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Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?

A. Collecting experiences like a magpie collects gems

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Always question everything. If a sign says KEEP OUT - then go in!

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. I don't think it exists. The feeling that comes closest? Taking your first sip of cold water after being parched all day.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Pitch darkness! And looking back with regret.

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. With the man I love. It doesn't matter where...

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. Nelson Mandela

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. "Oh dear" , "shut up" and "are you serious?!"

Q. What do you regret most?

A. Are you trying to play on my greatest fear?

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. Breathing underwater.

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. Um, I'm still in my twenties - I hope I haven't achieved it yet!

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. Self-criticism.

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. Empathy.

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. When you first meet me? Sarcasm. When you know me better? Perceptiveness.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Dorothea Brooke in Middlemarch. She's flawed and impulsive, ambitious, idealistic, vulnerable and romantic.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Iago. The ultimate smooth-tongued schemer.

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. Shakespeare. I'd say, "how did you do it???"

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. Bad spelling. I'm a spelling freak.

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Humor. Curiosity. Intelligence.

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. Oysters and caviar. Duh.

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. Impossible! But today I've been listening to Jungle Drum by Emiliana Torrini on repeat... I'll probably be sick of it by tomorrow.

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