Book of the Week “The Caged Butterfly”
What inspired you to write this book?
I strive to write books that deal with things women go through. After researching different topics for this book, I found that an alarming number of women (young and older) are using skin bleaching creams to change the complexion of their skin.
The Caged Butterfly is a fictional story that follows three characters as they navigate life’s often rocky terrain in search of hope, courage, and forgiveness. One of the main characters, Nina Taylor — is convinced that having white skin is the only way to make it in the entertainment industry and thus begins bleaching her skin to hide her black heritage.
If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
I would tell my younger writing self never to give up and to stay focused on the journey, not just the anticipated outcome.
What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?
The best money I ever spent as a writer was buying a copy of The Caged Butterfly and sending it to my aunt before she passed away. She insisted on reading it despite the pain she was always in from cancer, so buying a copy of the book from Amazon was the quickest way to get it to her. She passed away a week after finishing the book. She was one of my biggest fans.
What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
Some books require more research than others. The Caged Butterfly was one of them. I found myself researching, as I wrote.
How many hours a day do you write?
When writing a book, I can be at the computer working on one chapter or several. I don’t’ have a set number of hours. Sometimes, I’m writing for two hours; other times, it could be five hours or more. I stop writing when the story is complete for that day.
What was your hardest scene to write?
Killing off a character is always the hardest scene for me to write in a book. It’s hard to end a character’s story.
What is your favorite childhood book?
In my younger days, V.C. Andrews was one of my favorite authors. I read every book she wrote.
Award-Winning Author and Speaker, Marian L. Thomas, has penned six women’s fiction novels to date. Her books have been seen on national television stations such as the Oprah Winfrey Network, Ovation, and the A&E Network. She has been featured in print magazines, newspapers and a guest on local, national and online radio stations.
For her book, “I Believe In Butterflies”, Marian ranked among the top 100 Most Popular Authors in Literary Fiction on Amazon. She spent most of her teen years in Oak Park, Illinois, but now resides in a suburb of Atlanta with her husband. She enjoys a good bag of popcorn, a plate full of pasta, and a grape pop. Also, her books have no profanity and a whole lot of drama. Grab a book today.