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?
My teacher once said that I fluttered around the classroom like a little butterfly. I think that was her way of saying I lacked concentration!
Q: What did you want to be when you were a child?
Either a vet or a pop star.
Q: Which three words describe you best?
Kind, caring, cuckoo!
Q: What is your favourite word?
Bottom! (in a minion voice)
Q: What makes you cringe?
Slugs and worms.
Q: What are you afraid of?
Q: When did you last have a really good laugh?
When I broke my collarbone. For some strange reason I get the giggles when I hurt myself.
Q: What is your most treasured possession?
Q: What do you do as a hobby?
Read, write, travel, walk, socialise.
Q: What strange habits do you have?
Hmmm... I don't think I have any!?!
Q: What’s your favourite food?
I love all food!
Q: What do you day dream about?
Way too much to fit in this text box.
Q: What’s the most outrageous thing you’ve done?
That has to be roaring like a lion at a wildebeest,in an attempt to scare it away as it charged at me!
Q: What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?
Q: Do you feel younger or older than your current age?
Q: If you could meet one person, dead or alive, who would it be?
I'd love to have supper with Bilbo Baggins in his Hobbit Hole.
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?
Everything always turns out okay in the end.
Q: What would you most like to change about yourself?
Not to be such a worrier.
Q: What has life taught you?
Be happy and spend as much time as possible with loved ones.
Q: How long have you been a writer?
Since I decided to write my first book, a couple of years ago.
Q: Was there a specific moment in your life when you decide to become a writer?
I've always had a wild imagination and lived in a bit of a fantasy world. My husband said that I should write a book... and so I did.
Q: Where do you do your writing?
In my Norwegian lodge, nicknamed the Hobbit Hole.
Q: What are the best and worst things about being an author?
The best: Letting your imagination run free. The worst: Editing and Marketing
Q: Where do you get your greatest ideas from?
The magical world that's all around us... a funny shaped tree, a magical winding path, a mystical gate, the rising sun, a full moon, a babbling stream, a funny little creature scurrying down a hole...
Q: Which of your own characters do you most identify with?
I really couldn't pick just one. I identify with and love them all.
Q: What do you do to combat “writers’ block”?
Q: What was your favourite book as a child?
The Secret of Nimh, by Robert C. O'Brien.
Q: What book do you wish you had written?
The Lord of the Rings
Q: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Just write whatever YOU want to write, however YOU want to write it!