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The Author Hotline

is 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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Stephen George

Keris Stainton

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Q: What did you want to be when you were a child?


Apart from a phase of wanting to be a singer - even though I can't sing - I always wanted to be a writer. I've been making up stories for as long as I can remember.

Q: What were you like at school?


I loved primary school, but didn't enjoy senior school so much. I used to pretend I was at Malory Towers or the New York School of Performing Arts. I can remember friends and teachers complaining that I was in a world of my own.

Q: Which three words describe you best?


Short. Optimistic. Happy.

Q: What is your favourite word?



Q: What makes you cringe?


Bad grammar and punctuation. I try to let it go because I know language is always evolving, but when I see something like "Xma's meal's" (which my husband saw on a pub sign) it makes me want to weep.

Q: What are you afraid of?


Bad things happening to people I love. Not living life to the full. You only get one life (as far as I know) and it goes so fast, I want to enjoy every second.

Q: When did you last have a really good laugh?


I laugh at my sons all the time, but at the moment I probably laugh the most listening to The News Quiz and Frank Skinner podcasts as I walk to and from school. The other morning I was laughing so much that someone crossed the road to avoid me.

Q: What do you do as a hobby?


Write. Which isn't a very good idea, since that's what I do for a job too.

Q: What do you day dream about?


Living in New York. I absolutely love it. When I'm there, I feel like anything is possible. My husband doesn't like it though, so I doubt I'll ever get to live there. So I just pretend (and set books there).

Q: What’s the most outrageous thing you’ve done?


Going on stage on the Radio 1 Roadshow when I was 17 to do a quiz called Bits & Pieces. That wasn't particularly outrageous, but I did get carried offstage by a man in a gorilla suit.

Q: What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?


Again, I'm quite boring. I can't think of a better job than being a writer. If there were any other professions I was interested in, I could learn all about them (and maybe even try them out) for a book.

Q: Do you feel younger or older than your current age?


Much, much younger. I think that's why I write for teens. Because in my head I'm still 15.

Q: If you could meet one person, dead or alive, who would it be?


Just one person? That's a lot of pressure. Oprah Winfrey would be amazing.

Q: What quality do you most admire in a person?



Q: What is the most interesting place you have ever visited?


I don't think I could choose one. Lots of different places for lots of different reasons. Italy is incredibly for the sense of history and New York is fascinating because it's so modern.

Q: How long have you been a writer?


I've written for as long as I can remember, but I've been a professional writer for about five years. And it's the best job ever.

Q: Was there a specific moment in your life when you decide to become a writer?


Like I said, I always wrote, but I didn't think about writing a novel until about 15 years ago. As soon as I thought of it, it seemed like the most obvious thing ever and I couldn't believe I'd never thought of it before. It took me 10 years to actually finish a novel, though.

Q: Where do you do your writing?


My office, which is the front room of our house. I've got all my favourite things around me and I love it.

Q: What book do you wish you had written?


The Boyfriend List by E Lockhart or pretty much anything by Meg Cabot.

Q: Where do you get your greatest ideas from?


From things I want to do or that interest me. It's just me daydreaming on paper, really.

Q: What was your favourite book as a child?


Anything by Enid Blyton. I was obsessed with the Faraway Tree and Malory Towers series.

Q: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?


Read as much as you can. Read everything. You can't write if you don't read.

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