So – as most of you already know – I have written and illustrated a book.
Here’s a preview of the first couple of pages (followed by a whole bunch of wonderful feedback from people all over the world):
PS: It’s a poem – so read it out loud for the best effect. 🙂
PPS: The book is now available world-wide… click HERE for details on how to get hold of a copy.
A few things to note – so there’s no confusion or misunderstanding:
Although this IS an illustrated book – it was not originally intended to be a children’s book.
Although my kids love it (aged 7 and 10)… there are some themes in there which could bring up a few questions (especially from younger kids) and these types of questions might require some parental guidance. There’s nothing X-rated and there’s no f-bomb or anything like that, BUT the book does touch on potentially sensitive topics like low self-esteem, eating disorders and a difficult marriage.
Here’s the image on the back of the book to give you a better idea of who the book was intended for…
And here’s a couple of excerpts from feedback I’ve received from some amazing tribe’sters from around the world:
“This book. This one. Buy it. Every woman needs to read this book… and I suspect most men too. It’s a book to give a teenager who seems to be losing his or her way. It’s a book to give the tired mama down the street. It’s a book to give your grandmother. It’s a book to read and re-read when you are beginning to cave to… well… all the things we cave to. Heather has captured the struggle, the descent into a particular madness, like the rabbit tumbling down the hole in Alice’s Wonderland… and the determined, “put your big girl panties on and deal with it” climb back into the saddle of our own lives where we begin to take control and build something beautiful for ourselves. This book. Buy it” – (Jenn)
“All my life, I was told to be quiet, calm down, talk less. Everything that is ME seems to be too much for most people. I became an apologetic and insecure adult who spent time pleasing everybody but herself, constantly toning down everything from my laugh to my sense of style. Everything about your story is wonderful beyond the words I have to express it. Thank-you for doing this” – (Giselle)
“Your story and your poem hit me in the heart and reached my soul. I burst into tears as I read your words because it resonated so deeply. My sobbing, uncontrollable, as I considered all the people trapped in society’s ‘norm’. You must get this message out!” – (Lexi)
“I’m spending a lot of time trying to figure out how to get my ‘Hat’ness’ back and trying to understand how I lost it in the first place. I now have a little boy and I don’t want him to lose sight of his dreams as I lost sight of mine” – (Joshua)
“I love your poem. I cried and had to stop reading to dry my eyes several times. This is my daughter. She is 13. I get called into school to discuss her ‘problems’ almost monthly. Thank-you for the inspiration I received whilst reading your work of art” – (Ashley)
“Hat’s story has verbalised everything I’ve ever felt” – (Ayesha)
“Everything that I have just read has hit home so hard that I find myself in tears. My daughter is just as you’ve described. Happy, loving, creative and insanely funny. She loves to talk, sing and dance… but has been labelled ‘a problem’ by the teachers at her school who tell me she should be on medication. Thank-you for shedding a different light on this issue. I am now determined not to silence my daughter’s voice or creativity” – (Cari)
“The part about the Invisible Woman really resonated with me. After many years living in the shadows of a successful executive, I became known only as his wife. Tracy ran away. I lost my own voice and I let my husband take complete control of our lives. I became The Invisible Woman and invisible people don’t have ideas and opinions. Well, slowly but surely, I have decided that I’m going to find my voice again” – (Tracy)
“I feel overwhelmed. I just wanted to say how beautiful your book is and to thank you from those of us still trying to break free. You are a gift” – (Dorean)
“Hat’s words have had a profound effect on me, not only in regards to myself but also in how I parent my son who has Aspergers” – (Gini)
“Your book is a thing of beauty. The story is compelling and the artwork is fabulous. I have read it… and read it… and lost count of how many times I’ve read it. Every page was a joy to read – even the darker ones” – (Rachel)
“I am 37 and going back to school to get a degree in dance. After thinking it was stupid and wasteful and saving it for my daydreams for 20 years, something snapped in me and I made the decision. I’m going to use your story to teach my 10 year old son about all the ups and downs. Trying to be ‘normal’ was bad for me too. I want to do everything I can to make sure that my son understands that nobody can tell him who to be, that he never has to change based on the thoughts / opinions of another person (of any age)… and that ‘weird’ is not an insult” – (Mariana)
“I am a home-educating mum in New Zealand. I have a ‘Hat’ daughter. Your story is beautiful, poignant… and very needed” – (Miko)
“I am a fellow outcast – rediscovering myself in a big, scary world. Thank-you, oh thank-you… for finding yourself and sharing your story” – (Sarah)
“I LOVE Hat! I can SO identify!” – (Retsy)
“Wow. I’ve just read that and cried. This is me, and I’ve been told so many of the same things. I am trying to dig myself out of ‘normal’. I still hear these voices saying “You’re not good enough, you’re too fat, nobody will like your art”… so I find myself hiding. You do what you do for ALL of us” – (Donna)
“Your poem is beautiful. It captured my heart and my mind. I want to have your books around for myself and as a reminder to allow my children to be the ‘Hats’ that they are” – (Louise)
“Tears. Love it. Couldn’t feel more this way. Grew up in foster homes. Stifled the artist. Never felt like I fit in. Still don’t. Still searching for the courage to be me. Thank-you” – (Zephyr)
“Your book is so much more than I ever imagined. I was crying by page 1 and had a few sobs while reading your story. My daughter’s eyes were brimming too. May your book touch and help SO many lives in the years to come” – (Ingrid)
“Keep Hatting the world!” – (Rachel)
Would you like a copy of the book? CLICK HERE to find out how you can get one…