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An Interview with Luba Sigaud

Here’s an interview I conducted with Luba Sigaud, a person I admire tremendously for her courage and tenacity in helping create a better world, one article at a time.

Thank you for your stellar level of badassery, Luba!

1. First of all, tell us a bit about yourself.

I was raised in a French family, the fourth of six kids. My parents are International Correspondents to France, so they were sent to Washington, D.C., U.S.A to report on American news many years ago. Ultimately, they decided to settle down in the U.S., where I grew up. As a child, it was a challenge being so far away from grandparents and other extended family members, but being in the U.S. allowed me to learn English well, which I’m grateful for.

I just finished my first degree, which was in Speech-Language Pathology, and I will be starting another degree, this time in Marketing, in July. I also play the piano and can speak a little German, although very poorly.

2. What would you say inspired you to become a writer?

Since my parents are both journalists, I grew up in a house full of books; I think that really helped foster my love for reading, which turned into a love for writing as well. I’ve been writing for a long time, but it was only recently that I discovered the world of writing online.

I would also say that an English professor I had early on in my college career really sparked my love for the written word. He passed away a few years ago, but he was such a kind, articulate, humble man — I’ve never met anyone like him.

I like to think he’s part of the reason I’m a writer today, and I wish I had half his knowledge.

3. What are some of your writing habits? Do you have a particular routine that helps your creative juices flow more freely?

Great question. Right now, I don’t have a set routine. But I do find that I usually write better when the house is quiet late at night.

4. What do you think are the most important aspects of writing?

The ability to sit down and pour out your heart, without holding back, is priceless. It frees your mind and helps process events in life, whether happy or sad. Even long before I started writing for an audience, I wrote for myself — about my hopes and dreams and fears. I have always felt there’s a power in putting thoughts down on paper, even if no one reads them.

5. Is there any advice you’d want to give to aspiring writers who waver in their convictions because they aren’t sure if they’d be any good, or if they’re ready?

I would tell them that they will never be perfectly ready. No writer, no matter how great, has ever produced a piece of work they were perfectly happy with. And yet, it’s often those very articles and books that change the lives of others the most.

I’ve found that the more I write, the easier it gets. The important thing is to write for the love of it: not for money, not for fame, not for the validation of others. If you can write every day and let that be its own reward, nothing will be able to stop you from being a professional writer. The key is to love it.

6. What’s one thing you’d change about the world if you could?

This might sound silly, but I’m trying to make the world more beautiful through my work. I’m trying to help people see the beauty of life, no matter how hard their lives may be. If I can put one smile on someone’s face — if I can make one person happy to be alive and excited to wake up tomorrow — what more could I ask for? I want that to be my legacy. I don’t care about being famous, but if the people who do know me can remember me as someone who loved others and helped them see the beauty of life, without expecting anything in return, that would be a dream come true.

7. What’s one important life lesson you’ve learned?

That’s a hard question — there are so many to choose from. But I think one of the most important lessons I’ve learned has been that I can’t force an outcome, no matter how much I may want to in the moment. Life becomes so much easier when we let go of what isn’t meant for us and appreciate what we already have.

8. Anything else you want to share before we wrap it up?

I would just like to say that it has been a pleasure and an honor to take part in this interview. Thank you for the opportunity, Mikey!

You can visit Luba’s profile here.

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