If you have been following my blog for sometime, you might have read my review for Paintbrush by Hannah Bucchin, in which I gushed about how much I adored this book! Paintbrush is a beautiful story about two teenagers who try navigate their lives as they begin to experience new and confusing emotions. Do read my review if you want to know more about what I thought about this book.
I am honoured to have had the opportunity to interview the author of this book, Hannah Bucchin! I’d like to thank Netgalley; Janelle Leopard, the marketing and publicity coordinator for Blaze Publishing; and of course, Hannah for writing this book and answering my questions!
Without further adieu, let’s get into the interview!
1. When I read your bio, I felt like you were outdoorsy and nature loving. Was this your inspiration for paintbrush? Was this novel a creation of the events or experiences that happened in your life? How much of these experiences contributed to the plot, characters and setting of the novel?
Being outdoors is my very favorite thing in the world, and so much of Paintbrush was inspired by my love of nature. I currently live in the Blue Ridge Mountains, where Paintbrush takes place, and the beautiful scenery and unique culture here was a huge inspiration for not only the setting, but the characters and story. Nothing from the book is a specific recreation from my life, but lots of little pieces were heavily influenced by real events and places. Especially the outdoor adventures Josie and Mitchell go on – the waterfall, the lake, and the cave are all loosely based on places I’ve been in real life.
2. Has writing been a passion of yours for a long time? Or, was it inspired and developed by your love for nature? Describe the moment when you decided that you were going to write a book.
I’ve always loved writing, but I wasn’t sure I would ever really become an author. I took a number of creative writing classes in college that I liked a lot, and I decided to give myself 5 months after graduation to write a book, just to see if I could do it. I moved to Maine to work while I wrote, and I managed to finish the book in almost exactly five months! The editing and publishing process took another significant chunk of time, but Paintbrush is now finally out in the world.
3. When I first saw the cover for paintbrush, I thought the book was something else all together. I thought the book was somehow connected to art. When I read the blurb and started reading the book later, I understood that the title signified the Indian Paintbrush Community Village. However, I couldn’t stop thinking if the title meant something more. Is there a deeper, metaphorical meaning behind it?
There’s not much of a deeper meaning behind the title, but I’m flattered that you think I’m that deep and mysterious! However, Mitchell sort of plays off the title in his graduation speech at the end of the book, which I definitely did on purpose.
4. I believe that one of the main themes of this book is “change” and taking charge of your life. As a teenager myself, I’ve had to make some tough decisions. Is there some piece of advice you would like give to teenager or anyone dealing with change?
Anyone dealing with change has to make decisions about how to deal with that change, which for me has always been the hardest part. I feel that too many people (especially as teenagers) look at hard decisions in a very black-and-white manner, as in: Out of all my options, one is unequivocally right and the others are unequivocally wrong, and if I don’t choose correctly, my life will be forever changed for the worse. I tried to deal with this theme of change and decisions in a number of ways throughout Paintbrush – deciding whether to forgive, deciding on future plans, deciding whether to put your feelings out there, etc. The reality is, you don’t need to put so much pressure on yourself to make the “right” decision. There are so many different paths to happiness – it’s really up to you to enjoy the journey.
5. Do you have any plans to release a companion/sequel to the novel.
I don’t currently have any plans to release a companion or sequel. However, I never say never!
That’s all I have for you today guys! Thanks so much for reading! Again, thank you so much Hannah for answering my questions! I so hope there’s a sequel!!!
Wait! Don’t you guys go yet! Yes, I haven’t been active for a while and the guilt has been killing me. My school started two and a half weeks ago and I’ve been trying to manage my time and adjust to the whole system – since I haven’t gone to school for 4 months! I’m thinking of publishing a post on how school has been so far, so you guys can know about how IB has been treating me so far! If you haven’t already, check out my post on joining an IB school and do leave questions, so I could answer them if I decide to do a life-update post soon!
Hope all of you have been having a great time and I apologise for not being able to check your guys posts! I have a lot of catching up to do!!!
Thanks so much for reading guys!