ILLUMINATION Writers

Interview with Roxanna Azimy

Featuring creative writers of ILLUMINATION

Dr Mehmet Yildiz
Jun 3, 2020 · 13 min read
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Tell us a bit about your background, Roxanna.

I’m half English and half Iranian freelance writer specialised in human welfare, health, ethics, and psychology. I’m also currently Communications Director for the European Future Forum (EFF) and editor of Euro Babble.

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Photo courtesy of Roxanna Azimy

Why do you write on Medium?

I only started writing on Medium in February 2020. I was just starting my freelance writing journey and already had articles published for a few external publications — such as Euro Babble, Italics Magazine, Selfish Darling, and Thrive Global — but I felt that the issues I liked to write about had been somehow sectioned off into distinct boxes. I felt like I was living as several personas! But they were all me.

What are your values as a writer?

Above all, I write the kinds of articles that I like to read myself. Pieces that intend to be thought-provoking and that discuss something topical but from a fresh perspective. I like to write articles to challenge existing beliefs and attitudes on sociopolitical issues as well as topics related to psychology, productivity, and self-improvement — but I don’t mean to enforce my own views. If anything, you often can’t tell my own opinions or beliefs behind the article, as this isn’t usually the reason why I write! Rather, I like to discuss the perspectives that are out there and how they compare or could be interpreted. And that goes for both the big political issues and the smaller, more intimate ones.

What are the top three books that affected your life?

Another difficult question! But here are three that came straight to my mind for different reasons:

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What are your hobbies?

Needless to say, reading and writing are up there! But I also thoroughly enjoy drawing and painting — especially portraits. I also practice oriental dancing and enjoy cooking vegan food, traveling (under normal circumstances, at least…), and getting out close to nature and/or animals whenever possible. I have spent my adult life living between capital cities — London, Paris, and then Brussels — but I was raised in the countryside and this still shows!

Why did you join ILLUMINATION and how do you find it so far?

I found out about ILLUMINATION in its early days. Thank you for leaving a supportive note on an article I self-published. Your note helped me find your publication which was a good fit for me —of course, I gladly joined.

Who are the top ten writers you follow on ILLUMINATION?

I enjoy reading content from new writers all the time — but these are a few ILLUMINATION names that I end up going back to time and time again: Erin King, Aurora Eliam, CMP, Bill Abbate, Jezebel, Gurpreet Dhariwal, Amy Cottreau, René Junge, Mario Lopez-Goicoechea, Francesco Biz, and Henery X (long).

What are your top five stories that you want to share with your audience and why?

This was my very first Medium article, and discusses an often-deemed controversial topic that I think is a lot more relevant than both men and women often give it credit. This isn’t just a “women’s article.” It’s about letting both women and men know that those personality traits labeled (rightly or wrongly) as more feminine, are not a sign of weakness and should not be stamped out in the name of so-called feminism. This only reinforces the idea that both women and men must behave a certain way to be taken seriously or be successful.

What are the success factors for you as a writer on Medium?

For me, it all started as a way to express myself — and in that respect, I have been successful from day one. That being said, more engagement — and of course, income — is always welcome! I simply strive to do a little better and reach a little further every month. But if I learn and connect with other writers along the way, then that’s more than enough to make me want to keep going!

What do you recommend to the new writers on ILLUMINATION?

The ILLUMINATION team is very supportive and I love how we all have such different backgrounds, areas of expertise, and lives, meaning that we collectively produce such a huge range of content. It has opened me up to many other genres and perspectives, and I hope that I have also been able to provide that for others.

What are your future plans as a writer?

Now writing for clients on a freelance basis as well as keeping going with my Medium portfolio, I try to take on as big a range of projects as possible and to blog about the new ideas and experiences I gather along the way.

Other Interviews

You may also check other interviews I conducted with inspiring writers of ILLUMINATION recently. These stories can provide a great opportunity to know more about our creative writers and connect with them.

Timothy Key

Desiree Driesenaar

Holly Jahangiri

Dr John Rose

Ming Qian

P.G. Barnett

Jill Ebstein

Bill Abbate

Terry Mansfield

Ann K Frailey

Woei T

Charles Roast

Julia E Hubbel

Aric D Mayer

Chris Hedges

Paroma Sen

Jeff Hanlon

Besom & Bletherskite

Sherry McGuinn

Maïa Belart

Henery X (long)

Chowa Sekai

conny manero

Sumera Rizwan

Sylvia Love Johnson

Kevin Buddaeus

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Technologist/Cognitive Scientist empowering writers. Founder of ILLUMINATION curating & amplifying important messages. Connection: https://digitalmehmet.com

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We curate and disseminate outstanding articles from diverse domains and disciplines to create fusion and synergy.

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