:: the writer ::

The Basics

+ My full name is Aeryn Eliza Brown, and my nicknames are Ezza and Ez.

+ Ezza is the typical nickname in Australia for girls and women named Erin. This is in keeping with the Australian habit of shortening first names, despite the name Erin and the nickname Ezza being composed of four letters apiece. Ez is the short form of my main nickname, used to sign comments I post on LiveJournal and Dreamwidth, along with the odd email.

+ I’m 33 years old. I was born on June 5 1984.
+ I was born in Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia, in a suburb called Warrawong, and currently live just a couple of suburbs away in Berkeley.
+ I am severely nearsighted, to the point where without my glasses I am unable to see clearly beyond a few inches in front of my face, and have worn glasses to correct my sight since the end of September 1990.
+ I am a dual Australian-British citizen – Australian because my mother is Australian and because I was born here, and British by descent owing to my father and my paternal grandparents being from the United Kingdom.
+ I identify as a biromantic asexual – I am capable of romantic attraction toward men and women, but not sexual.
+ I am an atheist, and have identified as such since January 2000.
+ I am mentally ill - I have major depressive disorder (diagnosed September 2011) and social anxiety disorder (diagnosed May 2007). I am currently taking antidepressants to treat both illnesses.
+ I am a graduate of the University of Technology Sydney - I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Communication with a major of Information and Media, qualifying me as a librarian. My eventual career goal is to become a research librarian.
+ I am an avid photographer, and own three cameras – a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH1 compact digital, a Canon EOS 1100D DSLR and a Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 instant camera. I also use my mobile phone, a Samsung Galaxy S5, for photography on occasion.

The chick behind the fiction

Favourites

Music

+ My favourite genres are rock and punk.
+ My favourite bands are 30 Seconds To Mars, Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance, Sheppard, Imagine Dragons, CHVRCHES, Lacuna Coil, Walk The Moon, Birds Of Tokyo, 1927, Pendulum, John Butler Trio, Muse, Green Day, Bluejuice, Snow Patrol, Nickelback, Good Charlotte, Pearl Jam, OneRepublic, Hanson, Bon Jovi, Queen, INXS, Evanescence, Linkin Park, Scissor Sisters, Nirvana, The Offspring, Powderfinger and The Smashing Pumpkins.
+ My favourite singers are Sarah McLachlan, Billy Joel, Ladyhawke, Jimmy Barnes, John Farnham, Natalie Merchant, Josh Groban, David Bowie, Tori Amos, Shannon Noll, Kelly Clarkson, John Mellencamp, Bruce Springsteen and Kasey Chambers.
+ My favourite songs are Forever Lately (Vertigo), Follow Your Lead (Hanson), Brave (Josh Groban), Desert Dressed In Lights (Porcelain), Getta Kick (Diesel), Finale B (Cast of Rent), Instant Karma (We All Shine On) (John Lennon), Closer To The Edge (30 Seconds To Mars), Misty Mountain Hop (pondlife), Everybody Hurts (R.E.M.), Always And Ever (Southern Sons), Elvis (I Remember) (The Screaming Jets), Defying Gravity (Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth, from Wicked), Signal Fire (Snow Patrol), The Resolution (Jack’s Mannequin), Rain (Dragon), Stupid (Sarah McLachlan), Hold On (Wilson Phillips), Love The One You’re With (The Chantoozies), Lay Down (Candles In The Rain) (Max Sharam), Liberty Bell (Noiseworks), Where The River Flows (Collective Soul), Don’t Dream It’s Over (Crowded House), The Anthem (Good Charlotte), Little By Little (Abi Tucker), Peacemaker (Green Day), America’s Suitehearts (Fall Out Boy), Zydrate Anatomy (from Repo! The Genetic Opera), Tell Me A Story (1927), Right Here, Right Now (Jesus Jones), Won’t Keep A Good Girl Down (Marie Wilson), The Others (Birds Of Tokyo) and Parachute (Train).
+ My favourite albums are Love Lust Faith + Dreams (30 Seconds To Mars), Anthem (Hanson), Bombs Away (Sheppard), No Fixed Address (Nickelback), 21st Century Breakdown (Green Day), Immersion (Pendulum), Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys (My Chemical Romance), A Thousand Suns (Linkin Park), Ceremonials (Florence + The Machine) and American Beauty/American Psycho (Fall Out Boy).

TV and Film

+ My favourite genres are cyberpunk, animation, fantasy, science fiction, thriller, comedy, action and anime.
+ My favourite actors are Robert Downey Jr., Jared Leto, Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles, and my favourite actresses are Scarlett Johansson, Rebecca Gibney, Keira Knightley and Jennifer Lawrence.
+ My favourite TV shows are Supernatural, Sherlock, Whose Line Is It Anyway Australia, Doctor Who, Archer, Good Game, The Last Leg, Dollhouse, Life On Mars, Death Note, Insektors, QI, Hetalia: Axis Powers, Terra Nova, Sanctuary, Charmed, Dark Angel, Downton Abbey, The Big Bang Theory, Mythbusters, Farscape, Firefly, Torchwood, Red Dwarf, Moonlight, South Park, The Simpsons, Prison Break, Spicks And Specks, Futurama, Family Guy, Aqua Teen Hunger Force and Fraggle Rock.
+ My favourite films are The Hunger Games, Rent, Tangled, Guardians Of The Galaxy, Pacific Rim, Big Hero 6, The Avengers, Alice In Wonderland, Repo! The Genetic Opera, He Died With A Felafel In His Hand, Despicable Me, Red Dog, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Happy Feet, Van Helsing, V For Vendetta, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, The Fifth Element, The Craft, The Crow, The Breakfast Club, St. Trinian’s, Moulin Rouge, The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl, Lilo And Stitch, Finding Nemo, Constantine, Spirited Away, Bicentennial Man, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Little Nicky, The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, WALL-E and Charlie And The Chocolate Factory.
+ My favourite directors are Alex Proyas, Chris Columbus and Tim Burton.
+ My favourite film soundtracks are Rent, The Nightmare Before Christmas and Repo! The Genetic Opera.

