Date of Birth: 1988
Main Occupations: Writer and Journalist
What made you want to become a writer?
I actually fell into it. I had initially planned to be a scriptwriter, but fate had other plans in store for me, and I ended up reading for a degree in Media & Culture at Kingston University and ended up becoming a writer and journalist!
Who are your local and foreign inspirations?
Locally, my inspirations are Peter Apap Bologna and Jo Caruana, because apart from being talented, they believed in me and gave me a chance to cultivate my writing skills. As for foreign inspirations, Alexandra Shulman, who is the editor-in-chief of the British edition of Vogue. I love the magazine and I admire her strong stance on certain social issues. I also admire Beth Brewster, who is the Head of Department of Publishing and Journalism at Kingston University. She was my lecturer for three years and she had definitely influenced my style!
Who is your favourite author?
This question is really difficult to answer because I have so many. Cliché as it might sound, J.K. Rowling, who was one of the first authors who got me into reading, and Diane Satterfield, who’s the author of the amazing book The Thirteenth Tale. I also like the subjects that Kate Mosse (the author not the model) tackles in her books.
Which is your favourite book?
The Thirteenth Tale – it’s one of those books that stick with you. I still talk about it to this day, despite the fact that I had read the book quite a few years ago!
If you were stranded on a desert island, which 6 inanimate things would you take with you and why? No gadgets, please!
1. A Casella Moscato – I just love this wine!
2. My bottle of Gucci Pour Homme, which a friend of mine had given me. I only wear this on special occasions, so I’d need it for when I get rescued!
3. A Swiss knife with integrated corkscrew…for the Casella!
4. A good book, but I’ve yet to decide which.
5. The lyrics to all of Taylor Swift’s songs – I’m a die-hard Swifty!
6. A lighter, so I’d be able to light a fire.
Apart from being articulate and opinionated, you are also an avid follower of the latest trends and all things designer. Tell us more…
I’ve always loved putting outfits together, but more than fashion, I’d say I’m into style, which one gets from wearing the latest trends according to their personal taste. I also have no problem wearing items from past seasons. I still have shirts from when I was 16, and I still like wearing them. I also believe in supporting local designers because they have amazing, high quality products, and also because I think they’re ingenious in the way they create them. I love how, while keeping in line with foreign designers, their creations manage to follow their trends whilst still giving them a local twist.
Could you give me 3 strengths and 3 weaknesses about your character?
I believe I’m hard-working and genuine, and friends have also told me that I’m a good listener. As for the weaknesses, I tend to be shy at times, and I have an addictive personality. For example, if I like a place, I’ll religiously keep going to it. I am also sometimes easily offended.
Do you collect anything?
YES! Where do I start? I collect books – I have around 935 of them! I collect magazines, stamps, coins and tin cans, like the old OXO cube cans. Yep, I tend to be somewhat of a hoarder.
What angers you the most?
Politics, a lack of common sense and, above all, people who lack empathy.
What are the things you cannot live without?
My Blackberry phone, carbonara (that stuff is to die for!), food and historical documentaries.
Which is the worst fashion faux pas: socks and sandals, Crocs or leggings worn as trousers?
They’re all bad, but Crocs are, with a doubt, the worst.
Being a graduate in Media, it must be asked of you – Reality TV Shows: Yay or nay?
Yay. I love them. I know this sounds crazy, but you can learn a lot from them. Some of them are crap, granted, but others are interesting, despite the undeniable superficiality. What it gives you, which is perception and not reality, is a glimpse into other people’s lives. But let’s call a spade a spade – it’s ultimately a train-wreck you just can’t look away from.
What is your favourite music genre?
Which is you favourite song?
My all time favourite tune is That I Would Be Good by Alanis Morissette.
The ultimate question – boxers or briefs?
Briefs all the way. Boxers should only be confined to a ring!