My debut novel, “Oh Brother,” is due out very soon. The original publication date was slated to be September 1, but due to some unforeseen circumstances, I am not positive that will actually happen. I will keep you posted here, and on my Facebook and Twitter pages, if you follow me there. It will be published as close to the original date as possible, and I’ll be hosting an online launch party on my Facebook page.
If you’ve seen the cover, you may have surmised that the plot somehow involves butterflies, and it does. Butterflies, and one little butterfly in particular, play an important part in the storyline. Although the book doesn’t go into this particular detail, you have probably heard that the butterfly population in North America (and Europe) is down dramatically for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is our obsession with having picture-perfect, pesticide-soaked lawns, without a weed in sight. Pesticides kill caterpillars, so there go your domestic butterflies, and those that migrate through the U.S. have trouble finding food sources.
The butterfly theme of the book is not an ecological one, but it is one I feel strongly about. So with that in mind, I will be donating 10 percent of the profits of the book sales for the first year to the North American Butterfly Association. They do great work and have chapters in many states. You can check out their website at www.naba.org.
In addition, everyone who buys a copy of the book will receive a packet of milkweed seeds. Milkweed is the food source for the Monarch butterfly, as well as number of other butterfly species. You’ll be asked where you live to ensure you get the right kind of milkweed for your area. And if you’re not sure what milkweed looks like and are hesitating because of the word “weed,” don’t worry – they’re lovely. Below are photos of some common varieties that serve as a food source for butterflies.
I’ll be back later in the week with a preview – a big one – of the plot, and a little more about the crazy characters who make up the book and who have been keeping me up at night for the past six months.