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?
My reports said I would be a good pupil if only I would stop talking
Q: What did you want to be when you were a child?
Q: Which three words describe you best?
Friendly, talkative and childlike
Q: What is your favourite word?
Q: What makes you cringe?
Loudly arrogant people
Q: What are you afraid of?
The footsteps that follow you down the street after dark
Q: When did you last have a really good laugh?
In the pub recently when a customer went home and got children's dressing up box and we all wore silly hats.
Q: What is your most treasured possession?
Toy black cat given to me by my parents
Q: What do you do as a hobby?
Q: What strange habits do you have?
I kick inanimate objects when they don't work.
Q: What’s your favourite food?
Thai green curry
Q: What do you day dream about?
I can never remember
Q: What’s the most outrageous thing you’ve done?
Threw hot coffee over a newspaper reporter.
Q: What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?
Q: Do you feel younger or older than your current age?
Yes, I always have done.
Q: If you could meet one person, dead or alive, who would it be?
Q: What quality do you most admire in a person?
Q: What is the most interesting place you have ever visited?
Q: What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?
Give up smoking
Q: What would you most like to change about yourself?
To become more industrious
Q: What has life taught you?
That it's best not to make plans
Q: How long have you been a writer?
About 30 years off and on
Q: Was there a specific moment in your life when you decide to become a writer?
When I was performing as an actor in a TV series, I thought: "I could do that."
Q: Where do you do your writing?
At a desk on my laptop.
Q: What are the best and worst things about being an author?
Being able to escape into your imagination and forgetting your troubles. Having a pitifully small bank balance - if not a huge overdraft.
Q: Where do you get your greatest ideas from?
Newspapers, televsion documentaries and listening to conversations.
Q: Which of your own characters do you most identify with?
A detectine inspector, who was a flawed character but intelligent.
Q: What do you do to combat “writers’ block”?
Touch wood, I've never suffered from it.
Q: What was your favourite book as a child?
Five Go to Kirrin Island by Enid Blyton
Q: What book do you wish you had written?
East of Eden
Q: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Don't show off and use words your readers won't understand.
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