5 inspiring things: Candice Carty-Williams

5 inspiring things: Candice Carty-Williams

Candice Carty-Williams, marketing executive at HarperCollins' Fourth Estate and William Collins and a Bookseller Class of 2016 Rising Star, on the things and people inspiring her to work and think differently right now.

Hardware: It's not particularly flash or revolutionary as far as hardware goes, but I'd say that my external hard drive is my most consistently valuable piece of hardware; I'm always having to transfer larger files from PC to laptop by way of my Mac and back again, and I've lost about a dozen USB sticks in the past six months.

Software: I'd say that the software that hasn't let me down and has saved me a lot of time recently is Adobe Audition. It makes editing podcasts much easier than anything I've used before, plus the effects that you can use (but have been advised against using because they're not professional or whatever) are very cool.

Book: Redefining Realness by Janet Mock. This is Mock's memoir, in which she, a trans woman, uses the stories of her past to present womanhood from the eyes of a person that has had to navigate this space whilst not quite 'fitting the mould' and identity given to her. At a time when the LGBTQIA community has taken such a blow, Mock's bravery, her truth and her voice are all incredibly inspiring.

Idea: #BlackLivesMatter. Yes - all lives matter, but in recent months (and history, but I won't go into it), it has been proven time and time again that we need to take note that, to many, Black lives do not matter. And the celebration or protection of one race does not eliminate the celebration or protection of another. See also: #BlackGirlMagic.

Person: Nikesh Shukla. Nikesh is a hustler, he's kind, he is clever, he is talented, he is ridiculously prolific, and he is so good at Twitter that I am horribly envious. Plus he does and is all of this while finding time to take the most adorable pictures and videos of his tiny girl. Not only does Nikesh inspire me, but he advises me (a LOT). It's like I've tricked him into being my mentor...