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?
Shy and quiet ... I used to read books in class when I was supposed to be working. I also had a reputation for using long words!
Q: What did you want to be when you were a child?
A writer. I was aware that being a writer was a bit of a mad career idea though, so I did have some other ideas. I wondered about being a doctor, or a diplomat (very bad idea - I'm terrible at diplomacy!) or an explorer like Dr Livingstone.
Q: What is your most treasured possession?
I don't have many treasured possessions, but I would be very upset if I lost my laptop - or my half-written book!
Q: What do you do as a hobby?
I read books and play complicated board games, and I like climbing mountains, but there aren't that many near London.
Q: What strange habits do you have?
Does obsessively checking my Amazon ranking count as a habit? Um ... I don't like having my hair cut, and wait so long between haircuts sometimes that you can't see my eyes anymore.
Q: What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?
I think if I wasn't a writer, I'd probably work in publishing or for a charity.
Q: Do you feel younger or older than your current age?
Most of my friends are older than me ... but inside I feel about nine and a half. I still can't quite believe they let me do grown-up things like rent a house or fill out tax returns.
Q: What is the most interesting place you have ever visited?
Ooh, good question. Um ... I spent a day on Orkney looking inside burial mounds and stone circles so old that they existed before history. My friend and I sat in a little half-a-house which was over 5,000 years old.
Q: What would you most like to change about yourself?
I'd like to procrastinate and obsess less. And be more forgiving.
Q: What has life taught you?
Money doesn't make you happy. And if you have a dream, sometimes you just have to follow after it and see where it takes you.
Q: How long have you been a writer?
I've been writing stories inside my head all my life. I started my first book when I was twenty-two, in 2005, and I sold that in 2006 when I was twenty-three. That's when I started writing professionally.
Q: Where do you do your writing?
In a Victorian garrett study, with sloping ceilings and a desk covered in bits of paper and junk. Or sometimes in coffee shops or on trains.
Q: What are the best and worst things about being an author?
The best things are ... getting to write stories all day, seeing books with your name on them in shops, hearing from people who've loved your work, getting to meet other authors who you admire, telling people this is what you do all day, being able to write about whatever you want and tell whatever story you want to tell. Not having to get up early in the morning. The worst things are ... the loneliness, the frustration when things are going badly, the uncertainty, the horror of rejection when your agent or publisher doesn't like your book, the lack of control when the book is written and in the shops, the fear that you'll never be able to do it again.
Q: Where do you get your greatest ideas from?
Stories. Books. Things I think need to be said that no one else has said yet. Books that I wish someone else had written.
Q: Which of your own characters do you most identify with?
Like Molly I wish I lived in a book. Like Felix, I secretly think anything is possible.
Q: What do you do to combat “writers’ block”?
Take a notebook and go and write in a coffee shop with no distractions. Tell myself that a page of rubbish words is better than no words at all.
Q: What book do you wish you had written?
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith The Iliad by Homer Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte Saffy's Angel by Hilary McKay Great Expectations by Charles Dickens Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
Q: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Learn from authors you love, but write the book that is wholly yours, that only you can write.
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