What sound or noise do you love? Hate?
I love the sound of the ocean waves crashing against the shore, and the sound of my children laughing. And silence, I love it when there's not a sound at all and it's only me and my thoughts, those are the times I write poetry and nothing else in the world matters.
I don't like the sound of people clapping, especially in crowds, and the sound of people chewing with their mouth open drives me crazy.
What is your idea of earthly happiness?
To live in harmony with nature, to feel the earth beneath my feet and sun upon my face and to be free from the constraints of society. I believe happiness is so much more than having things, it doesn't come from possessions or other people, it comes from within.
I would have to say, my mum, because if it wasn't for her bravery, I wouldn't be here today living this wonderful life. I also think anyone who stands tall in the face of adversity is a hero, especially those who go above and beyond to advocate for the rights of those who don't have a voice, or whose voices have been silenced.
Who is your favorite artist (writer, painter, musician, poet, etc.)?
I have loved Shakespeare since I was thirteen years old and read Romeo and Juliet, then when I was around fifteen I read A Midsummer Night's Dream. I also love Edgar Allen Poe, Robert Frost, Sylvia Plath, Dante Alighieri, Henry Lawson, and Dorothy Mackellar, Oh, I have so many more. My favourtie artists are Da Vinci, Van Gough, Monet, Rembrandt, Degas, Frida Kahlo, Tom Roberts, Arthur Streeton, Michelangelo, and Auguste Rodin.
How would you like to die?
Without pain, with dignity, and in my sleep.
What is your present state of mind?
I'm caught somewhere between chaos and serenity. As a new author, I've put my words, that I've held onto for so many years, on display and it's quite terrifying to know the world can now see them. At times I want to take them all back and hide them away from prying eyes, but on the other hand, I feel a sense of accomplishment and I'm proud of the fact that I've let go of my fear and taken that leap of faith. It's a wonderful thing to be able to finally say, "I did it!"
Oh, I have so many.
The first would be, "What if I fall? Oh, but my darling, what if you fly?" by Erin Hanson.
Another one is, "I never want to go back to how I didn't feel before." by Payne Hawthorne.
I have both of those quotes tattooed on myself.
And my favourite quote that I've written is, "Through pain and turmoil, courageous hearts are born," It reminds me that the pain of my past and the death of my mum and the turmoil surrounding that have given me the strength to go on. I have risen from the ashes and have finally found the courage I've been searching for.
What is your favorite word? Least favorite?
I have so many favourite words, many of those I use in my poetry but if I had to choose one it would be, Ephemeral, it reminds me of life, love and death, and that nothing lasts forever.
My least favourite word is, Hate, and although the word itself isn't responsible, hate has caused so much pain and sorrow in the world.
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