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?
Boy crazy; played basketball; swimmer; class clown.
Q: What did you want to be when you were a child?
A detective; I loved Nancy Drew.
Q: Which three words describe you best?
Self-starter, outgoing, organized.
Q: What is your favourite word?
Q: What makes you cringe?
Thinking about some of the silly, outrageous things I did before I developed full use of my brain!
Q: What are you afraid of?
What kind of world my grand daughter will live in.
Q: When did you last have a really good laugh?
Usually in a theatre filled with people, watching a funny film.
Q: What is your most treasured possession?
Q: What do you do as a hobby?
Read, write morning pages, walk.
Q: What strange habits do you have?
Sometimes when I read a story outloud, my eyes get really large! Not scary, just big.
Q: What’s your favourite food?
Lobster with lots of dipping butter.
Q: What do you day dream about?
How can I make a difference in today's world.
Q: What’s the most outrageous thing you’ve done?
One night, my friend and I borrowed a "men working" street sign. I was 16. Often wondered what happened to that sign.
Q: What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?
Public affairs news anchor.
Q: Do you feel younger or older than your current age?
Of course much younger.
Q: If you could meet one person, dead or alive, who would it be?
Mother Teresa, to learn more about giving and love.
Q: What quality do you most admire in a person?
Q: What is the most interesting place you have ever visited?
The site of the Terra Cotta warriors, in China.
Q: What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?
Q: What would you most like to change about yourself?
I could lose a few pounds.
Q: What has life taught you?
Be observant and ready for any opportunities that cross your path.
Q: How long have you been a writer?
My first book was published last year, 2009 but I've always been a writer, in my mind.
Q: Was there a specific moment in your life when you decide to become a writer?
Probably 1970 when I sent off my first manuscript which was summarily rejected.
Q: Where do you do your writing?
Inside my head while waiting in line, driving, etc., and at my computer.
Q: What are the best and worst things about being an author?
The best? Absolutely everything. I'm pretty new at this but so far I love meeting new people, hanging out with other authors and learning from them. The worst? Not enough hours in the day to accomplish all I want.
Q: Where do you get your greatest ideas from?
Just observing people, overhearing conversations. Everywhere you look there's a story!
Q: What do you do to combat “writers’ block”?
Go for a walk in the woods or by the sea. It clears my head to allow inspiration to flow.
Q: What was your favourite book as a child?
The Velveteen Rabitt.
Q: What book do you wish you had written?
I love memoirs. Most recently I enjoyed Elizabeth Grant's "Eat, Pray, Love". When I was much younger I was enthralled with Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged".
Q: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Trust yourself; hold onto your passion and never give up.
Fly Catcher Boy