Knack Writer Profile: Indigo Trail

Indigo is currently at ANU; she is solemnly studying things like Star Wars and violent baroque painting while simultaneously balancing her overzealous investment in memes, coffee and bizarre trivia. She is extremely fond of chocolate sultanas, memorising as many obscure words as possible and declaring loudly that she will fight people over their opinions on fiction. Her crowning achievement continues to be tweaking the wikipedia page on North Canberra to sound like an episode of Game of Thrones, but she also writes and reviews regularly for BMA Magazine.

Why do you write?
It's a mix of reasons, but mostly because I like to understand things that are external to myself. Words have a very unique ability to take as much of a complete, cohesive thought as possible and deposit it, verbatim, in the head of another person and for me, that really is the most magnetic thing about writing. Personally, I don't have that mystical compulsion writers often talk about - that feeling they get right in their gut that says if I do not write I will go mad. I definitely don't have that, but that might be because I'm already a bit mad. I think everyone is. Writing is just a way for me to try and decipher that madness, that eccentricity, that mercurial side - I want to deconstruct that and build it up again.

How would you describe your work?
A real conglomeration of whatever happens to inspire me. It's very slippery - it changes every week. If I've been watching too much 30 Rock (again) I'll want to write mildly offensive jokes and ridiculous characters; if I've been reading about fairytales, I'll want to write something about why 'once upon a time' is such a ubiquitous but overlooked phrase. It's a real patchwork of catalysts and ideas.

What's your party trick?
I am a human IMDb.

What are you looking forward to in 2015?
Memorising as many collective nouns as I can and firing them off when least expected. I just think it's a total travesty the phrase 'a sneer of butlers' isn't known to all.