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?
Much like everyone else, but covered in paint.
Q: What did you want to be when you were a child?
A fighter pilot.
Q: Which three words describe you best?
Nice Nicer Nicest
Q: What is your favourite word?
Q: What makes you cringe?
Contemporary dance music
Q: What are you afraid of?
Suddenly discovering I like contemporary dance music
Q: When did you last have a really good laugh?
Whilst watching the IT crowd.
Q: What is your most treasured possession?
A painting of a fox by my brother
Q: What do you do as a hobby?
Q: What strange habits do you have?
I like to arrange everything neatly on a supermarket conveyor belt.
Q: What’s your favourite food?
Q: What do you day dream about?
Mountains and being very deep underwater.
Q: What’s the most outrageous thing you’ve done?
I've no idea.
Q: What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?
Q: Do you feel younger or older than your current age?
Depends upon how much sleep I had the night before
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 most interesting place you have ever visited?
The top of the Himalayas.
Q: What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?
It's good to have people in your field of work who's work you admire, but if you're doing the same as them as a job, then your work needs to be as good as theirs.
Q: What would you most like to change about yourself?
Q: What has life taught you?
It's much better to celebrate the similarities between people than to baulk at the differences.
Q: How long have you been a writer?
On and off for a long time.
Q: Was there a specific moment in your life when you decide to become a writer?
When I realised I could get paid for writing rather than for working for a menial job agency.
Q: Where do you do your writing?
In the lounge, in a comfy chair, with good music playing, and the cat fast asleep upstairs.
Q: What are the best and worst things about being an author?
Best - coming up with a ideas and seeing them become something. Worst - having to work for a living.
Q: Where do you get your greatest ideas from?
Q: Which of your own characters do you most identify with?
I don't know.
Q: What do you do to combat “writers’ block”?
Q: What was your favourite book as a child?
There's no such thing as dragons.
Q: What book do you wish you had written?
I don't know.
Q: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Just write. Then read it to yourself. Is it as good as the writing of people you admire? No? Then start again. Repeat ad-infinitum, and if you're dedicated, then you'll get there in the end.
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