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?
Q: What did you want to be when you were a child?
Q: Which three words describe you best?
Loyal, caring and adventurous, according to my husband.
Q: What makes you cringe?
People with egos
Q: What are you afraid of?
Q: When did you last have a really good laugh?
I try to have at least one a day
Q: What is your most treasured possession?
Q: What do you do as a hobby?
Travel and read
Q: What strange habits do you have?
Do I have any? I think you had better ask my family.
Q: What’s your favourite food?
Just about anything Italian
Q: What do you day dream about?
Winning the lottery
Q: What’s the most outrageous thing you’ve done?
I couldn't possibly say!
Q: What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?
Q: Do you feel younger or older than your current age?
Q: What is the most interesting place you have ever visited?
Everywhere is interesting if you approach it with the right frame of mind. The world is a fascinating place.
Q: What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?
Always treat people the way you would like them to treat you.
Q: What has life taught you?
Expect the unexpected
Q: How long have you been a writer?
I have been making up stories for as long as I can remember but it was only in 2009 that I was finally persuaded to start writing them down.
Q: Where do you do your writing?
My favourite place to write is on the verandah of our house in South Africa. In the UK, dependant on the weather, I'm either under a tree in the garden or at my desk.
Q: What are the best and worst things about being an author?
Best - finishing a book, worst - starting one.
Q: Where do you get your greatest ideas from?
Who knows? But I do a lot of thinking whilst walking my dogs.
Q: Which of your own characters do you most identify with?
Probably Petunia the purple dragon, because she tries so hard to be a good wife/friend/mother but is never quite sure she has got it right.
Q: What do you do to combat “writers’ block”?
Go back to the beginning, read through everything and try to get something flowing
Q: What was your favourite book as a child?
Q: What book do you wish you had written?
Wind in the Willows
Q: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Trust your instincts and just do it