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?
Not very good. So bad at English that I wasn't allowed to do GCSEs in English Lit or languages.
Q: What did you want to be when you were a child?
A Leeds United player or a milkman.
Q: Which three words describe you best?
Dad. Husband. Writer.
Q: What is your favourite word?
Iris or Rebecca.
Q: What makes you cringe?
Q: What are you afraid of?
Torture. Rats. Amazon ratings.
Q: When did you last have a really good laugh?
When Leeds beat Man U in the FA cup last week.
Q: What is your most treasured possession?
Q: What do you do as a hobby?
Q: What strange habits do you have?
Singing football songs when I am happy and alone in the house.
Q: What’s your favourite food?
Q: What do you day dream about?
Q: What’s the most outrageous thing you’ve done?
Too outrageous to say. Sorry.
Q: What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?
Q: Do you feel younger or older than your current age?
Q: If you could meet one person, dead or alive, who would it be?
Samuel Beckett, Irish novelist.
Q: What quality do you most admire in a person?
Q: What is the most interesting place you have ever visited?
The Sahara Desert, where I met my lovely wife.
Q: What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?
When I was just a little boy, I asked my mother what should I be. Should I be Chelsea? Should I be Leeds? Here's what she said to me... ...Leeds.
Q: What would you most like to change about yourself?
I'd like a new left knee, please.
Q: What has life taught you?
Try to think about things from other people's point of view.
Q: How long have you been a writer?
20 years. But only professionally for the last three.
Q: Was there a specific moment in your life when you decide to become a writer?
Q: Where do you do your writing?
On trains, in cafes, in hotel bars. And, at home, in the Bear Cafe, Todmorden.
Q: What are the best and worst things about being an author?
The best: having the time to do a job that you love. The worst: being away from home and missing my wife and daughter.
Q: Where do you get your greatest ideas from?
Q: Which of your own characters do you most identify with?
Danny Harte, the football detective.
Q: What do you do to combat “writers’ block”?
Q: What was your favourite book as a child?
I didn't like books as a child.
Q: What book do you wish you had written?
Keeper by Mal Peet
Q: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
One, read lots of different authors. Two, care about what you write about. Three, never give up.