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 did you want to be when you were a child?
I wanted to be a writer! I wrote my first poem - about a candle - when I was four, in a Silvine notebook. I still write in Silvine notebooks when I can.
Q: What is your favourite word?
Mumps. Just listen to it - mumps. Makes you smile.
Q: What do you do as a hobby?
I grow vegetables, and I have a cabin in the woods to play with.
Q: What’s your favourite food?
Q: What is the most interesting place you have ever visited?
South Africa. I spent six months teaching there.
Q: What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?
Go for it!
Q: What would you most like to change about yourself?
My many and varied methods of procrastination
Q: What has life taught you?
Everything. That it's just now - now - now.
Q: How long have you been a writer?
All my life. But I only started being serious about it six years ago. And now I have a novel published, another coming out soon, and a short book for reluctant readers...
Q: Where do you do your writing?
I write at home - in my conservatory in the warmer months, and in the spare room I call an office in the winter. But I don't really mind where I am.
Q: Where do you get your greatest ideas from?
Listening to other people, sitting still, and letting the ideas come in.
Q: Which of your own characters do you most identify with?
I identify with Marilyn in Vintage, because she's partly based on my teenage years. And with Mel in Closer, because she's outrageous, and difficult, and brave, and funny - I could go on...
The Mayor of Casterbridge
Tess of the d'Urbervilles
Far from the Madding Crowd