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?
A bit of a swot I'm afraid! In Junior School I was always trying to be top of the class. I came down to earth with a bump when I went to High School and discovered I wasn't as clever as I thought!
Q: What did you want to be when you were a child?
Wimbledon Ladies Champion
Q: What strange habits do you have?
Making a list of things to do and then ticking off the ones I've already done!
Q: Do you feel younger or older than your current age?
Much younger - catching sight of myself in the mirror is always a horrible shock!
Q: What makes you cringe?
Usually something I've said before engaging my brain.
Q: What’s your favourite food?
A seafood platter of crab, prawns, oysters, mussels and other shellfish, preferably with a glass of ice-cold Sauvignon Blanc and a view of the sea.
Q: What do you day dream about?
When I'm doing my day job I day dream about my writing. When I'm writing I'm too busy to day dream about anything else!
Q: If you could meet one person, dead or alive, who would it be?
Vera Brittain, who wrote Testament of Youth
Q: What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?
Cultivate a can-do attitude
Q: What would you most like to change about yourself?
My fear of flying - I never look forward to holidays when I'm travelling by plane.
Q: What is your favourite word?
Q: What are you afraid of?
Q: What is your most treasured possession?
My engagement ring
Q: What do you do as a hobby?
Reading and going for long walks with my husband and our dog in the beautiful Welsh countryside
Q: What’s the most outrageous thing you’ve done?
I went through a phase of making seal noises at my teacher when I was in Year 6!
Q: What is the most interesting place you have ever visited?
Q: How long have you been a writer?
I wrote as a child - dreadful Enid Blyton 'cover stories' but I didn't get serious about writing until the mid 1990s.
Q: What book do you wish you had written?
'A Gathering Light' by Jennifer Donnelly. It's so atmospheric and I love the way she weaves into the story, the main character Mattie's love of new words
Q: What do you do to combat “writers’ block”?
Go for a long walk and talk my plot problems through with myself! Something about being out in wide open spaces I think. It hardly ever fails.
Q: Where do you do your writing?
In the open air when possible but usually in my daughter's old bedroom (soon to be converted into a proper study!)
Q: What was your favourite book as a child?
The whole Chalet School series by Elinor M. Brent-Dyer