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: Which three words describe you best?
Silly little man.
Q: What did you want to be when you were a child?
I wanted to be Doctor Who when I was a little boy growing up in the 1970's- Tom Baker was the fourth Doctor and a hero of mine.
Q: What are you afraid of?
Daleks, Cybermen, Sontarans, Sea Devils, Autons, Weeping Angels, police boxes, time and space. Actually, thinking about it, I wouldn't have made a very good Doctor Who. And balloons. I've a terrible fear of balloons.
Q: When did you last have a really good laugh?
Q: What strange habits do you have?
You'd better take a seat...I've recently started getting my head stuck in stools. I'm not sure if that's a habit but it's happening far too frequently to be passed off as accidental. When I'm not doing that I often find myself staring into my fridge for up to five minutes at a time without taking anything out. I stare blankly into space a lot actually. I wear new shoes in bed if I really like them. I have mild and recurring panic attacks thinking I've left my bag on a train. I don't go on trains. I haven't even got a bag. If a tricky situation arises which I'm fairly certain I can't handle, I pretend to be Tom Baker and let him deal with it. Sometimes I pretend to have obsessive compulsive disorder. To make myself sound more interesting I tell old biddies I'm Corgi registered but can't work on their boiler because of a gas allergy. I used to bite my toenails when I was younger but never knew it was a social taboo until I was doing it round Margaret and Roger's house and they never offered me any biscuits. I regularly drink Lemsips regardless of whether I have a cold or not. I carry a beautiful hanky around with me to charm upset ladies but although I offer it to them I secretly hope they'll refuse because it's a really good hanky and it would be a shame to ruin it with their snot and tears.
Q: Do you feel younger or older than your current age?
I've always felt older and I've always wanted grey hair and wrinkles to make my dull, flabby face more interesting.
Q: What quality do you most admire in a person?
I admire selflessness in people. Especially if they're being selfless for my benefit.
Q: What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?
Oh be quiet, Leighton.
Q: What has life taught you?
I can honestly say, hand on heart, I've learned nothing.
Q: What were you like at school?
Not as clever or as popular as I would have liked to have been. But looking back on it, I'm clever enough to do what I want to do now and I haven't any friends to worry about, so perfect!
Q: What is your favourite word?
Q: If you could meet one person, dead or alive, who would it be?
Maybe Elvis? I'd prefer to have met him whilst he was alive though- he'd probably have more to say.
Q: What is the most interesting place you have ever visited?
I went ghost hunting a few years back in some woods that were supposed to be haunted. I was there in the dead of night and although it was quite spooky I didn't see or hear anything remotely scary. It was a complete waste of time- nothing but bats,owls and a headless horseman.
Q: What would you most like to change about yourself?
Q: What makes you cringe?
Loud people with nothing to say. I haven't anything to say either but I do it quietly.
Q: What is your most treasured possession?
At the moment it's my lovely old brown coat. It's older than I am and it's beautiful. I got it to replace a similar coat my grandad once gave me which is quite battered and now rests in the wardrobe of retired coats.
Q: What do you do as a hobby?
I irritate my daughter as much as I can. If she's too busy to be irritated I head for street corners and bother grannies. Sometimes I bring grannies home with me to bother my daughter.
Q: What’s your favourite food?
Avocado of course.
Q: What do you day dream about?
Days to come.
Q: What’s the most outrageous thing you’ve done?
I stopped an alien invasion when I was Tom Baker once.
Q: What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?
A plumber- blocked drains a specialty. You want to see me with a plunger- magnificent!
Q: What was your favourite book as a child?
A Bear Called Paddington.
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Reading Between the Lions
Little Princesses- The Rain Princess
Stewie Scraps and the Space Racer
Science Around You- Bubbles in the Bathroom
Gargolyz Take a Trip