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?
Shy, very shy. It's amazing how many teachers this annoyed. Teachers secretly like the naughty kids ;)
Q: What did you want to be when you were a child?
Q: Which three words describe you best?
Smart, kooky, funny
Q: What is your favourite word?
Q: What makes you cringe?
Q: What are you afraid of?
Everything except needles and rats
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?
I collect photos of old Hollywood stars from the 1930s and 1940s
Q: What’s the most outrageous thing you’ve done?
Fell in the Serpentine
Q: What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?
Librarian. I can't think of a more wonderful job than bringing my two favourite things - people and books - together
Q: Do you feel younger or older than your current age?
I feel exactly the age I am. I feel 42 and I like being 42. It's quite the best age to be.
Q: If you could meet one person, dead or alive, who would it be?
Lady Jane Gray. I'd like to tell her that she's remembered fondly.
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?
The person who never made a mistake never made anything
Q: How long have you been a writer?
Since I was 4
Q: Was there a specific moment in your life when you decide to become a writer?
When I was 20
Q: Where do you do your writing?
I have a corner of landing at the top of the house
Q: What are the best and worst things about being an author?
Working from home is wonderful. It makes it far easier to be a mother. The worst thing is having no colleagues to share the ups and downs with.
Q: Where do you get your greatest ideas from?
Odd things I hear in passing; they balloon into whole books in my head
Q: Which of your own characters do you most identify with?
Yellowfang, from the first series of Warriors. She's fierce and grumpy but her heart is true
Q: What do you do to combat “writers’ block”?
At some point in every book I feel I've forgotten how to write and that every word I type is nonsense. I know from experience this isn't true, so I just carry on writing and stop caring whether it's nonsense or not. I figure I can go back and fix it later.
Q: What was your favourite book as a child?
Emily of New Moon by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Q: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Never stop reading, never stop writing and don't be frightened by rejection
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