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 did you want to be when you were a child?
My parents recently unearthed a school project of mine from when I was about 7 in which I write, "When I grow up I want to be a artist and a writer". However, I also remember at other times wanting to be a 'farmer's wife', a vet and Dogtanian.
Q: What were you like at school?
Cheeky, bad at P.E., good at Art, and a bit of a daydreamer.
Q: What is your favourite word?
It changes all the time but at the moment I would have to say 'Ombudsmen'.
Q: What makes you cringe?
Q: What are you afraid of?
Q: When did you last have a really good laugh?
About a second ago when I said the word 'ombudsmen' out-loud to myself.
Q: What is your most treasured possession?
My kids - do they count? I don't think there's anything else I'd frantically save in a fire.
Q: What do you do as a hobby?
I've always been in bands of one sort or another and currently I sing and my husband plays the guitar - mostly at open mic nights. I also like long walks in the countryside with my family, cinema-ing whenever we can get a babysitter and anything art-and-crafty.
Q: If you could meet one person, dead or alive, who would it be?
Stephen Fry. I was a little obsessed with the man as a teenager and I still think he's rather brilliant.
Q: What quality do you most admire in a person?
I know I should say 'bravery' or 'kindness' or 'determination' or some such, but whilst these things are clearly important, for me it has to be sense of humour! Laughter is such an enormously important part of our human nature - to laugh and make others laugh makes us feel fantastic , helps us bond with each other, and gets us through tough times when nothing else will.
Q: What has life taught you?
My daughter Clementine was born with severe special needs and through looking after and loving Clemmie I've learnt that contrary to what we are taught in society about achieving and success being all that matters, it's life that's important. Clemmie doesn't 'do', she just 'is', and for that she's utterly perfect.
Q: How long have you been a writer?
I've been an illustrator for 8 years and wrote my first picture book last year (2009). I now have 3 books I;ve both written and illustrated coming out this year, with more in the pipeline!
Q: What are the best and worst things about being an author?
You get to work in your pyjamas! How fantastic is that!! And you get to daydream up fantastical stories and doodle pictures of robot monkeys riding bicycles and you get paid for it!! On the down side you have to motivate yourself to work, you get no sick-pay and it can get a bit lonely - but hey, if all that means I can work in my pyjamas I'm ok with it!
Q: Where do you get your greatest ideas from?
My children - Toby and Clementine.
Q: What was your favourite book as a child?
It was a book called 'Little Dog Lost' by Nina Warner Hooke which always made me laugh and cry in equal measures.
Q: What book do you wish you had written?
Where the Wild Things Are - genius.
Q: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Just do it! So many people say to be 'oh, I've always wanted to write a book' - to which I always think - just do it then! However scary that blank piece of paper is, just get yourself a pen and force yourself to write something - anything - on it - and then the ideas will begin to flow.
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