?
Q: What are you afraid of?
Losing my marbles
Q: When did you last have a really good laugh?
At something I read in a book today but I canít tell you what it was as it was quite rude
Q: What is your most treasured possession?
Q: What do you do as a hobby?
The odd bit of witchcraft now and again
Q: What strange habits do you have?
Following Huddersfield Town AFC
Q: Whatís your favourite food?
Fresh fruit salad with thick cream
Q: What do you day dream about?
The usual becoming rich thing (but without the fame part)
Q: Whatís the most outrageous thing youíve done?
Walked along the outside edge of a viaduct with goodness knows what drop below
Q: What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?
Estate Agent (I love looking round peopleís houses)
Q: Do you feel younger or older than your current age?
About the same
Q: If you could meet one person, dead or alive, who would it be?
Dawn French. I think weíd get on.
Q: What quality do you most admire in a person?
Sense of humour and the ability to put people at their ease
Q: What is the most interesting place you have ever visited?
A salt mine in Poland
Q: What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?
Dress smart in the classroom
Q: What would you most like to change about yourself?
To stop fretting over things that I canít change or that havenít happened
Q: What has life taught you?
Itís too short to waste on people who donít Ďgetí you
Q: How long have you been a writer?
25 years (excluding the diary years)
Q: Was there a specific moment in your life when you decide to become a writer?
Still havenít really decided
Q: Where do you do your writing?
In a study off the living room and in my head when driving (not recommended)
Q: What are the best and worst things about being an author?
Best: the varied life you lead and the unexpected things you get asked to do Worst: filling in forms like this!
Q: Where do you get your greatest ideas from?
Q: What do you do to combat ďwritersí blockĒ?
Do something else then come back to the page. Thinking time is as important as writing time.
Q: What was your favourite book as a child?
The Family from One End Street by Eve Garnett
Q: What book do you wish you had written?
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13 ĺ by Sue Townsend
Q: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Read everything. Get a mentor (mine was Gwen Grant)
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