Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.
Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?
My pen name is H.D. Vesser, or Heidi Vesser. My age? Old enough to know better. Just passed 50.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I spent time in Pennsylvania, Idaho, and the last 15+ Years in the Pacific NorthWest. I love it here, its beautiful. I love to go walking/jogging…and when its nice out I rollerblade on the gorgeous Centennial trail…pretty much everywhere in this area.
Fiona: A little about yourself (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
College in a little town in Idaho…started out in Fashion design but college just didn’t stick. I’m a self learner. Love to sing, love music in general. Happily married 28+ years, mother of one, who is now a Peace Corp Volunteer in Togo Africa.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
My character “Bart The Bat” just had a birthday October 31st! “Our” first book was “The Bat That Came To Breakfast” and the Second book was just released. “Bart Befriends A Butterfly.” The first book came out because a bat showed up in my house at breakfast, inspiring a book about it (and a little girl named Zoe who loves bats) “Bart Befriends A Butterfly” Was written because of a woman I had been close to for over 20 years passed from lung cancer. On the day she passed a butterfly showed up when I sat down after rollerblading, a butterfly that was white on the outside, blue on the inside flew around and landed all over me. Would not leave me alone.. Made me laugh, as I wasn’t sure what was going on, or that my friend had passed away yet. Her family told me four days later that she had passed at the same time that I saw that butterfly. I personally think it was her telling me that everything was going to be ok, and that she was fine.
In the book “Bart Befriends A Butterfly” after Grammy passes “Blue” comes down in a big beautiful field of flowers after Grammy passes and says to Zoe and Mommy “Butterflies are not the only ones to Metamorphosis you know…we bring messages from the ones you love.” It was very therapeutic for me to write. I think I cried writing the whole thing but I hope it helps those who have lost loved ones. I was at an Elementary school and told a class about the butterfly. One little girl started crying and told me “My Grandma died two weeks ago.” We sat and cried together. I told her, “look for messages from your Grandma. She will send you messages to let you know she loves you.” I really believe those we love look in on us after they pass. There is a special page on the website for kids and adults with a butterfly for them to color and laminate in memory of the one they love who has passed.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I wanted to write a biography about growing up in a very abusive family where I almost didn’t make it out alive. (I had a near death experience at 16- my mother and father wouldn’t let us (the kids) eat after 10 am or 10 pm and at 16 I was strangled for eating.) It is literally a miracle that I am here.
I started writing in 2011 and even before that. I have a couple blogs and have been working on a biography about my life, frankly for therapy, and to help others know they can get through abuse and make it out ok.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I’ve always been kind of a story teller…After I started writing blogs and felt I had a good response I thought, huh…maybe I can make somewhat of a living at this too.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
One day I walked into my house around breakfast time and saw a bat hanging on my fireplace. I called around for an hour, police, fire, etc, and they bounced me around from person to person…I kept thinking “this bat is going to wake up and start flying around my house” so I grabbed a Costco gingerbread house cover that was clear, walked up to that fireplace and caught the bat in it…actually smashed the poor guys bum when I closed the back cover on the box…I felt awful…I kept saying “I’m sorry, I’m SORRY!” I brought him out on my deck (you can see pictures of the actual bat on the “about page” at https://www.bartthebat.com/about ) There are also coloring pages and a page on the main page where you can see me reading “The Bat That Came To Breakfast” on YouTube.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Easy. There was a bat in my house, and it was at breakfast. Soooo “The Bat That Came To Breakfast” was born. There are over 50 book ideas that I am working on now.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I write pretty much how I talk… in a conversational style. I get a specific certain feeling when I’m “on” when writing and the series (Bart The Bat”) it’s a whole world in my head…with fairies and Dragons and cats and dogs and horses… all sorts of cool creatures that I feel I intimately know. It’s a very loving place…and an escape from all the craziness of the world these days… I breathe a sigh of relief every time I sit down to write in that world. It’s quite comforting.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
That there’s a bat in the house is realistic, because of the bat that showed up in my house. The butterfly (from the book “Bart Befriends A Butterfly” is based off an actual butterfly that showed up when my friend died that landed all over me and I believe she was telling me goodbye.You can read more about my friend here and see the picture of the actual butterfly that showed up on that day: http://songsofaletheia.blogspot.com/2018/10/pauline-my-celebration-of-life-speech.html
The rest is pure fantasy and a beautiful place in my head.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
No unless you consider roller blading travel…the butterfly showed up then.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
I worked with an artist in Serbia telling her exactly what I wanted and she drew it.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
That the world is full of good people and that love is a universal thing. I think there are two things that people want most in this world. Acceptance and love. I want kids to feel BOTH in what I call “Bartworld.” Books were my only safe place when I was a kid. I would close the door to my room as a child and escape to other places, because my world was not safe. I want kids to feel that these books are a safe place to go.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Linda Jordan-Eichner I adore her fairy series… (I don’t think shes a new author though – but she’s new to me…I just love the creativity of the fairies in her world…)
Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you? Just one? That’s too hard so I’m going to break the rules here… Stephen King writes people better than anyone I’ve ever known. I don’t read his books as much for the horror aspect as for the characters…they just feel so real. Piers Anthony “A Spell For Chameleon.” Madeleine L’Engle “A Wrinkle In Time.” And my TOTAL favorite when I was a kid “Black Beauty” by Anna Sewell. Nancy Drew series by Carolyn Keene were also favorites.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
My friend Elaine who calls herself “my biggest Bart The Bat fan” as well as my friend Pauline who always encouraged me to find purpose – something to help me along in this world – while she was alive and after death – via butterflies and dreams – “Bartworld” is it..
