How do you fight writer’s block?
Deadlines usually proffer a swift solution! Apart from that, I begin by pumping up the music and grooving around – nothing beats physical activity to kick-start inspiration. If that fails, I take to the grass – no, not the smokin’ kind – and simply lie flat on my back and watch the passing clouds. I love being barefoot on the grass, feeling the sun on my face and breeze through my hair.
How do you manage travel assignments with your personal life?
I’m lucky to have family and friends (I keep my circle very, very small) who understand my frequent absences and don’t make me feel guilty about it. They know I’m a free spirit…However, instinct tells me I’ll be less inclined to travel quite so much when fate takes me to my next ‘destination’. Watch this space.
What are some of your most cherished travel memories?
Lying in bed, during a tropical Indian downpour, and simply listening to the rain cascading around me…Making sand angels on a secluded beach in the Seychelles…Cuddling a baby wombat in Tasmania (Australia)…Hanging out with Sufis and road-tripping in Pakistan…I could go on forever!
Which country fascinates you most and why?
India. Because every visit brings me closer to the Answer. My Motherland has been tremendously kind and generous to me. I deeply value her guidance. A close second is Italy. I’ve not yet been there but, for some reason, ever since I was a child I’ve felt incredibly drawn to her. I want to make sure I do Italy ‘right’ so am still waiting until the ‘right’ moment arrives. I’ll intuitively know when it does…
What message would you like to convey to Blogcritics readers?
Life is to be lived! Don’t chase shadowy ‘concepts’ of happiness in the draughty corridors of your mind. Make happiness happen!