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?
Q: What did you want to be when you were a child?
Q: Which three words describe you best?
Radical, renegade, sceptic
Q: What is your favourite word?
Q: What makes you cringe?
Flipflops on men
Q: What are you afraid of?
Q: When did you last have a really good laugh?
Last time I did one of our Science of Dr Who, or Science of Star Wars, shows with my rapper colleague, Jon Chase
Q: What is your most treasured possession?
Q: What do you do as a hobby?
Make up crimps
Q: What strange habits do you have?
Running my teeth down the corner of pebble-dashed walls, and hiding behind flannels
Q: What’s your favourite food?
Green and Blacks 85% Cocoa Solids Dark Chocolate - the hard stuff
Q: What do you day dream about?
Taking out my gritty eyeballs and bathing them in cold water
Q: What’s the most outrageous thing you’ve done?
The Science of Dr Who, and Science of Star Wars, shows
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'm a Leveller, and don't do the celebrity culture thing
Q: What quality do you most admire in a person?
Creativity and independence of mind
Q: What is the most interesting place you have ever visited?
Q: What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?
Shut up and eat the sandwich
Q: What would you most like to change about yourself?
My addiction to Green and Blacks 85% Cocoa Solids Dark Chocolate
Q: What has life taught you?
That life is in the living
Q: How long have you been a writer?
About 10 years
Q: Was there a specific moment in your life when you decide to become a writer?
No, it evolved, like all things
Q: Where do you do your writing?
At a weird little wooden desk in my study, high on a Welsh mountain
Q: What are the best and worst things about being an author?
The best thing is doing roadshows associated with the books, and doing the Science of Dr Who, or Science of Star Wars, shows. Worst thing? Can't think of one. Certainly beats working for a living
Q: Where do you get your greatest ideas from?
Q: Which of your own characters do you most identify with?
Q: What do you do to combat “writers’ block”?
Remember the old saying, "don't get it right, get it written"
Q: What was your favourite book as a child?
The Assassination of JFK
Q: What book do you wish you had written?
Phillip Pullman's The Dark Materials
Q: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
"don't get it right, get it written"
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