1: What motivates you more: failure or success?
Success. I used to be afraid of failure; now I think failure is only a stepping stone towards success. I’m determined in everything that I do.
2: You can ask anyone in the world a question. Who and what would it be?
JK Rowling. I’d ask what keeps her motivated.
3: If you could say something to your 85-year-old self, what would it be?
Keep a youthful mindset. Don’t let your mind go stale.
4: If you could say something to your 15-year-old self, what would it be?
Despite how frustrated you feel at this moment, and despite a couple of hard years to come, you will see the other side and be so much happier.
5: Imagine money is no longer a thing. How would you spend your time?
I would spend my time being creative. I’d write. I’d travel. I’d laugh as much as I could. Hang out with the people I want to hang out with. And I’d work as hard as I could to make something better in the world.
6: If you stripped away all the layers of other people’s expectations and desires for you, what would you want for yourself?
I would want myself to be completely open and honest with people. I try to be as things stand, but sometimes it’s not possible.
7: What’s one thing you’ve been putting off doing?
One thing I’ve been putting off doing is finishing my book. Not because I don’t want to, and not because I don’t know how to, but because my priorities in the last two years have prevented me from doing so.
8: What headline would you like to read in tomorrow’s newspaper?
In tomorrow’s newspaper I’d love to see that every country in the world has switched to renewable energy and are making concerted efforts to save the animals and environments we’ve so crudely endangered.
9: What do you want written on your gravestone?
“She loved deeply.”
10: What is a perfect day to you, truly?
A perfect day for me would be sunny, and the perfect temperature so I was warm, but not hot. I’d spend the morning exercising, meeting close friends and eating food by the beach, and the afternoon alone in a café or somewhere I can be entirely isolated to write. In the evening, I’d go home to a partner I trust completely, and we’d watch a film under a blanket.
11: What do you find annoying in this great charade we call ‘modern life’?
What I find annoying about ‘modern life’ is the amount of people who can want to talk to you at any one time. It’s so hard sometimes to simply focus on what’s in front of you, rather than flitting between six social media platforms and the present. Sometimes I just leave my Wifi off on my phone for hours.
12: What are you most looking forward to in life?
I’m most looking forward to reaching milestones, achieving goals, and setting new ones.
13: If you could change just one thing in your past, what would it be?
I would change the fact that I had/still have acne. It’s been nine years since I started getting scarring spots and to be honest, it’s just inconvenient at this point. It’s not even like I’m hugely self-conscious about it, I just find them annoying.
14: Would you want to be your own friend?
I think so. Alternatively I’d find myself really weird, but I think I would.
15: Describe the last five years of your life in one sentence – and the next five.
The last five years: A lot of experiences which changed me and my outlook on life, and helped me mature. The next five: Achieving things I’ve been planning for a long time.
16: When did you last do something for the first time?
Today! Well, as I’m writing this. I just posted my postal vote for the UK General Election. It’s the first time I’ve been eligible to vote in one.
17: How many hours a week do you watch TV? And browse the internet?
I don’t watch TV, but browsing the internet (excluding uni work time) probably around 14 hours a week. I try to make it productive as possible but let’s be real, I could probably put some of that time to better use.
18: If you had 10K to start a business, what would you do with it?
If I had 10K… I’d start an agency to help creative people access their goals. Kind of like a job agency with connections and stuff, but for creative people.