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, shy, my favourite lesson was art, my favourite place was the art room
Q: What did you want to be when you were a child?
At a very early age I said I wanted to be an artist, but I had no idea it was possible
Q: Which three words describe you best?
Tall, pensive, blokey
Q: What is your favourite word?
Q: What makes you cringe?
Thoughts of stupid things I've done or said!
Q: What are you afraid of?
The people in charge making a REAL mess of everything
Q: When did you last have a really good laugh?
Q: What is your most treasured possession?
It's probably wrong to like 'things' very much, and there is nothing I would put above family and friends, but I have got a nice old motorbike which is my favourite thing at the moment
Q: What do you do as a hobby?
I live near the sea and I have surfed and kayaked a lot in and on it for years, although I didn't do so much this last year, but I think they are still my hobbies, and my motorbike........
Q: What strange habits do you have?
Singing songs in my head with silly words in them instead of the real ones. I think I sometimes sing them out loud too if I think no-one is listening, although I can't sing for a toffee :-/
Q: What’s your favourite food?
Italian vegetarian food - like pasta with mushrooms in a garlicky sauce, or pasta parcels with spinach in, or pasta with walnut sauce, or pasta with a lemon butter sauce........so, I suppose the answer shouyld be PASTA!
Q: What do you day dream about?
Riding a motorbike all over the world
Q: What’s the most outrageous thing you’ve done?
I couldn't possibly say as it was probably illegal, and definitely sets a bad example ;-)
Q: What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?
Q: Do you feel younger or older than your current age?
Mostly, a lot younger, but if I wake up with a stiff neck or aching back or bruises after doing something outrageous, then I feel about a million years old, which is older than I actually am.
Q: If you could meet one person, dead or alive, who would it be?
I don't think I'd like to meet anyone who is dead - even if they are a hero of mine, because I think they'd look pretty rough, wouldn't be very good company, and the smell might make me sick. Alive? I'll leave it to life and fate......
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?
Q: What would you most like to change about yourself?
I'd like to be shorter
Q: What has life taught you?
That it isn't a practice run - it's the real thing!
Q: How long have you been a writer?
Well, I have written, but really I'm an illustrator
Q: Was there a specific moment in your life when you decide to become a writer?
Q: Where do you do your writing?
Q: What are the best and worst things about being an author?
Don't know yet
Q: Where do you get your greatest ideas from?
Thinking long and hard about things, then forgetting about them, then coming back and seeing which of the same thoughts are still there and still seem good
Q: Which of your own characters do you most identify with?
Q: What do you do to combat “writers’ block”?
Personally, and I'm not being big-headed here, but I've never ever suffered from it. I suppose if I were a writer it might be a different situation.....
Q: What was your favourite book as a child?
Beowulf - loved it to bits, it was brilliant, and I've re-read it as an adult, a newer version, and that was brilliant too. The film was utter tosh!
Q: What book do you wish you had written?
Q: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
My best advice to aspiring authors would be: 'Go ask an author, I'm an illustrator!'
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