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 is your favourite word?
Q: What makes you cringe?
Q: What is your most treasured possession?
My copy of 'Norman & Henry Bones: The Boy Detectives' (see below)
Q: What do you do as a hobby?
I sing. I sail. Occasionally at the same time.
Q: What strange habits do you have?
Talking to sheep.
Q: What do you day dream about?
Anything. All the time. Hmm... Oh yes... sorry, what was the question?
Q: What’s the most outrageous thing you’ve done?
When I was 14, my mate and I walked out of school, scaled the railings of the girls' grammar school down the road and sneaked in through the back door. We did this so my mate could impress a girl he liked. While he talked to her, I talked her best friend. Then another girl raced up and yelled: "Creepy (aka Miss Crawley the Head Teacher) and about a hundred prefects are on the warpath!" Things were looking ugly -and I don't just mean Miss Crawley. The girls smuggled us out across the hockey fields to safety. And not a moment too soon, if you ask me.
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?
Either one of my grans, both of whom had died before I was born.
Q: What quality do you most admire in a person?
Q: What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?
Don't believe everything you read in questionnaires.
Q: What did you want to be when you were a child?
Q: When did you last have a really good laugh?
Last Tuesday. At about two o'clock.
Q: How long have you been a writer?
I received my first payment as a writer in July 1981. It was for 50p and was for a joke I'd written!
Q: Where do you do your writing?
Our house used to be owned by the local baker. In the back garden is the old bakehouse where he made his bread and that is where I do my writing.
Q: What are the best and worst things about being an author?
Best: audience laughter Worst: the blank page - the writers' nightmare.
Q: Where do you get your greatest ideas from?
Watching and listening to other people.
Q: What do you do to combat “writers’ block”?
Go for a walk. Talk to the sheep. Go back and read what I've written FROM THE BEGINNING.
Q: What was your favourite book as a child?
'Norman & Henry Bones: The Boy Detectives.' Later on, when I was away at College, my mum gave it away to the Cub Scout Jumble Sale. There is a happy ending though: last year, my wife found a copy on ebay and bought it for me for my birthday!
Q: What book do you wish you had written?
'Tom's Midnight Garden' by Philippa Pearce.
Q: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Keep reading, keep writing, keep looking, keep listening.
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