Why is writing important to you and why do you think it's an important medium for the world? Writing is my breath. It is how I breathe out my creativity and express it with the world. Writing is a very important medium for the world because multiple voices express varied information, opinions and visions, through the written world. Stories matter to our world view and personal experience.

What are your tried and tested remedies to cure writer's block? English Breakfast tea with honey, natural incense and candles.

What is your favorite time to write? I love to write from 8 a.m. until noon. If my inspiration carries on, after lunch, I continue the rest of the afternoon. I seldom write at night.

What's the best piece of writing advice you've ever received and would like to impart to other writers? Sleep on it--don't send anything (written) out until you've reread it with fresh eyes, in the morning.

What excites you most about being a writer in today's age? Storytelling today, matters more than it ever did. People need to be transported to different times, experiences and ways of life to get their minds off the virus and the fear, as well as isolation, it has unleashed.

Stephanie Rose Bird's Out of the Blue is out now with One Odd Bird Press.