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?
Driven, loyal, pessimistic.
Q: What is your favourite word?
Q: What makes you cringe?
Q: What are you afraid of?
Q: When did you last have a really good laugh?
Q: What is your most treasured possession?
Q: What do you do as a hobby?
I watch movies.
Q: What strange habits do you have?
I always say hello to magpies.
Q: What’s your favourite food?
Q: What do you day dream about?
Directing a movie.
Q: What’s the most outrageous thing you’ve done?
Convinced people that my work is worth publishing.
Q: What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?
Q: Do you feel younger or older than your current age?
Q: If you could meet one person, dead or alive, who would it be?
Max, from Sebastian Darke.
Q: What quality do you most admire in a person?
Q: What is the most interesting place you have ever visited?
My own imagination.
Q: What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?
Don't give up.
Q: What would you most like to change about yourself?
Q: What has life taught you?
The best things happen by accident.
Q: How long have you been a writer?
Since the age of thirteen. I've been published since 1977.
Q: Was there a specific moment in your life when you decide to become a writer?
Yes. When I read Ray Bradbury's wonderful story, Something Wicked This Way Comes, when I was thirteen years old.
Q: Where do you do your writing?
In my study - that's where I'm writing this.
Q: What are the best and worst things about being an author?
You don't have a boss... but you don't get sick pay.
Q: Where do you get your greatest ideas from?
That's the question no author can ever answer.
Q: Which of your own characters do you most identify with?
Max, the grumpy buffalope from Sebastian Darke. He always assumes the worst is going to happen.
Q: What do you do to combat “writers’ block”?
I've never had it, but if I did, I'd just try and write my way out of it.
Q: What was your favourite book as a child?
Something Wicked This Way Comes - it's still up there in my top 10.
Q: What book do you wish you had written?
Lord Of The Flies by William Golding.
Q: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Show don't tell... and never, never, never, NEVER give up!
Sebastian Darke: Prince Of Fools
Sebastian Darke: Prince Of Pirates
Sebastian Darke: Prince Of Explorers
Alec Devlin: The Eye Of The Serpent
Alec Devlin: Empire Of The Skull