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?
Imaginative, idealistic, perfectionist.
Q: What is your favourite word?
I like those words which describe dog-mixtures, like Labradoodle, Whoodle, Spoodle.
Q: What are you afraid of?
Losing people I love.
Q: When did you last have a really good laugh?
My friend Emma makes me laugh all day, I wish I could put her on the telly!
Q: What is your most treasured possession?
Too difficult to choose one! 1. A knitted chipmunk my Nan made me when I was 4 years old. For some strange reason I named him 'Christmas Toes'! 2. A tiny pendant that my Mum gave to me with a beautiful painting of a rabbit on it. 3. An old cuckoo clock that my Dad bought for me from an auction. It was all in bits and broken when he got it but he put it all back together and now it works. The cuckoo cuckoos, ladies and men dance around in circles and it plays a lovely tune. It is beautiful!
Q: What do you do as a hobby?
Mosaicing, sewing animal toys, writing poems, snoozing with my gorgeous cat Leonard.
Q: What’s your favourite food?
Most things that are yellow - cheese, scrambled eggs, custard, custard creams, banana milkshake.
Q: What do you day dream about?
A world (hopefully this one in the not-too-distant future) where people don't eat or hurt animals.
Q: What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?
Interior designer, animator, toy designer, dancer, Prime Minister.
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 best advice anyone has ever given you?
My Mum always used to say to us: Your life lies before you like a path of driven snow, be careful how you tread it, for every step will show.
Q: What would you most like to change about yourself?
I would love to be able to sing and play the banjo, but I have no musical talent!
Q: How long have you been a writer?
I have loved writing stories and poems since I was about 8.
Q: Where do you get your greatest ideas from?
Real life, real feelings, real people . . . all mixed in with a lot of imagination and exageration!
Q: Which of your own characters do you most identify with?
All of my books are autobiographical in one way or another. I'm not sure I could write about someone who I didn't identify with, it wouldn't come naturally.
Q: What was your favourite book as a child?
It was 'Natasha's New Doll' by Frank Francis.
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