Literature

+ My favourite genres are science fiction, fantasy, dystopian fiction, post-apocalyptic, historical fiction and non-fiction.
+ My favourite books are The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy (Douglas Adams), Across the Universe (Beth Revis), The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins), Divergent (Veronica Roth), The Unusual Life Of Tristan Smith (Peter Carey), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (J.K. Rowling), The Case of the Vanishing Corpse (Kel Richards), The Ocean At The End Of The Lane (Neil Gaiman), House Of Leaves (Mark Z. Danielewski), Artemis Fowl and the Last Guardian (Eoin Colfer), The Little White Horse (Elizabeth Goudge), To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee) and Jennifer Government (Max Barry).
+ My favourite authors are Douglas Adams, J.K. Rowling, Neil Gaiman, Eoin Colfer, Beth Revis and Max Barry.

Other Entertainment

+ My favourite comedians are Danny Bhoy, Tim Minchin, Tripod, Kitty Flanagan, Fiona O’Loughlin, Judith Lucy, Hannah Gadsby, David Strassman, Cal Wilson, Eddie Perfect, Eddie Izzard, Kevin Bloody Wilson, Wil Anderson, Scared Weird Little Guys, Adam Hills, Paul McDermott, Tom Gleeson, Mick Meredith, Billy Connolly, Carl Barron, The Umbilical Brothers and Dave Hughes.
+ My favourite video games are Wii Party, Epic Mickey, Dark Cloud, Mario Kart Wii, Spyro: Enter The Dragonfly, Cooking Mama 3, Animal Crossing: New Leaf and Phantasy Star Zero.
+ My favourite computer games are Fallen Earth, Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines, Spiral Knights, Bejeweled Twist, Machinarium, The Sims 2 and The Sims 3.
+ My favourite musicals are Rent, Avenue Q and Chicago.
+ My favourite sports teams are the Sydney Roosters, the NSW Blues (both rugby league) and the Illawarra Hawks (basketball).

Hanson Favourites

Album: Anthem
Songs

Overall: Follow Your Lead
Boomerang: Lonely Boy, Don’t Accuse and The Love You Save
MMMBop: Soldier and River
Middle Of Nowhere: Speechless, Where’s The Love, Yearbook and I Will Come To You
Snowed In: Christmas Time and Silent Night Medley
3 Car Garage: Soldier and River
Live From Albertane: Ever Lonely
This Time Around: This Time Around, Dying To Be Alive, Sure About It and A Song To Sing
Underneath Acoustic: Penny & Me, Love Somebody To Know and This Time Around
Underneath: Dancin’ In The Wind, Penny & Me, Lost Without Each Other, Get Up And Go, Crazy Beautiful and Believe
Live & Electric: Optimistic, In A Little While and Penny & Me
The Walk: Great Divide, Been There Before, Georgia, Blue Sky, Tearing It Down, Something Going Round and Your Illusion
Middle Of Nowhere Acoustic: Yearbook
Take The Walk EP: Follow Your Lead and Hope It Comes Soon
Strong Enough To Break: Wake Up, Let You Go, My Own Sweet Time and Out Of My Head
Stand Up, Stand Up EP: These Walls, Waiting For This and World’s On Fire
Shout It Out: Waiting For This, Thinkin’ ‘Bout Somethin’, Carry You There, Give A Little, And I Waited, These Walls and Me Myself & I
The Best Of 5: I Will Come To You, This Time Around, Lost Without Each Other, Great Divide, Thinkin’ ‘Bout Somethin’, and Give A Little
Facing The Blank Page: Get Out Of My Heart, Sonny Get Your Gun and Sunny Day
No Sleep For Banditos: Be My Own and Chasing Down My Dreams
Anthem: Fired Up, You Can’t Stop Us, Get The Girl Back, Juliet, Already Home, Lost Without You, Tragic Symphony and Tonight
The Sound Of Light: Call Out My Name, Rollercoaster Love and The Sound Of Light
Music Made For Humans: Show Me The Way and Panic In The Streets
Inside The Box: Grace Unknown
Loud: Stop Me In My Tracks and No Rest For The Weary
Play: Man On Top and Feeling Alive
In Color: Somebody That Wants To Love You, Reach Out For My Hand and I Don't Want To Go Home
Non-Album/EP: Wondering Why, Cried, Every Word I Say, We All Know and I’ve Been Down
Covers: Livin’ On A Prayer (Bon Jovi), Never Been To Spain (Three Dog Night), Desire (U2), Optimistic (Radiohead), Magic Carpet Ride (Steppenwolf), In A Little While (U2), The Love You Save (Jackson 5) and Long Train Runnin’ (The Doobie Brothers)

Music videos: Thinkin’ ‘Bout Somethin’, Lost Without Each Other, Penny & Me, I Will Come To You and This Time Around