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?
Confident but rebellious.
Q: What did you want to be when you were a child?
A author, then a journalist, then prime minister, occasionally a lighthouse keeper.
Q: Which three words describe you best?
Enthusiastic, opinionated, shy.
Q: What is your favourite word?
I have so many. Coruscating, provenance, sonorous, plangent - English is a great language. So is Welsh, with words like popty (bakery) ysbyty (hospital) and cwch (hidey-hole or cuddle).
Q: What makes you cringe?
Q: What are you afraid of?
Heights, and so much more! I generally give a wide berth to anything likely to cause death.
Q: When did you last have a really good laugh?
Last time I was with Jordi ( my little boy).
Q: What is your most treasured possession?
My mum's old kitchen scales.
Q: What do you do as a hobby?
Make music on my portastudio, protest against many injustices.
Q: What strange habits do you have?
Waking at least two times a night. Going to supermarkets.
Q: What’s your favourite food?
Guacamole (mashed avocado and garlic) on toast.
Q: What do you day dream about?
A few more people noticing what great books I've written!
Q: What’s the most outrageous thing you’ve done?
Driven around Nottingham late at night having never had a driving lesson (not recommended).
Q: What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?
Q: Do you feel younger or older than your current age?
Younger, till I look in the mirror.
Q: If you could meet one person, dead or alive, who would it be?
Q: What quality do you most admire in a person?
Bravery in putting others before themselves.
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?
To be better at resting.
Q: What has life taught you?
Organise yourself to avoid getting into bad moods.
Q: How long have you been a writer?
My first story was published in 1984.
Q: Was there a specific moment in your life when you decide to become a writer?
I planned to be a writer when I was at infants school. When I was at college I decided to have a career first, but always with the intention of eventually writing.
Q: Where do you do your writing?
After 25 years as a writer I finally have my own office at home - before that I wrote in my bedroom.
Q: What are the best and worst things about being an author?
Best - spending my time making up stories, then reading them in schools. Worst - too much time home alone, not being part of a team.
Q: Where do you get your greatest ideas from?
Some electronic signals in my brain.
Q: Which of your own characters do you most identify with?
Icky and Bryan in the House of Fun series - Icky for his enthusiasm and impatience, Bryan for his unfortunate habit of reminding people how much he knows.
Q: What do you do to combat “writers’ block”?
I do something else.
Q: What was your favourite book as a child?
The House At Pooh Corner.
Q: What book do you wish you had written?
Year One of the Russian Revolution by Victor Serge.
Q: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Get a job and be prepared to write a million words in your spare time before you get published. Oh, and mind you have something interesting to write about.
The Last Free Cat
Stinky Finger's House of Fun
You're A Hero Daley B
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