Do you have any favourite authors?
I’m a big fan of fantasy and science fiction. If it’s gritty, raw and realistic (for a fantasy lol) I’m hooked. Soooooo my favourite authors in no particular order: China Mieville, Joe Abercrombie, Steph Swainston, William Gibson, Neal Stephenson, Richard Morgan.
What are your favourite books?
Bear in mind that these are predominantly adult books and listed in no particular order:
The Heroes by Joe Abercrombie
Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan
The Year of Our War by Steph Swainston
Perdido Street Station by China Mieville
Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
Neuromancer by William Gibson
What’s your favourite colour?
Why do people always want to know this? Why do I always get thrown the really, really boring questions? Couldn’t you ask me something with more bada-BOOM in it?
Turquoise, my favourite colour is turquoise.
What’s the most embarassing thing you’ve ever done?
Ah, that’s a hard one. Unfortunately I haven’t grown out of doing stupid things and tend to out do my previous year’s most embarassing incident on a regular basis. I did fall off a wall recently while working on my Parkour movements. I landed half on my bum and on half on my shoulder and I ended up screeching like a little girl just as a gaggle of tourists walked by. It wasn’t a good look. Nosiree.
If you got into a fight and you could have a superhero by your side, what superhero would you have?
Pucca. C’mon now, you know she’d win. Ka-POW!
If you had a super power what would it be and why?
Immortality so I could travel the world and never stop. Sweeeeeeeeet!
Dude, that’s a boring super power! Come up with something more va-va-voom!
Okay, the ability to bounce. Falling off walls or wiping out at gymnastics or landing on a rock while snowboarding really, really sucks. Bouncing back would put a smile on my face.
Bouncing? That’s the best super power you could come up with? That’s rubbish, come up with something else!
No. Now stop asking me silly questions.
How’d you get into writing?
I used to write all the time as a kid. Creative writing and poetry was my thing and I always did well in competitions…then I hit my teens and academia went out the window. I travelled the world, got into all sorts of mischief then returned to writing with a vengence at twenty-eight. My love for creative writing reignited burnt my eyebrows off and sunk it’s talons into my soul and stuck with me ever since.
Where have you travelled to?
Oh my gosh, you can never travel to enough places and the places that you have travelled to never remain the same. Everywhere is exciting and I my feet always itch with a desire to see what’s around the corner or what’s laying over the horizon. India, Nepal, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Puerto Rico, United States, Canada, France, Holland, Morrocco, Scotland, Wales, Italy, Spain and Portugal.
What’s your favourite place to travel to?
That’s a toughie. I love Thailand; it’s beautiful like nowhere else. India is truly unique and has so much to offer; from desert, to Himalaya, to jungle, ruined cities, holy cities, inland lagoons, lush landscapes, beautiful coasts and a culture rich with heritage that makes it hard to match. And Nepal with its mountains that tear at the skies and cities that ring with Buddhist chants. You know what? I don’t think I’ve travelled enough of the world to put my fingers on a favourite place to travel. Let me stumble around for another forty years and you can ask me then.
What’s your worst place to travel to?
Morrocco. I’ve never had such misfortune, or had my bags rifled through so often, or been harassed or cheated as much as in Morrocco. And to add insult to injury there was no wind in Essaouira (a coastal town famous for winds) when I wanted to go windsurfing and kitesurfing and when I went sandboarding in the Sahara desert it rained so hard that my tent collapsed beneath the weight of water and the roads grew flooded so I had to wade through chest high water back to the airport. Grumble-grumble-sulk*
What’s the best thing that’s happened to you on your travels?
Ah, that’s a toughie. Watching the sun set on Mount Everest, or seeing the sun rise over the Ganges at Varanasi or surviving my first fight in Thailand or catching that oh so sweet powder run off piste while snowboarding. Too many good memories lol
What’s the worst thing that’s happened to you on your travels?
Getting cheated/mugged by two taxi drivers in Mumbai and clinging onto the car while they tried to drive off with my bags.
What sports do you do?
Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee sports, love them! Parkour, gymnastics, Muay Thai, snowboarding, dance and anything adrenaline based that I can sink my grubby little fingers into.
What gymnastic moves can you do?
To be honest, not many. I was a late starter and didn’t get into gymnastics until my mid-twenties. Back flicks, back tucks, somersault off the wall, somersault to face plant, , front tucks, barrel rolls, round-off to back flick variations, more faceplants and some other funky stuff…and of course some more faceplants.
Where do you do Parkour?
Well I live in London so…everywhere lol.
What if I want to learn Parkour? Where should I go?
Go and check out Parkour Generations. Their coaches are awesome; they’re not only great practioners but great teachers. Parkour Generations do beginners classes regularly throughout the week and at different locations too.
What kind of music are you into?
Bigbeats, breakbeats, Hip Hop, RnB and Jazz. (I’m not necessarily into commercial Hip Hop or RnB. I find big label/manufactured music to be uninspired and um…cheesy.)