TONY SINGLE: Tell us a little bit about yourself?
TETIANA ALEKSINA: Next question please. Can you ask something more important?
TS: Of course. Have you ever been tipped by a cow?
TA: No. But I have been licked by a ram.
TA: Yep. I was very little. An infant. My parents carried me in a pram past a farm. And I… hmmm… well, I pooed. My mum laid me on the grass and started to fiddle with dirty diapers. And a ram walked to me and sniffed me. And then started to lick me. When my mother saw this, she was shocked and frightened. But I laughed. It’s pretty ticklish when a ram licks your bare ass, you know.
TS: Exciting! What do you want to be when you grow up?
TA: A child.
TS: Are you a group person or a loner?
TA: A loner, without doubts. Life often pushes me ahead and forces me to be a leader. I have to do this, but reluctantly.
TS: How would your friends describe you?
TA: ‘You’re on the way to becoming an alien being.’
TS: What made you decide to learn English?
TA: What made you ask such a silly question? About 55% sites on the internet in English. About 30% of the world population speak English. It’s a chance to reach and to be reached. To hear and to be heard. It’s a chance to connect with the world. Well… the main reason, honestly? English is much more easy than Chinese.
TS: You get to travel anywhere. Where and why?
TA: There’s nothing more marvelous, frightening and tantalising than your inner Universe. Are you brave enough to meet the real you?
TS: What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten?
TA: Many of our traditional recipes can look weird or even shocking for foreigners. Kangaroo balls.
TS: Tish pshaw! Not a big deal. I eat those every day.
TA: Russian Blood Candy. I eat those often.
TS: What the fuck?!
TA: So, what do you call ‘strange’?
TS: Something that looks totally weird and not at all edible.
TA: I think every child ate such things. I loved to chew paper.
TS: Tell us the last joke you heard?
TA: ‘I know an ideal solution.’ I laughed so hard. Though, I suppose, I was the only one who found this statement funny… One of my colleagues said this.
TS: You’re God for a day. What do you do?
TA: I abolish the job description, ‘God’.
TS: Is it better to die or to live for eternity?
TA: Well.. death looks like an egotistical choice, an alibi for doing nothing. You can change nothing when you are dead. ‘Well, guys, I’m dead, what do you want from me, bastards? I’m busy. I feed worms…’
Honestly? I would prefer to live. I would prefer to live and do my fucking best. I would prefer to change this old rotten world instead of rot on my own.
TS: Why do you write?
TA: It’s my way to keep my sanity and not roll into the deep. Kinda my safety valve, yeah?
TS: Do you have a favourite book?
TA: Yes, I have. It’s the book you and I are writing now.