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?
Not very clever, but good at doing caricatures of the teachers, and good at running when I got caught
Q: What did you want to be when you were a child?
Q: Which three words describe you best?
Happy, funny, bald
Q: What is your favourite word?
Q: What makes you cringe?
Answering questions about myself!
Q: What are you afraid of?
Fear! If you are frightened of something, do it. You'll find it wasn't as frightening as you thought it would be.
Q: When did you last have a really good laugh?
Just now! I looked in the mirror!
Q: What is your most treasured possession?
Q: What do you do as a hobby?
Draw, play the ukelele, guitar and go to the gym. Not all at the same time!
Q: What strange habits do you have?
Eating publishers who don't publish my books, so that nice people like you can enjoy them!
Q: What’s your favourite food?
Publishers! And loads of vegetables that I didn't like when I was a little kid!
Q: What do you day dream about?
Days! Actually, I really think day dreaming is brilliant and it annoys me when someone waggles their hand in my face and says'Oh look he's miles away!' 'Miles away' is a good place to be sometimes
Q: What’s the most outrageous thing you’ve done?
I worked in a circus, travelling across Northern Italy once. One night when everything was closed, I went into the big ring, climbed up a rope onto the trapeze and swung about without a safety net. More foolish than outrageous, i wouldn't do it now!!
Q: What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?
None really, its what Ive wanted to do ever since I was small. Ok I'm still small and I still do it! Though I would also like to be a professional child. Getting paid for being a child, mmmm sounds good to me.
Q: Do you feel younger or older than your current age?
Younger, but, I look older, which is scary because I'm 198 next June.
Q: If you could meet one person, dead or alive, who would it be?
I'd like to have met Charlie Chaplin, but only if he was alive! I think he'd be dead boring if he was ....dead!
Q: What quality do you most admire in a person?
Q: What is the most interesting place you have ever visited?
The world. Though I haven't visited that many other planets.
Q: What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?
You'll always miss the shots you don't take!
Q: What would you most like to change about yourself?
Not going for all the shots.
Q: What has life taught you?
Go for your first thought.
Q: How long have you been a writer?
I illustrate more than writing though I do both, so as a professional freelance 35 years.
Q: Was there a specific moment in your life when you decide to become a writer?
I initially wanted to go to drama school, but was too young so I went to Art College, at the age of 15, instead, and loved it.
Q: Where do you do your writing?
I have a studio at home, but ideas happen all over the place. You cant remember them all, so carry a note book and a working pen of course.
Q: What are the best and worst things about being an author?
Creating all the characters in my head and making them real for people to enjoy (I hope). Worst: Spending all day by myself!
Q: Where do you get your greatest ideas from?
Q: Which of your own characters do you most identify with?
The one I am working on at the moment, which is a dog called Wizzy.
Q: What do you do to combat “writers’ block”?
If I have time I go to the gym. A good work out sorts out the head as well as the body. If I dont have time, I just sit down and get on with it. I used to do the daily topical cartoon for a National Newspaper and I just had to get the idea, because the paper couldnt have a blank space saying' Sorry I couldnt think of an idea today!'
Q: What was your favourite book as a child?
Winnie the Pooh, and all the characters.
Q: What book do you wish you had written?
Winnie the Pooh
Q: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Illustrator......I would advise: Practise, practise and practise. Copy illustrators work that you like, nothing wrong with copying. Then you'll develop youre own style. And enjoy it.
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