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 liked primary school very much although I worried about lots of things. When I was in reception I worried about not being able to tell the difference between a square and a triangle.
Q: What did you want to be when you were a child?
I wanted to be an actress or a writer!
Q: What are you afraid of?
Q: When did you last have a really good laugh?
My teenage children and my husband make me laugh all the time.
Q: What is your most treasured possession?
Jacob, Nieve and Andrew. Can I have three?
Q: What do you do as a hobby?
I read! Very predictable answer! but I also walk. My family and I take walking holidays to beautiful places in Wales and England.
Q: What strange habits do you have?
There is absolutely no strangeness about me at all- but I am sure my children would tell you something different!
Q: What’s your favourite food?
Tapas, cheese, chocolate, popcorn, marshmallows - I could keep going..... they are also the reason I walk!
Q: What do you day dream about?
I don't often day dream but I do have long and vivid dreams that frighten me, make me laugh, worry me and wake me! When I try to explain them I can't - but sometimes I am able to write them down!
Q: What’s the most outrageous thing you’ve done?
I can't tell you!
Q: What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?
I would like to try acting just once, perhaps a Shakespeare play on the stage - I would probably be terrible though.
Q: Do you feel younger or older than your current age?
My mind feels much younger than my body!
Q: If you could meet one person, dead or alive, who would it be?
A lovely lady whom I lost not so very long ago. I would like to meet her again and tell her about all the things she has missed since she has been gone.
Q: What quality do you most admire in a person?
The ability to laugh at themselves and not take themselves too seriously.
Q: What is the most interesting place you have ever visited?
Every new place I visit is interesting and I always try to learn a little something about that place.
Q: What would you most like to change about yourself?
My hair - its so thick and curly it gets larger by the hour and when we have wet weather there is no stopping it!
Q: What has life taught you?
When I get to the end of it I will tell you!
Q: How long have you been a writer?
I have written since I was a child.
Q: Was there a specific moment in your life when you decide to become a writer?
I think I was about 7.
Q: Where do you do your writing?
At my table looking onto my small, green and flowery garden in summer and my waterlogged, muddy garden in winter.
Q: What are the best and worst things about being an author?
Best: Seeing my imagination in words on a page. Having children tell me they like my story. My family and friends being proud of me. Worst: Worrying that children will not like my stories. That I cannot give my story the ending it deserves.
Q: Where do you get your greatest ideas from?
From my family. Sometimes from situations that I find myself in or sometimes from a weird dream (see above!)
Q: Which of your own characters do you most identify with?
Q: What do you do to combat “writers’ block”?
I stop writing for a while, perhaps a few days and I read a book. I try to think about paths that my story might take when I am laying in bed just before I fall asleep. That usually works for me.
Q: What was your favourite book as a child?
The Tale of Mrs Tiggy Winkle, by Beatrix Potter when I was very small. Anne of Green Gables. Wuthering Heights which I read when I was fourteen - it was the first book to make me cry.
Q: What book do you wish you had written?
A Quiet Belief in Angels, by R J Ellory. A grown up book but so beautifully written despite the fact that its subject is not suitable for children!
Q: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Write, write and then write some more. Read, read and then read some more. Your writing will be defined by the books that you read and by the authors that inspire you.
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