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 did you want to be when you were a child?
A vet - until I realised I didn't like sick animals.
Q: Which three words describe you best?
Woman with dog
Q: What is your favourite word?
WOOFY - children from a school in Berkshire, England, chose it for my puppet dog to celebrate the launch of our picture book - The Quiet Woman And The NOISY DOG (illustrated by Ailie Busby)
Q: What are you afraid of?
Turning into a robot because I'm always connected to the internet
Q: When did you last have a really good laugh?
In the supermarket when my daughter read out the name of a packet of biscuits - she thought it was rude. We find the smallest of things funny.
Q: What were you like at school?
I was so shy, teachers used to say that I wouldn't say boo to a goose - but I think I wouldn't have said boo to a gosling
Q: What do you day dream about?
Seeing the world - from space
Q: What would you most like to change about yourself?
I'd like to be able to say boo to a goose
Q: What’s the most outrageous thing you’ve done?
When I was a student, I went to a masked ball dressed as a biker (I borrowed a helmet, gloves and boots several sizes too big and spoke in a deep voice). I won the prize for staying in disguise until midnight.
Q: What is the most interesting place you have ever visited?
Big Ben, London. Climbing 334 steps - aged 9 - in time to hear The Great Bell ring at midday. You have to be 11 to go there now. (see www.parliament.uk for virtual tours!)
Q: What do you do as a hobby?
Take photos. If I don't have my camera with me, I'll use the one on my phone. Once, I saw fishermen netting on the lake and I ran home for my camera. They only count the fish every 3 years!
Q: What’s your favourite food?
Chocolate. But that's not really food is it.
Q: What quality do you most admire in a person?
Q: What has life taught you?
Do what you want to do and if you can't - do what you can
Q: What makes you cringe?
Reading my first drafts
Q: What strange habits do you have?
Leaving half-full glasses of water around the house - it's a habit I've seen featured in a film!
Q: What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?
Q: If you could meet one person, dead or alive, who would it be?
Stephen Fry - although I'd probably spend the whole time listening to his immaculate voice and not saying a word
Q: What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?
'Do round the outside and the middle will do itself' - My Nan's advice on how to tackle a big job. In this case, mopping the floor.
Q: How long have you been a writer?
About 10 years - it sounds like a long time but I feel like I've only just started.
Q: Was there a specific moment in your life when you decide to become a writer?
Yes - when I became a mother and began to read children's books
Q: Where do you do your writing?
mostly, at my computer in the garden room of my house or if it's the first draft, sitting on the sofa with a pencil and notebook.
Q: What are the best and worst things about being an author?
Best thing is reading aloud. The worst - is thinking so much that it makes my head feel like it's filled with scrambled egg.
Q: Where do you get your greatest ideas from?
Questions. What if...? Where does...? Who is...? Why does my dog bark so much!
Q: What do you do to combat “writers’ block”?
Walk and stop trying to write.
Q: What was your favourite book as a child?
Alice's Adventures In Wonderland - it has to be the one illustrated by Sir John Tenniel.
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?
Read and walk - but not at the same time.
Q: Which of your own characters do you most identify with?
The Quiet Dog
The Quiet Woman And The Noisy Dog
The Quiet Woman And The Noisy Dog
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