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 a daydreamer in class until exam times, then I became a serious swot.
Q: What did you want to be when you were a child?
A pilot and failing that an air hostess.
Q: What is your favourite word?
Serendipity - such a happy word.
Q: What makes you cringe?
Seeing myself dance on video.
Q: When did you last have a really good laugh?
Today, trying to do this questionnaire!
Q: What is your most treasured possession?
Q: What do you do as a hobby?
Reading and working on my family tree.
Q: What’s your favourite food?
Sticky toffee pudding.
Q: What do you day dream about?
Being a story traveller.
Q: What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?
Q: Do you feel younger or older than your current age?
Younger - at seventy that's a must!
Q: If you could meet one person, dead or alive, who would it be?
My great grandfather Charles Sellier. He was a mysterious Frenchman: a soldier, a politician, a wine merchant and an editor, who disappeard under strange circumstances.
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?
If you don't at first succeed - try, try, again.
Q: What would you most like to change about yourself?
I would love to be graceful.
Q: What has life taught you?
When one door shuts another door opens.
Q: Was there a specific moment in your life when you decide to become a writer?
I've wanted to be a writer since I was seven or eight years old.
Q: Where do you do your writing?
Anywhere I feel comfortable.
Q: What are the best and worst things about being an author?
The best is when your story takes on a life of its own. The worst is proof reading.
Q: Where do you get your greatest ideas from?
From people and places.
Q: Which of your own characters do you most identify with?
Lucy in The Story Traveller because like her I was bullied at school.
Q: What do you do to combat “writers’ block”?
I go off and do something else.
Q: What was your favourite book as a child?
Little Lord Fauntleroy by Frances Hodgson Burnett.
Q: What book do you wish you had written?
Goodnight Mr. Tom by Michelle Magorian.
Q: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Keep writing and remember you learn from your mistakes.
The Story Traveller