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The Author Hotline

is 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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Stephen George

Shoo Rayner

http://www.shoorayner.com
shoo1@btinternet.com
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Q: What were you like at school?

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Not very good. I'm dyslexic but nobody knew that then. I was always good at talking and making things.

Q: What did you want to be when you were a child?

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A Vet, an Astronaut, a Superhero and a Rock Star!

Q: Which three words describe you best?

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I Don't Know

Q: What is your favourite word?

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Sesquepedalian

Q: What makes you cringe?

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People who think they can sing

Q: What are you afraid of?

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A blank sheet of paper

Q: When did you last have a really good laugh?

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Last Tuesday at 3.59 pm

Q: What is your most treasured possession?

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A pencil drawing by Cecil Aldin a wonderful illustrator from the early 20th century.

Q: What do you do as a hobby?

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Being an author and an illustrator takes up all of my time - I don't have time for any hobbies. I suppose you could count gardening.

Q: What strange habits do you have?

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I'm perfect - I don't have strange habits!

Q: What’s your favourite food?

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Spghetti Bolognese

Q: What do you day dream about?

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Being able to spend all my time in bed, reading and writing on my laptop.

Q: What’s the most outrageous thing you’ve done?

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I can't tell you that!

Q: What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?

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Neuroscience or Atomic Physics

Q: Do you feel younger or older than your current age?

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much, much younger

Q: If you could meet one person, dead or alive, who would it be?

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I'm not particularly religious, but I would have been amazing to have met Jesus.

Q: What quality do you most admire in a person?

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humour

Q: What is the most interesting place you have ever visited?

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Japan. Tokyo is amazing and I wanted to visit Mount Fuji since I was about ten.

Q: What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?

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to marry my lovely wife.

Q: What would you most like to change about yourself?

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I'd like a bit more energy

Q: What has life taught you?

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Nothing is as bad as it seems at the time. Work hard, keep smiling and somehow you'll muddle through.

Q: How long have you been a writer?

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I suppose I started writing seriously when I was thirteen. I used to write about three songs a week.

Q: Was there a specific moment in your life when you decide to become a writer?

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When I first read Where the Wild things are when I was art Art College. I knew that that was what I wanted to do.

Q: Where do you do your writing?

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I have a lovely shed in the garden

Q: What are the best and worst things about being an author?

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Best thing is that you can do what you like and have no boss to tell you what to do. Worst thing - can't think of anything.

Q: Where do you get your greatest ideas from?

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who knows?

Q: Which of your own characters do you most identify with?

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Ricky Rocket

Q: What do you do to combat “writers’ block”?

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I sit own in a chair and get on with it. If I don't have any ideas then a holiday is great.

Q: What was your favourite book as a child?

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Narnia and Noddy

Q: What book do you wish you had written?

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Where the Wild Things Are

Q: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?

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Never wait for inspiration - stick the seat of your pants to the seat of your chair and get on with it.

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