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...
For more information on CW4K CLICK HERE
Q: What were you like at school?
Not very attentive, but able to cope with work, using minimum effort
Q: What did you want to be when you were a child?
First a Fighter Pilot, then a Steam Engine driver.
Q: Which three words describe you best?
Caring, Stubborn, Determined
Q: What is your favourite word?
Q: What makes you cringe?
Celeb authors who rarely write their books, and the obscene pay for Footballers and Bankers
Q: What are you afraid of?
Q: When did you last have a really good laugh?
Watching the repeat Morecambe and Wise Christmas Show. 'They don't make them like that anymore.'!
Q: What is your most treasured possession?
Q: What do you do as a hobby?
Sail, Road Running, Boxing (qualified ABA Coach) Writing (of course)
Q: What strange habits do you have?
Better ask my wife
Q: What’s your favourite food?
A meal consisting of fresh salmon, new potatos, green peas, followed by sherry trifle.
Q: What do you day dream about?
The story line of the books I am writing currently.
Q: What’s the most outrageous thing you’ve done?
Where do I start! I was a University student: need I go further?
Q: What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?
I wanted to be a Vet, and would be one, if I had my time again.
Q: Do you feel younger or older than your current age?
Much younger, now I visit schools and do workshops
Q: If you could meet one person, dead or alive, who would it be?
Q: What quality do you most admire in a person?
Q: What is the most interesting place you have ever visited?
A secret Airforce base in Israel: now there's a story!
Q: What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?
Believe in yourself, and do your best.
Q: What would you most like to change about yourself?
Get a head of hair!!!
Q: What has life taught you?
All that glitters is not gold, and treat others as you would like to be treated
Q: How long have you been a writer?
Since University days..a LONG time
Q: Was there a specific moment in your life when you decide to become a writer?
Q: Where do you do your writing?
I am lucky to have my own study
Q: What are the best and worst things about being an author?
As a children's author, school visits and emails from satisfied readers. The worst thing is going to book signings and finding no books, and very few people entering the bookshop/ store
Q: Where do you get your greatest ideas from?
Newspaper stories, 'What if' dreams.
Q: Which of your own characters do you most identify with?
None, so far.
Q: What do you do to combat “writers’ block”?
Either begin another writing project, go for a long run, sail, or just a few days rest.
Q: What was your favourite book as a child?
All the 'Just William' series.
Q: What book do you wish you had written?
Kensukis Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo.
Q: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Have perseverance, a thick skin, and the courage to accept rejection after rejection, but -above all- faith in your own ability
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