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 quite a goody goody. Did my homework on time and was well behaved. I did actually really like school but HATED it if I got told off. My favourite thing at school was to be in the school play
Q: What did you want to be when you were a child?
A ballet dancer like Margot Fonteyn
Q: What is your favourite word?
Q: What are you afraid of?
poisonous snakes (although I love stories about snakes)
Q: What do you do as a hobby?
sing, read and make things and mess about on my computer
Q: What’s your favourite food?
Q: What do you day dream about?
Having someone make a film of my book Dragon Racer
Q: Do you feel younger or older than your current age?
I actually think I'm about 7
Q: What has life taught you?
To have a go
Q: Which three words describe you best?
kind, imaginative, cheerful
Q: What makes you cringe?
People singing out of tune (I mean REALLY out of tune)
Q: When did you last have a really good laugh?
Last night at supper time. My children can be very funny and witty!
Q: What is your most treasured possession?
My family photo albums
Q: What strange habits do you have?
Apparently if I hear a particular word or phrase I often start singing a song about it
Q: What’s the most outrageous thing you’ve done?
I think I must have selective amnesia for this one. That or my life is n't as exciting as I think/hope it is
Q: What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?
I would like to attempt being a brain surgeon- I'd be hopeless, but brains do interest me
Q: If you could meet one person, dead or alive, who would it be?
Q: What quality do you most admire in a person?
Q: What is the most interesting place you have ever visited?
Skellig Michael,an amazing steep rocky island in the Atlantic Ocean about 9 miles from the coast of County Kerry, Ireland.It's like going to fairy land
Q: What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?
Do as you would be done by
Q: What would you most like to change about yourself?
My inability to fly like Peter Pan
Q: How long have you been a writer?
My first book, Lao Lao of Dragon Mountain was published in 1996, but I started writing it in 1994
Q: Where do you do your writing?
On my laptop in my back room- preferably listening to music( I like film music to write to as long as there are no words) Otherwise I scribble in a notebook on trains when I go off to do workshops in schools
Q: Which of your own characters do you most identify with?
Joanna Morris, my heroine in Dragon Racer
Q: What was your favourite book as a child?
I have to say books in the plural, otherwise it's too difficult to choose. 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe'by C.S.Lewis; 'The Swish of the Curtain' by Pamela Brown; 'Anne of Green Gables' by L.M. Montgomery; 'A Wrinkle in Time' by Madeleine L'Engle
Q: What book do you wish you had written?
The Earthsea Books by Ursula Le Guin
Q: Was there a specific moment in your life when you decide to become a writer?
I fell into writing quite by accident. I was working as a storyteller and thought it would be easier to tell stories in a school if I had a book
Q: What are the best and worst things about being an author?
The best thing is the unexpected moment when you discover the part of the story that makes the rest of it all fall into place. The worst bit is not being able to find the exact word to describe something
Q: Where do you get your greatest ideas from?
I ask myself a question and then have to discover the answer
Q: What do you do to combat “writers’ block”?
Keep writing anything, anything at all. That and eat chocolate
Q: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Keep reading! Keep writing! Read your writing OUT LOUD
This Little Piggy went to Market
Five Little Ducks went out one day
Lao Lao of Dragon Mountain
Zero to Ten
Chanda and the Mirror of Moonlight
Zero to Ten
Shota and the Star Quilt
Zero to Ten
Masha and The Firebird
Out of Print
Leah's Christmas Story