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 giggly and a bit timid. Sometimes more interested in my friends than in my studies.
Q: What did you want to be when you were a child?
I always wanted to be a doctor until I decided I was better in English and writing than in science and maths.
Q: Which three words describe you best?
Q: What is your favourite word?
Q: What makes you cringe?
When people say intolerant things
Q: What are you afraid of?
loud noises and mice
Q: When did you last have a really good laugh?
Yesterday at a workshop where I had to pretend I was pitching a business idea. I was rubbish and it was hilarious!
Q: What is your most treasured possession?
Q: What do you do as a hobby?
Play the violin
Q: What strange habits do you have?
I must admit I snuffle a lot.
Q: What’s your favourite food?
Q: What do you day dream about?
new book launches where I can get all dressed up and everyone says they love what I wrote!
Q: What’s the most outrageous thing you’ve done?
Decide to be a writer and say it out loud.
Q: What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?
Q: Do you feel younger or older than your current age?
Definitely younger - by a lot
Q: If you could meet one person, dead or alive, who would it be?
My favourite short story writer, Grace Paley, who unfortunately died in 2009.
Q: What quality do you most admire in a person?
Q: What is the most interesting place you have ever visited?
Q: What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?
Don't let other people convince you can't do something that you really want to do.
Q: What would you most like to change about yourself?
My height - I'm just 5 feet tall and I get easily lost in crowds
Q: What has life taught you?
Life keeps teaching me to have faith in myself and my dreams, but I keep forgetting this lesson and have to continually relearn it.
Q: How long have you been a writer?
Since I was eight.
Q: Where do you do your writing?
In my little office upstairs in my house, but also at a writer's retreat in Ireland that I go to a couple of times a year.
Q: What are the best and worst things about being an author?
Worst: getting rejections and having to find the courage to keep going. Also, the pay is bad. Best: working with words and feelings, and creating new people that never existed in the world before you imagined them.
Q: Where do you get your greatest ideas from?
They are everywhere, all around me.
Q: What do you do to combat “writers’ block”?
Take a walk or a nap. Luckily, it usually doesn't last too long. And if it does, I write something, anything, anyway.
Q: What was your favourite book as a child?
Alice in Wonderland
Q: What book do you wish you had written?
That's a good one...."Ulysses"
Q: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Read everything you can find. Write no matter what anyone else tells you to do. Find the time, sit down in a chair, and do it.
Dreams of May