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Yes. or a calling. A destiny. Its where I belong.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Making a bigger Kindle book of “Bart Befriends A Butterfly” which I’m going to do between now and next Christmas.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Not sure…but one of my characters in the series is a combination of Prince the singer with a Bass and Morgan Freeman…maybe Morgan Freeman’s voice. And Pixar for the movie…DEFINITELY.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
NEVER give up.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
That love conquers all.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
The City Of Joy by Dominique Lapierre (And Patrick Swayse’s best movie by the way)
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish…the first book I ever learned to read!
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry? Laugh?
My Husband. Good Comedy. The giant fat squirrels going for the peanuts on our deck – little piggies.. Cry? When my pets died, I sobbed off and on for weeks.. and still tear up thinking about it.. Sad shows.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Joan of Arc…she was the most guiless woman and I love that she was so true to what she believed in. I read Mark Twain’s book on her. A lot of people have no idea he spent 12 years, part of that time in France, part of that time in England researching her for his book “Joan of Arc” is my favorite book. (Mark Twain always said it was the best of his books and I agree.) He loved Joan so much that at a luncheon he was to speak at…someone came out dressed as Joan Of Arc to honor him…he burst into tears…he was so overcome. Hell, I’d love to meet Mark Twain as well. He was something else. (sorry breaking the rules again.)
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Singing (was in a metal Band for a few years – wrote lyrics/melody), obviously writing, (though I look at it as more than a hobby) attempts at drawing, playing piano and guitar, though I don’t do most of these often enough.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I love the movie Chocolat ( I read the book too but the movie was actually better in my opinion), The new Battlestar Galactica, GOT – but wasn’t impressed by the ending…, The Good Fight.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Italian…anything with white sauce, thai, some mexican (Seafood Fajitas)
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
I so SO want to travel overseas…so at some point that. But I have a feeling that I’ll still be writing. Oh, and Sing, and learn to compose music.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
I would eat and throw-up and eat some more!!! (wait that would be my husband). spending time with the ones I love. See the most beautiful things that I could. Walk trails, breathe fresh coastal air. watch thunder storms and smell the ozone in the air, go to the ocean and wade in.. Soak up the sun. Walk through the coastal market.. Watch the sun go down into a beautiful sunset over the ocean, roast marshmallows and smash them between graham crackers and chocolate, devour them, chocolate running over my fingers and down my chin…stare into a fire as the night came on, waiting for the end to come.. and give it the finger, laughing maniacally… 🙂
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Batty. Har har. – Live Fearlessly. (look up Anita Morijani)
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
www.bartthebat.com No swearing here. 🙂 and my books are there…
https://songsofaletheia.com/ (this is a VERY open view of my thoughts…some swearing)
http://songsofaletheia.blogspot.com/ My blogs from 2011 on up… EVERYTHING is there. From the abuse, to leaving an abusive religion, EVERYTHING. (DEFINATELY swearing here…and I am a feminist so fair warning. )
Amazon Authors page USA https://www.amazon.com/H-D-Vesser/e/B07NTPT35G?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1572932344&sr=1-1