Last month, I had the pleasure of interviewing the lovely and amazing Lauren of An Organized Life. You can read that post here. Now, I am thrilled to share with you five questions with Fiona Ferris of How to Be Chic. Although, technically there are six questions here, since Fiona was kind enough to answer a “bonus” question about her upcoming plans.
If you don’t know Fiona, I encourage you to check out her lovely blog or one of her books. Fiona writes about fine living from her home in Aukland, New Zealand. After reading her responses to my questions, I felt sure that Fiona and I could be great friends if only we lived closer. However, I suspect that she is the type of person whose thoughtful and generous nature makes everyone want to be her friend. I hope you enjoy reading Fiona’s responses!
Five Questions with Fiona Ferris
1. Do you ever have writer’s block or feel “stuck”? If so, what do you do to get “unstuck” so that your creative energy starts flowing again?
I read an interview with Jackie Collins a while back, and she said she didn’t have ‘writer’s block’, she had ‘getting to the desk block’ which I thought was such a great description, because sometimes I feel like that too. My mind is constantly overflowing with ideas and I adore writing when I am doing it, but there is sometimes a small gap between those two things which could be ‘getting to the desk block’. When I can’t get going, I just start writing and let the words flow. It doesn’t matter if the beginning is a little clunky or what I am writing about changes into something else. What needs to come out, comes out and the editing will tidy it up later. The more often I write, the easier it is, so there must be a lesson in that.
2. If you could give any advice to yourself at age 21, what would it be?
Be yourself and know yourself. Since that age, I’ve found out so much about how I work best, how I want to live, and who I want to surround myself with. I married my first husband young, and can only thank him for dumping me on the eve of my thirtieth birthday because I then truly had the time and space to please ME. I wouldn’t change anything about the past though, because it all led me to meeting the perfect guy for me at 32, being where I am today and I couldn’t be happier or more grateful for my life. Maybe I would have advised to focus on good habits sooner, but you’ve got to have fun in life and make a few mistakes along the way, don’t you?
3. What is one thing you think or believe that you think is different from what most people think or believe? Or, What’s one thing that surprises people about you?
I had to really think about this one. I asked my husband while I was procrastinating, and he said that I am the only spiritual person he knows. No-one else in his life talks about the Universe, for example. He also said that no-one he knows studies personal development like I do. So there’s that. I am open to new ideas and ways of living. I study the art of living well a lot and am always looking for ways to be happier and more content at the same time as striving to achieve more. I take what life give me and make my own success. For example, I changed pretty easily from the idea of ‘I’ll have kids when I grow up’ to not having children, because it just didn’t happen for us. Some days I wonder what it would have been like to be a mum, but 99.9% of the time I am blissfully happy with my lot and feel like I am the luckiest girl in the world. And I haven’t even started dressing my cats in clothes yet, but I did carry our elderly rescue poodle around in a Baby Bjorn once.
4. Where’s one place you’d like to travel and why?
Well, Paris of course, because it’s such a beautiful city full of elegance and inspiration. But if it’s somewhere I haven’t been before, I choose New York City. I know there are many natural wonders around the world, but because I was born and have always lived in New Zealand, home of stunning scenery, it is big cities that fascinate me because we don’t have many of them here. I can’t wait to travel to NYC one day soon(ish).
5. If you had to pick any character in a book, movie or TV show who is most similar to you, who would you choose? Why?
Off the top of my head I can’t think of any character that is most similar to me, but I have always been inspired by Gwyneth Paltrow in movies. I especially love her in Sliding Doors and have watched that movie a number of times. It used to be current-day viewing, but now it is glorious nineties nostalgia along with a fun storyline which never grows old to me.
You recently released your latest book, Thirty Slim Days. Congratulations! Do you know what you’ll work on next? Or are there any passion projects you’re pursuing?
Thank you! I have a couple of book ideas that I am looking at and starting to draft chapter outlines. One is on relationships, one is about making your home a nurturing sanctuary and I also am thinking of Thirty More Chic Days. In between books I do this and note down a lot of ideas, then I focus on one book and settle into writing it. In addition, I am putting together information to help others write and publish their first book, because I have had a lot of questions from ladies wanting to find out how I have done it. I am definitely keen to share all my secrets and assist other women transition from jobs to working from home, which is as blissful as it sounds.
Thank you, Fiona!
Fiona writes about living a simple, beautiful and successful life, at http://howtobechic.com. She is the bestselling author of both Kindle and paperback books on Amazon, including:
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