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 loved to escape into books, discovering new facts and being transported into new worlds.
Q: What did you want to be when you were a child?
It depended on what day you asked me but options included vet, wardrobe mistress or fashion designer, librarian and teacher.
Q: What is your favourite word?
Oxymoron Ė examples include: hellís angels, pretty ugly and open secret.
Q: What makes you cringe?
The sound of padding paws across the bedroom carpet before the alarm has gone off in the morning.
Q: When did you last have a really good laugh?
When I was out with the dog (Tasha) we met one of her canine friends who had just rolled in something nasty. They then insisted on a smelly cuddle.
Q: What is your most treasured possession?
A small silver hedgehog my dad gave me for my 18th birthday.
Q: What do you do as a hobby?
I love to take photographs of the dog playing with her mates and of bugs!
Q: Whatís your favourite food?
Pizza with goats cheese on it.
Q: Do you feel younger or older than your current age?
Younger without a doubt. I get a real shock when I look in the mirror so I try not to do it.
Q: If you could meet one person, dead or alive, who would it be?
Terry Pratchett author of the disc world novels.
Q: What quality do you most admire in a person?
Honesty and the willingness to help.
Q: What is the most interesting place you have ever visited?
17 Mile Drive which hugs the Californian coastline (USA). You can watch sea otters bob in the surf, seals lounge on the beach and ground squirrel run around your feet demanding you feed them.
Q: What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?
Always give it your best shot.
Q: What would you most like to change about yourself?
To be more organised and plan things better.
Q: What has life taught you?
A good friend will laugh with you when times are good and give you a hug when things are bad.
Q: How long have you been a writer?
My first paying freelance writing job was in 1998.
Q: Was there a specific moment in your life when you decide to become a writer?
I was watching a TV programme where contestants won their dream job. I decided the only way to become a writer was to give it a go. So the next day I wrote to five editors asking if I could write for them. Two ignored me, two said thanks but no thanks and the last one gave me my own two page column. Leason learned: give it a go you just never know what will happen.
Q: Where do you do your writing?
Mainly in my office which is the front bedroom however as long as I have a pencil and a pad I can write anywhere.
Q: What are the best and worst things about being an author?
Best: being paid to play with words. Worse: spending lots of time on your own.
Q: Where do you get your greatest ideas from?
All over the place, overheard conversations, something I read in a newspaper, something that happens to me, lyrics of a song, a joke. Just keep your eyes and ears open and ideas can be found everywhere.
Q: What was your favourite book as a child?
My first books were the Famous Five and Secret Seven by Enid Blyton. From these I moved onto The Hardy Boys (by Leslie McFarlane) and Nancy Drew (by Carolyn Keene).
Q: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Keep reading the books you love and keep writing what you want.
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