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Hannah, 13, sees her art published in One Direction best seller

The end of August couldn't come soon enough for newly published artist Hannah Marshall.

One of 42 winners selected to have their artwork included in the new book by superstar British boyband One Direction, she couldn't wait to land a copy.

The Harper Collins publication ‘One Direction: Where We Are' was released on August 27. A copy of the book being sent as a prize for artwork selected has still to arrive. However, the 13-year-old budding artist already has her own copy.

She's particularly pleased with the fact that she's now a published artist at such a young age.

The star-struck teenager hopes to get an autographed copy and maybe even a personalised note from her favourite group. She spoke of the thrill of holding the published book in her hands.

“When I saw it for the first time I was really excited; I was almost speechless. I was just super excited because it became real and then when I saw it in the bookstore in Bermuda I was ecstatic.

“I saw it on the New York Times Best Sellers' list and it was the second book on the list.

“So it snapped that I was a published artist in the New York Times second best seller and I was ‘super smiley' for that complete week. I'm still like that completely.

“I walk by the book in my room and I still forget that it's happened. It's kind of surreal. It's something I will remember forever.”

Her mother, Kim Marshall said the real irony is that just last year all Hannah wanted for her birthday was something, anything, with One Direction on it.

“All she wanted was something from One Direction, a book, a calendar, anything. I went online because there was nothing in Bermuda. I spent hours and hours but everything was sold out,” said Ms Marshall.

“I went to US, UK and Australian websites, I couldn't get anything.”

Eventually she found something. “But it took hours and it's funny because last Christmas that's all she wanted and this year she's actually in one. Nothing really tops this — nothing at all.”

Hannah was introduced to the world of art by her grandfather, the late Dr Joseph Marshall, a former principal of Warwick Academy.

“I was very close to him and I think he would be very proud and really happy for me.

“My friends are all completely blown out of their minds. It's really beyond words how I feel.

“It's not that they're a really famous band and a whole bunch of girls love them,” she said.

“They've touched so many lives and influenced so many people in so many places around the world.

“They've done work with Comic Relief, they're involved with a whole bunch of charities. They have a big social conscious and that makes me like them all even more because they are so involved with their fans.

“Their fans do really mean a lot to them and they're just real, they don't put on a fake appearance.

“So being connected like this with them, even if it is just a picture in their book, makes me feel honoured. As for the original drawing, it's definitely worth much more to me now.”

Asked if it's the price on the original just went up, she laughed, and said: “I would not sell it, ever.”

Moving forward she said her work is more recognised now after her story was first published in June.

“A lot more people have heard about my work, so a lot more people have come up to me to talk to me about art as a result of the article.

“More people know that I enjoy art and take part in things like this. I'm planning to take part in more competitions like this and hopefully aim for something that could even come close to this.”

As far as she's concerned nothing can top this for her at this stage. Through her grandfather's guidance she said being an artist is in her genes.

“I'm not planning to be a professional artist. I definitely want to keep it as a constant hobby,” she said.

“My grandfather had a Doctorate in Education but he would always do art on the side. He did tons of paintings and we have them displayed in our house.

“I want to do something like that where I have my main profession, but I always come back to art.

“I'm planning to be a doctor. I'm thinking about becoming a psychiatrist, but I'm also thinking about being a medical doctor.”

Happy artist: Hannah Marshall had her art work published in superstar boyband One Direction's book.

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Published September 27, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated September 26, 2013 at 11:53 pm)

Hannah, 13, sees her art published in One Direction best seller

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