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The Author Hotline

is 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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Stephen George

Odette Elliott

http://www.odetteelliott.co.uk
odette.elliott@ntlworld.com
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Q: What were you like at school?

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I talked a lot. I enjoyed making up short plays that the class would act.

Q: What did you want to be when you were a child?

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A journalist.

Q: Which three words describe you best?

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Grandmother. Loves children

Q: What is your favourite word?

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Loving

Q: What are you afraid of?

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Anything bad happening to members of my family.

Q: When did you last have a really good laugh?

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Last night. I was looking at some friends taking part in a really funny dance.

Q: What do you do as a hobby?

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Gardening in our small London courtyard garden, when the sun is shining.

Q: What strange habits do you have?

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Not telling!

Q: What’s the most outrageous thing you’ve done?

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When I was fifteen, singing at the top of my voice with other fifteen year olds in the Paris Metro. I’ve “forgotten” anything worse.

Q: What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?

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A speech therapist

Q: Do you feel younger or older than your current age?

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Usually younger, but not always!

Q: If you could meet one person, dead or alive, who would it be?

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Bob Marley

Q: What quality do you most admire in a person?

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Kindness

Q: What is the most interesting place you have ever visited?

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Cuba

Q: How long have you been a writer?

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I have always written stories in notebooks.

Q: Was there a specific moment in your life when you decide to become a writer?

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By the time I had 4 children, my grandmother said “So when are you going to write all those books you talked about?” I was about 40 years old.

Q: Where do you do your writing?

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At home, in cafes, in the Royal Festival Hall on London’s Southbank. On park benches.

Q: What are the best and worst things about being an author?

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The worst thing - rejection slips. The best, realising that children all round the world might see and read one’s published books. Meeting enthusiastic children on an author visit.

Q: Where do you get your greatest ideas from?

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Children I meet. My children and grandchildren.

Q: What do you do to combat “writers’ block”?

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Try and catch up on other neglected areas. There are plenty!

Q: What was your favourite book as a child?

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”Ballet Shoes” by Noel Streatfield

Q: What book do you wish you had written?

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“The Gruffalo” by Julia Donaldson

Q: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?

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Be prepared to re-write, not ‘once and again, but again and again’. Belong to a helpful critique group. If you don’t know of one, try and attend a course on writing.

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