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?
A writer, of course!
Q: What is your favourite word?
Q: What makes you cringe?
Q: What do you do as a hobby?
Watching and photographing wildlife - the more remote the destination, and the more obscure the animal, the better.
Q: What’s the most outrageous thing you’ve done?
Swimming in an underground river system in Mexico. It was very dark, and very cold - and when you shone a torch, you could see bats and spiders on the cave roof...
Q: What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?
Wildlife cameraman, or ecologist.
Q: Do you feel younger or older than your current age?
Depends on the time of day...
Q: If you could meet one person, dead or alive, who would it be?
Leonardo da Vinci
Q: What quality do you most admire in a person?
Sense of humour
Q: What is the most interesting place you have ever visited?
That's really hard, as there are so many. The ossuary at Sedlec, in the Czech Republic. This is a small chapel, decorated with thousands and thousands of bones. The Flaming Cliffs, in Mongolia, one of the best dinosaur fossil sites in the world. Zambia, where I saw African Hunting Dogs chasing a gazelle...
Q: What has life taught you?
Everything is interesting, if you just approach it in the right way.
Q: How long have you been a writer?
Ever since I could write.
Q: Where do you do your writing?
At my computer, where I have a lovely view of the garden and the bird table. There's a starling hanging upside down on it right at this moment!
Q: Where do you get your greatest ideas from?
Places I've visited.
Q: What do you do to combat “writers’ block”?
Go for a walk in the countryside.
Q: What was your favourite book as a child?
The Lost World, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Q: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Go to as many places as you can, meet as many people as you can, and ask as many questions as you can.
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