Hi everyone! Today we have something a little different – an interview with a dear friend and blogger, Hannah! Hannah owns The World is Quiet Here, where she discusses books, literature, photography, writing, movies, life, art and much more.
I love the variety of her posts, and she is a natural writer. It is my honour to be able to interview her and give you readers a taste of life as a blogger!
B: Welcome to The Books Are Everywhere, Hannah! Tell us a little about yourself.
H: I’m a home-educated fifteen year old girl. I would say I’m a normal girl but I’m not. My family members call me ‘a special one’ because I do weird things like taking pictures of half empty coffee cups lying in the street. So thank you, Beth for featuring me in your blog, I feel very honoured!
B: How do you get inspiration for writing (blogging and fiction)?
H: I love looking for inspiration in everything. I’m constantly taking pictures of peculiar things and jotting down random ideas. I love looking at art to find inspiration though. I’m an avid pinner on Pinterest and love browsing whenever I’m feeling uninspired. Music is also a big inspiration for me, the way certain lyrics start off a chain of thoughts, I love it!
As for my blog, I kind of just go with the flow. If I read a book, I’ll review it. If something interesting happens, I’ll write a little anecdote. Inspiration comes, you just have to be patient sometimes.
B: I love Pinterest, too! It’s a great source of inspiration for me.
B: Do you prefer blogging or writing fiction?
H: I really love blogging but writing fiction is my first love. I feel really free when I write fiction. Escaping into worlds I’ve created is really fun! But with my blog, I’ve merged my two loves by blogging about my writing, so it’s a win-win situation for me!
B: I admire your skill in conjuring up new world and characters – especially as such beautiful writing comes out of it.
B: Do you listen to music while writing?
H: Yes, I do! Al the time. It’s funny because I listen to different kinds of music depending on what I’m writing. Most of the time, though, I love listening to Porter Robinson, Worlds and Joakim Karud.
B: Me too! I’m always listening while I’m blogging, writing or designing.
B: What other hobbies do you have?
H: I really love art. Drawing, painting and creating is just another way for me to escape into my own world. Taking photographs has become quite a hobby recently, too!
B: Photography is one of my favourite things to do. It’s such a joy to see small spaces come to life in a photo.
B: Do you have a favourite book?
H: Yes! The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I love this book with all my heart!
B: I can’t wait to read this book and join you! It’s one of the next ones on my TBR.
B: What inspired you to start reading?
H: I think I’ve been reading ever since I could actually read but it wasn’t a hobby, just something I did every now and then. I got more into books as I’ve grown older, but I’ve only recently got into reading YA and that was actually after I started reading your blog. Thank you!
B: You’re welcome, Hannah! I have also been reading ever since I could make out the words, but my love for literature has certainly blossomed in the past few years.
B: Talk about your favourite movie.
H: ‘Kimi no Na Wa’ (Your Name) by Makoto Shinkai is literally the best film ever (I think you can agree with me on this one)! The animation, the character development, the storyline. Makoto Shinkai never fails to amaze me with his films, they are always great.
B: Kimi no Na Wa is one of my favourite movies too – thank you for introducing it to me!
B: What advice would you give to someone who wanted to start blogging?
H: I would like to say, just remember, don’t be afraid to be different, always be yourself. Don’t worry about posting regularly or how many likes and followers you get. Don’t let those things burden you because if you start to feel pressured by these things, it takes away the enjoyment.
Also, when I started blogging, I struggled finding inspiration for blog posts. But I’ve come to realise that you don’t have to worry about stuff like that. Inspiration comes. Never sit and think until it hurts or force yourself to write when you can’t think. Just live life. Take a walk. Look at nature. Read a book. It will come naturally. You just have to have patience.
That’s why I don’t have a posting schedule, because I know my brain doesn’t work like that, I post when I feel like it. I would much rather have 1 post a week that I was proud of, than 7 that were rushed and all together not great.
So just blog how you want to blog and don’t be afraid to be different!
B: Wow, Hannah! Such a lovely response, and one that rings so true. It’s why your blog is so rich with beautiful pieces!
Thank you again for joining us! It’s been a pleasure to have you.
May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