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?
Q: What did you want to be when you were a child?
A writer - until I started playing guitar and decided I'd be a pop star. (That didn't happen!).
Q: Which three words describe you best?
Brilliant. Amazing. Deluded.
Q: What is your favourite word?
Q: What makes you cringe?
Q: What are you afraid of?
I'm afraid of nothing Nothing frightens me So when I see nothing coming I pack my bags... And flee!
Q: When did you last have a really good laugh?
Last night at a programme about Victoria Wood.
Q: What is your most treasured possession?
Fender Malibu Acoustic Guitar (and my Fender Stratocaster, and my Tanglewood Acoustic and my new ukulele).
Q: What do you do as a hobby?
Play guitars and ukulele.
Q: If you could meet one person, dead or alive, who would it be?
Q: What would you most like to change about yourself?
Um...er...well...um...be more decisive
Q: Do you feel younger or older than your current age?
Depends what I'm doing. Younger when I'm performing. Older when I'm with my teenage daughter!
Q: What quality do you most admire in a person?
Q: How long have you been a writer?
A very long time. I've been full time (earning a living as a poet, that is) for over 10 years but I've written since my teenage years.
Q: Was there a specific moment in your life when you decide to become a writer?
I just wrote because I wanted to and started to earn money at it. About 11 years ago I stopped being a librarian and became a 'professional' poet.
Q: Where do you do your writing?
You can write poetry anywhere but usually I work on poems in my study. But the idas can come wherever you are.
Q: What are the best and worst things about being an author?
It's all good. (Apart from when an editor doesn't include you in a book).
Q: Where do you get your greatest ideas from?
Things I see or hear.
Q: What was your favourite book as a child?
Q: What book do you wish you had written?
Just one of the Harry Potter books (because I'd now be a millionaire) or anything by Roger McGough.
Q: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Read a lot. Write a lot.
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