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?
Uninspired until I found a rooftop den to work and imagine I was Galileo.
Q: What did you want to be when you were a child?
Q: Which three words describe you best?
Busy busy busy
Q: What is your favourite word?
Q: What makes you cringe?
People with loud voices who have nothing to say.
Q: What are you afraid of?
Q: When did you last have a really good laugh?
Today, reading some Authorhotline profiles.
Q: What is your most treasured possession?
Q: What do you do as a hobby?
Walk and sketch and play the piano if I can find one.
Q: What strange habits do you have?
Writing on any bit of paper I can find - newspapers, tickets, envelopes, the palm of my hand..
Q: What’s your favourite food?
Q: What do you day dream about?
Living on a desert island.
Q: What’s the most outrageous thing you’ve done?
Persuade two scientists from Ecuador to follow me across a volcanic wasteland on one of the Galapagos islands in the belief I knew where I was going.
Q: What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?
Producer of children's animation.
Q: Do you feel younger or older than your current age?
I feel younger until I look in the mirror.
Q: If you could meet one person, dead or alive, who would it be?
Albert Einstein - but I'd let him do all the talking.
Q: What quality do you most admire in a person?
Q: What is the most interesting place you have ever visited?
Brazil and the Amazon jungle.
Q: What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?
It's not what happens to you but how you cope that matters.
Q: What would you most like to change about yourself?
Everything -provided I could always change back to me again.
Q: What has life taught you?
Carry on regardless.
Q: How long have you been a writer?
Since I first saw a piece of blank paper and a pencil.
Q: Was there a specific moment in your life when you decide to become a writer?
When man landed on the moon.
Q: Where do you do your writing?
Q: What are the best and worst things about being an author?
Writing the first and last paragraphs.
Q: Where do you get your greatest ideas from?
Life around me.
Q: Which of your own characters do you most identify with?
All of them.
Q: What do you do to combat “writers’ block”?
Q: What was your favourite book as a child?
Anything with colourful illustrations - perhaps The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupery.
Q: What book do you wish you had written?
George Orwell's "Animal Farm".
Q: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Stop twittering and write your book.