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Blank Canvas Launch Party Day 4 – An Interview With Maddie

It’s day four of the Blank Canvas Launch Party!

Today, I thought it would be fun to do a character interview with Maddie, the main character of Blank Canvas!

Maddie used to be a painter. She is a girl who was once passionate, slightly conceited, and totally carefree. After being abducted and spending two and a half years in captivity, however, she’s now reserved and uncomfortable with attention. She’s embarrassed by the gentle stammer of her speech, and she’s terrified by the idea of ever painting again.

Let’s begin, =)

1. How old are you? Do you feel your age, or do you feel older/younger?

I’m sixteen, b-but I don’t feel it. I m-missed out on a few years, and I feel like I’ve missed out on a few more. I think–I feel older, most of the time. Except when I’m around m-my sister, Autumn. She’s thirteen, but she’s usually the one taking care of me. She’s my b-baby sister, but sometimes, it feels like I’m the younger one.

2. You like–or used to like–painting. But do you have any other hobbies?

I don’t know if it’s a hobby, b-but I study people. Watch them, imagine what their lives are like. People are interesting. Even the bad ones f-fascinate me.

3. What’s your favourite book?

The Picture of Dorian Gray. It’s morbid, I guess, like being attracted to m-my own nightmare. But I like how the b-beautiful portrait holds something so sinister underneath. And I-I know the painting changes on its own, but I…I imagine what it would be like to paint Dorian’s withering face, to capture his altered personality over and over again as each new sin took its toll. The idea is intriguing, or w-was. W-Would be, if I still painted.

4.And your favourite artist?

It’s difficult to pick one artist because there is s-such a wide range of style and…intent. B-But I’ve always loved the p-portrait artist John Singer Sargent. When I first saw his work in school, I thought it was b-boring. But then I discovered it was full of personality, individuality. I-I like that his pieces changed my mind. I like that what f-first appears so straightforward and simple is actually really complex. My favourite is his portrait of Lady Agnew of Lochnaw. She’s beautiful, and I think she has a secret…like she’s daring us all to try and f-figure her out, knowing we’ll never be able to.

Lady Agnew of Lochnaw
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5. What’s your earliest memory of painting?

For my fifth birthday, I got a book of blank pages for coloring…two days later, I told my mom I n-needed a new one. She thought I’d scribbled my way through the p-pages, but I’d drawn a complete picture on each sheet. That same afternoon she took me to a craft store, and let me choose my own medium. I chose a p-paint set.

6. Use ten words to describe yourself.

T-Ten words? Okay…

7. What’s your idea of a perfect day?

My perfect day would be at a cottage in the summer. With my sister and my f-friend Wesley. The m-morning would be sunny. We’d spend it swimming or hiking. And after, we’d make a huge lunch and eat till our stomachs were ready to burst.

Then, I’d spend the afternoon alone with Wesley. O-Out on the dock, by the lake. Listening to him play his cello while I p-p…while I painted him.

8. If you could have escaped your captivity for one single day during the length of your abduction, where would you have gone?

The obvious answer is to say I would have gone home. And I w-would have. But if this is a dream–and it’s n-not too different from ones I’ve had many t-times before–then I would collect my family and we would go somewhere far away, with lots of sun, and n-no other people to distract us from just being together. An island, maybe? Or m-maybe even that cottage. Somewhere quiet, and peaceful. Somewhere without a clock, so I would n-never have to know the day was over.

9. Is there anything deceiving about you? Something people would be surprised to know?

I’m stronger than I look. I’m s-skinny after being away. Too skinny. I l-look frail, b-but I’m not. Physically, I mean. I…I’m strong, physically. Mentally, I’m not. I’m weaker than I want to be, mentally. But at least I have physical strength. At least I have s-something.

10. We’ll finish with an easy one. What is your favourite colour?

Purple. B-Byzantium if we’re getting specific. But most shades of purple will do. I like purple b-because it’s moody. It can be s-sensual, calming, or vibrant. It’s majestic. No other color is as comforting to me as purple.


That’s all for today! I hope you enjoyed getting to know Maddie a little more, and stay tuned for day five of the Blank Canvas Launch Party tomorrow.

And, if you haven’t already done so, enter below to win a signed print copy of Blank Canvas!

There will be 2 prizes of 1 signed copy of the upcoming print version of Blank Canvas. This contest is open to residents of the US and Canada (excluding Quebec) only, and will run from Sunday, June 21 12:00 AM through Saturday, June 27th 11:59 PM Eastern time. Entrants must be 18 years of age or older. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited.

Everyone is allowed one free entry into the giveaway draw. Additional entries can be earned by commenting on the blog during each day of the party (1 entry per day). Two winners will be randomly selected and notified within 7 days of the giveaway ending. Mere Joyce will ship the two winners a signed print copy of Blank Canvas once the print version has been released (Please note this may take several weeks.) Winners will be notified when the book has shipped.



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