Questions asked by secretshipper. Because Nick Clegg is a slut
1. When did you discover slash fiction, and what was your initial reaction?
I think I first properly discovered slash fiction when I entered the Merlin fandom. I'd known about it previously from other fandoms (eg. Harry Potter) but had ignored it until then. Upon discovering Merlin slash, I was at first a little weirded out, but eventually I ended up reading so much that I grew comfortable with it, and then began to actively enjoy it. I began to squee over slashy parts in Merlin episodes, and then started noticing slash pairings in other fandoms (eg. Valjean/Javert in Les Miserables, Thornclaw/Spiderleg in Warriors).
The exception was Sherlock Holmes. When I first read them, the books gave me the firm impression that Holmes and Watson were clearly in love, and I still ship them heavily to this day.
2. Do you consider any one book to be your favourite, and why?
I'm a bibliophile. From the age of seven to about twelve, I pretty much worshipped the Harry Potter books. Then I read 'The Sight' by David Clement-Davies and 'The Lost World' by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, both of which are still top favourites of mine. As I grew older I added more collections to my favourites list, including the Warriors series by Erin Hunter, Sherlock Holmes, The Shapeshifter series by Ali Sparkes, Les Miserables, and many more. I'm unable to choose between them, because they are all tell such amazing, wonderful stories.
3. If you could have a conversation with any historical figure, alive or dead, who would it be and what would you ask them?
...this is probably the toughest question here. I'd dearly love to meet Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and discuss his spiritual beliefs (as well as the obvious question of whether Holmes and Watson were lovers or not).
4. What is your favourite non-alcoholic drink?
I'm not a big fan of alcohol to begin with, so that's good :) I might have to go with caramel milkshake, like the ones they have in Australia, which are rich and creamy and sooo good to drink on a hot day...
5. Is there any piece of music that makes you cry no matter if you are happy or sad?
There's two songs in particular that never fail to make me cry. The first is 'Bring Him Home' from Les Miserables. I always end up in crying after listening to it - which is why, even though it's on my ipod, I barely listen to it in public. It's just so beautiful. The second is 'The Prayer' by... I'm not sure. But it was my Grandma's funeral song, and it reminds me so strongly of her that I can't listen to it without ending up in floods of tears.
Two songs that I listen to often, and always effect me emotionally, are 'Run' by Snow Patrol and 'Shattered' by Trading Yesterday.