Two years ago, a wee Irish lass wandered into our office to ask about writing positions. Her confidence sold us, as did her Bachelor of Arts majoring in Professional Writing, Editing and Public Relations from Swinburne University of Technology, and since then Yazmine Lomax’s interviews with fascinating Peninsula residents have featured in Mornington Peninsula Magazine’s In Conversation and Frankly Frankston Magazine’s Frankly Speaking. Now as 21-year-old Yazmine prepares to leave Mornington for Ireland, Sweden or the US — who knows; this girl just doesn’t stop travelling and pursuing her writing — we tracked her down for one last interview. This time, however, we’re the ones asking the questions.
When did your love of writing begin?
I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t writing. I loved making ‘books’ from sheets of folded A4 paper when I was very little and thankfully was always encouraged to write throughout primary and high school at Padua College. I remember being especially inspired to write after reading the Harry Potter series for the first time when I was about nine years old.
What’s your favourite style of writing or subject to write about?
I love interviewing interesting people. It’s so exciting to learn more about people I admire and find the questions that will give the best information. I’m excited to try out different styles and subjects in the future; I’m a huge music fan so would love to get more into music journalism, and after reading Michelle McNamara’s I’ll Be Gone In The Dark and watching Netflix’s Making A Murderer I’d be super-interested in trying my hand at crime writing.
Where else has your writing taken you?
I spent a semester in my final year of university studying in Boston, which, as anyone who knows me can tell you, is my favourite place in the world. The college I studied at there had so many clubs and publications and I loved getting involved with those. After that I interned at a magazine group in Dublin for a month, which was also fantastic. I got to write about pop culture, attend press days, help out on photoshoots and interview famous faces like Sting. The great thing about writing is that you can tie it in with your existing travel plans. I visited Iceland over New Year’s last year and wrote about my horse-riding adventure, which was then published by a tourism website.