In five days I will turn 52…and as a birthday present to myself I am releasing The Blue Butterfly. I am very excited about this prospect. It has been a journey; research on time travel, researching the places my characters, Mollie and Jack, travel to. I love the cover. Here it is:
And I really like the characters. Jack and Mollie are well spoken, intelligent children from a close knit family that has been separated. I like that it isn’t a Hunger Games wannabe, that it isn’t dystopia or apocolyptic end of the world as we know it YA fiction. I like that my family doesn’t have chronic issues, that the book encourages studying history and learning from it and that it is a good read without sex and horrible language. I don’t think any of the above lacking takes away from the story or makes it any less interesting a read. I think that adults could very easily read the book without feeling they were reading down. I like the ending and knowing that while it sets up The Red Finch, it can stand alone.
As an English teacher, to my target market, I have found it difficult to choose quality fiction for my students to read in class, especially given that I teach in a Christian school. I believe this is a book that teachers in grades 6-12 could use in class and I know the content is appropriate. I am not naive. I know that kids in my target market use curse words, experiment with things they maybe shouldn’t and have hard home lives. But do they have to read about it too? I hope I’ve done my job well and presented an alternative to what has been available in YA fiction for the last several years.
I am currently awaiting proof copies of The Blue Butterfly. Which means I will read the book, make any corrections and soon, approve it for release. I have really enjoyed writing this book, so much that I’m glad its a trilogy because I get to continue writing about the characters.
I’ve read more than I ever thought I would about Einstein and quantum mechanics and just the idea of time travel, but its been fun. I don’t pretend to understand how it works, but my story works and includes some of the more popular ideas about traveling to the 4th dimension.
Here’s a preview:
Now I am trying to develop creative ways to spread the word. I’ve written a writing lesson plan to send to teachers for use in the classroom (of course with a plug for the book) and I’m trying to get a little press. I’m working on possible book signing venues and tweeting it to death. I’m trying to tie into the Blue Morpho Month at a nearby butterfly center.
Thinking positive thoughts…that this Blue Butterfly will be my blue butterfly like the one that changed everything for Matisse.If you feel so inclined, help me spread the word. You can copy and paste the book trailer link and use it in your social media.
I will post the release schedule soon…..
I am four chapters short of finishing my WIP, The Blue Butterfly. It’s a YA time travel adventure that uses a blue morpho butterfly as the mechanism for setting the time travel into motion. I think I’ve made it plausible and possible and I love how the story is progressing. I am considering something that I’ve heard other authors do, but I have never tried.
This will be 19 books and counting for me, but I’ve never had a celebration to announce the birth of a new book. I’ve just always quietly celebrated with me, myself and I. I’ll show them to my family who will acknowledge the new addition to our side tables or book shelves, I might show off a copy the next day after a proof arrives at work, but I’ve never had an EVENT. So I’m thinking its time.
I would like to have some books on hand to sign, some of my artwork, photos and collages that relate to the book on display, have some refreshments and invite friends and people I haven’t met yet to celebrate with me. I’m not quite sure where this will happen, and I’m not quite sure how to go about setting it up.
I’m excited about this book, I’ve had to do considerable research, I love the cover, I like the storyline. It’s not like anything else I’ve ever written.
I will confess that sometimes I feel a little isolated when it comes to my writing. I have read all the articles about how indie authors only sell about 400 books in the life of the book and those are all to their family and friends. That isn’t true for me. I am happy to say that I have books that have sold many more than 400 copies, but it is true that most of those sales went to total strangers. If my friends read my books, most of them don’t tell me.(And I do appreciate the ones who mention it when they do.) People I know find it interesting, I think, that I write books, but I think its a little surreal to them. I remember my supervisor at a teacher in service holding a freshly printed copy of Terezin Twilight and turning it over and remarking “it looks like a real book.” I think that one of the reasons I would like to have a book launch is to dispel the idea that my indie published books aren’t as ‘real’ as traditionally published ones.
All that being said, I still find getting the word out the most challenging part of publishing. I never know how someone finds my books, I’m never sure how to measure whether or not advertising works and I don’t want to spam Facebook and Twitter. But I have great hopes for this book and want to do whatever I can to make it a success.
Of course, the most important thing is writing a good book. So I’ll get back to it. More information on the details to follow. In the meantime, check out my other books at http://www.booksbylynnmurphy.com and visit https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Blue-Butterfly/1477211222571546?ref=bookmarks for information on The Blue Butterfly.