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 naughty but I always avoided being caught so the teacher thought I was good.
Q: What did you want to be when you were a child?
I wasn't aware I had to be anything. I just enjoyed drawing and making up stories.
Q: What are you afraid of?
Snakes and large hairy spiders.
Q: What do you do as a hobby?
I play the viola - the most joked about instrument in the orchestra
Q: What is the most interesting place you have ever visited?
The Great Barrier Reef off the Queensland coast in Australia. I went snorkling there.
Q: What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?
To enjoy the moment you are in without looking forward and without looking back.
Q: What has life taught you?
That being a child is the best time of your life.
Q: How long have you been a writer?
My first book was published in 1974
Q: What are the best and worst things about being an author?
The best thing is doing a job I love. The worst thing is having my work criticised or rejected by publishers.
Q: What do you do to combat “writers’ block”?
Dig the garden energetically.
Q: What was your favourite book as a child?
The Beatrix Potter books because not all the characters are nice.
Q: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Time and space is precious - don't Twitter them away.
Q: Was there a specific moment in your life when you decide to become a writer?
It was decided for me when a Schools Inspector saw a book I had made for a reception class and sent it off to a publisher.
Q: Where do you do your writing?
I carry a note pad with me so I can write anywhere- on a bus - on a train. However I have to illustrate in my studio or it would be far too messy.
Q: Where do you get your greatest ideas from?
That is a big mystery that I cannot answer.
Q: Which of your own characters do you most identify with?
The little girl Queenie in TOM FINGER who goes on a quest.
The Land of the Dragon King
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