Taylor Swift: TIME's Ten Questions

Taylor Swift: TIME's Ten Questions

Country sensation Taylor Swift strums on her guitar in this new shot from TIME.com.

The 19-year-old Fearless female recently chatted with the mag and answered ten questions about songwriting, musical influences and Taylor Hanson, all sent in by fans. Check it:

On her biggest musical influence: “Shania Twain. She came out, and she was just so strong and so independent and wrote all her own songs. That meant so much to me, even as a 10-year-old. Just knowing that the stories she was telling in those songs–those were her stories.”

On her songwriting process: “Most of the time, songs that I write end up being finished in 30 minutes or less. ‘Love Story’ I wrote on my bedroom floor in about 20 minutes. When I get on a roll with something, it’s really hard for me to put it down unfinished. I have ways of channeling the heartbreak. Also, it’s been a really awesome year. I get so excited when a song I wrote that’s very personal to me goes No. 1 and I look down and see people singing the words back to me. That makes me so much happier than anything could ever bring me down.”

On the story behind “Love Story”: “‘Love Story’ is actually about a guy that I almost dated. But when I introduced him to my family and my friends, they all said they didn’t like him. All of them! For the first time, I could relate to that Romeo-and-Juliet situation where the only people who wanted them to be together were them. That’s the most romantic song I’ve written, and it’s not even about a person I really dated.”

On collaborating with another recording artist: “I would like to do a duet with Taylor Hanson, because I have loved Hanson since I was 8. And Taylor Hanson has an amazing voice. And also we’re both named Taylor.”

Taylor kicks off her Fearless tour TONIGHT (April 23) in Evansville, Ind.

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  • Britney

    LOVEE Taylor. Can’t wait for the rest of her tour tickets to go on sale.

  • Taylor swift :)

    I am pissed, she aint coming to my town

  • http://jjj miley

    i love her! she is so awesome and down to earth! :)

  • SRULES57

    She is so AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and yet she still stays so modest and down to earth

  • Karina

    Shee iss awesomee !!

    Her songs are really prettyy, love the lyrics !!

    Love her, and I don’t know if she’ll come to Brazil, I hope so !

  • bridget

    I love that she likes Hanson. She randomly posted on her twitter a few days ago that she was glad that they had the same name and she thought he was awesome. I guess it was prompted by this interview.

  • bridget

    I love that she likes Hanson. She posted about them randomly on her twitter the other day. I guess it was because of this interview.

  • Sarah Jonas

    aww! i love her! has anyone heard the instrumentals from fearless? their amazing! took my breath away. It really makes you appreciate the music and not just the lyrics :]

  • t

    “and we’re both named Taylor..”

  • Nati82

    She loves Hanson??? Love her already!!! And she’s right! His voice is amazing and he’s one of the greatest singers/songwriters out there!!!!

    I like Taylor!!! she’s pretty, has talent and obviously a great taste in music!!!!

    Rock on girl!!!

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