Authors Hotline - Where authors and their readers connect
CW4K

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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Q: What is your favourite word?

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Beautiful

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

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An actress

Q: Which three words describe you best?

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Cheerful. colourful, creative

Q: What were you like at school?

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Enthusiastic, good at lessons, good at games

Q: What makes you cringe?

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Bad grammar, bad manners, bad attitude

Q: What are you afraid of?

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Nothing much

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

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About half an hour ago

Q: What is your most treasured possession?

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Family photographs

Q: What do you do as a hobby?

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My work and hobbies are really the same... but I do love going to the cinema and I am a member of a pub quiz team.

Q: What strange habits do you have?

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None I would admit to

Q: What’s your favourite food?

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British classics such as roast beef and Yorkshire pudding, apple crumble and custard, bacon and egg

Q: What do you day dream about?

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Having my own purpose-built studio complete with wood-burning stove, an endless supply of paper and paints, and a computer that never breaks down.

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

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Appearing in a play wearing a very skimpy costume

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

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Film director

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

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Always younger

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

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Pablo Picasso

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

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Honesty... and generosity

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

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Backstage at The Albert Hall

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

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When it comes to earning a living, do what you enjoy.

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

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I'd like to be able to sing beautifully.

Q: What has life taught you?

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Be honest, be kind, be thoughtful.

Q: How long have you been a writer?

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For about 30 years

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

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No, my writing career has evolved over time.

Q: Where do you do your writing?

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At home

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

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You have to be very disciplined and hard-working and, even if you are successful, it is difficult to earn a good living. On the plus side, it is very satisfying to spend your working life being creative.

Q: Where do you get your greatest ideas from?

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I visit galleries and museums, read lots of books and have lots of interesting conversations with people.

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

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I make a list of tasks to be tackled. I start work at the same time each day and work through the list until suppertime.

Q: What was your favourite book as a child?

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I had lots of favourites but particularly remember 'A dog so small that you could only see it with your eyes shut' by Philippa Pearce.

Q: What book do you wish you had written?

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Alice in Wonderland

Q: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?

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'Follow your heart.'

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