Saturday is for Sharing
Good morning to our Readers
Author’s Interview with
by Lynda and Miss Opal
Lynda_ For our FIRST AUTHOR’s VISIT on the FIRST WEEK OF SPRING ~
Miss Opal and I are so delighted to welcome BUTTERFLY THOMAS to our home on the ridge overlooking the spectacular Connoquenessing Creek, in The Village of Wurtemburg, in rural western Pennsylvania. Finally, SPRING ARRIVED here even though it is frosty cold today with a light blanket of fresh snow on the grass.
Listen for a few seconds, Butterfly, and you will hear the Red-Breasted Robin singing from the bare branches in the Ginkgo tree as you came down the sidewalk. She begins her song so early in the mornings that the sky is a soft rosy glow on the horizon. I imagine she is busy with nest-building right now, too.
Miss Opal_ Butterfly, we just love these pretty Spring mornings! The sun has been shining, in between the days of rain that we get at this time of year. But, I know you live in Virginia, so I think that Spring arrived there with a bit more sunshine than we have in PA. I always think of the Cherry Blossoms that bloom in your area when it is still cold here.
I like to watch the world of nature from my window in our office. This is a very special day for us when one of our fellow writers drops in for a little chat. I want to know more about your name, Butterfly! Do you like it? Tell us more about it, if you don’t mind.
~ Butterfly Thomas ~
~ A Virginia Author ~
Butterfly_ I thought you would ask me about my name because this is my professional name. And, yes, I really like my name. I don’t use my given name for professional work. Instead, I chose to use the name “Butterfly Thomas.” I have had the name Butterfly for half of my life now, as I just had a birthday on March 12.
Lynda_ I think your professional name is perfect for a woman with a birthday so close to the beginning of Spring. It is a time of renewal and rebirth, and that is exactly what a butterfly signifies.
Butterfly_ When I was in high school, a series of events led to me becoming completely blind. I had retinal detachments, cataracts, glaucoma and a couple of unexplained hemorrhages. In my junior year, I accidently got hit in the eye which detached my retina for a final time and I was forever changed.
Lynda_ How did all of this trauma affect your life as a young girl?
How did you deal with the rapid changes you plunged into at that time?
Butterfly_ Well, here is what happened!
One year later, I was still adjusting to blindness, but flourishing in my senior status. I was back on honor roll, no longer acting out, and mentoring the younger girls in my dorm (I attended the state school for the blind).
About mid-year, the superintendent told me that I would be presenting the farewell speech at graduation and suggested I do a poem. By this time, I was writing poems about everything from the nasty food in the cafeteria to nurse appreciation week. So, I thought about it for a while and began to write. I called the poem, “Butterfly,” and it was about my 3 years at this school. From year 1 to year 3 I had made several transformations from a vision impaired teenager who let her grades slip and got into fights, to a blind young adult honor roll student who was a role model for the other students.
Miss Opal_ Oh, I see how this could make such a difference for you because you really turned this around by giving hope and inspiration to your fellow graduates.
Butterfly_ Yes! Thereafter, I kept the name Butterfly as a nickname and it was an easy decision to use it as a pseudonym when I started publishing.
Lynda_ Let me ask you a question that is a little bit off the beaten path, but I think it will be interesting to hear what you have to say about it. This is one of my favorite questions for my guests.
When it is 5 o’clock somewhere, where will you be and what will you be doing?
Butterfly_ I live in the city and I prefer the city because there are more options for paratransit and public transportation. On my job, I work as a counselor and advocate for my cities’ Center for Independent Living.I get off work at 4, so sometimes I am on the paratransit on my way home at 5.
However, if time is on my side, then at 5 I will be at home in my bed, snuggled up under the covers and reading my latest book download. Reading is my absolute favorite thing to do and after a long day at work I have to take at least an hour to decompress and get my thoughts together.
After the clock strikes 6, I have mentally prepared to spend time with my family and so I leave my comfy bed and my room and go out into the living room to engage with my loves.
Lynda_ Can you please speak a little more about your job as a counselor. What is the best part of your day and why do you like it so much?
Butterfly_ The best part of my job is in powering people with disabilities by helping them become more independent whatever that may mean for them.
I have a Master’s degree and professional counseling and I’m currently under supervision gaining hours so I can sit for my licensure exam.
Lynda_ Since you were born in Germany, do you have memories of this country? You know I was fortunate enough to live in Austria every summer during most of the years I was professor. I loved Germany and took my students there every year since we lived just across the border in Austria.
Butterfly_ I was very young when we lived there. But, I wish we could have stayed in Germany long enough for me to make some memories> I will go back some day. This is a promise I made to myself 😎
Lynda_ I believe you will since you feel so strongly about doing that. We just never know where life will take us but I have found that life has a way of taking us to where we intend to go – no matter how long it takes.
Lynda_ I was also thinking about how we have a creative place or space where we go to do our work. My special work place is here in my home in this room just off of the kitchen. This is where Miss Opal and I do our work together.
Can you describe your creative work space?
Butterfly_ I didn’t really create my creative work space lol.
It is just there in my room. I don’t even sit on a chair or anything, I prefer to sit on my bed cross-legged with my laptop in front of me and my external keyboard in my lap. I will usually have Pandora playing music on my phone in the background and I am in the zone with everybody and everything shut out. My bedroom door stays shut during this process. I guess as an introvert, I must have that place that I can go to recharge from outside influences or just be comfortable and relaxed and my bedroom allows me to do that which is why it became my creative work space.
Miss Opal_ I’m an introvert, too Butterfly. But, I love to think about some of my first memories. I was rescued by Miss Lynda and her family, along with my mother and my 3 siblings one summer day in the woods in Ohio. We were alone and hungry, and we were sick. We really needed help. We all came to Pennsylvania to live. Our mother, Effie Pearl, died last year, but my sister, Miss Bessie lives with us. Our 2 brothers went to live with some friends. We are now 6 years old and we have a good life.
Well, that is my earliest memories, Butterfly. I am wondering, what are your early memories like? What is your earliest memory, how old were you when this memory was saved in your mind?
when did you remember this?
Butterfly_ One of my earliest memories is of me and my family playing outside in the snow. I remember my dad tossed a snowball and it kind of fell on the inside of my glasses. I remember the super cold water dripping down my face as the snow melted against the heat of my skin. I let out a little eek sound from the shock of the cold because I was all snuggly and warm in my thick and heavy snowsuit. my siblings laughed and kind of just ran around picking up snow and tossing it. I was about 3 or 4 in this memory, but I don’t know when I solidified this memory in my mind. Also, on this same day, the memory flashes to my dad pulling a frozen snowball out of the freezer and putting it down my mom’s back, she screams because of the cold and playfully swats his hand. These 2 scenes are all I remember of this day, but it sure seemed like a fun day.
Lynda_ I’ve always loved to travel. How about you? Do you enjoy going to new places or do you prefer to stay closer to home?
If I gave you a ticket to anywhere you would like to go, where would it be? I
Butterfly_ Lynda, I am really drawn to this question. Since we mentioned Germany a couple of minutes ago, it reminded me of how I used to think about this. But, after reflecting on it, I can say I am changing somewhat.
The way I used to answer this question is by saying I would like to visit Germany because I was born there and my family moved back to the states when I was 2
So, it is true, I have no memories of the country, as I said.
But, there are pictures: October fest and fun things like that.
But I can no longer see the pictures.
Though, I still do want to go back to Germany and experience everything that country has to offer, my real answer is that I want to go on a food tour.
I want to visit every interesting place and country and taste the lovely foods that signify each culture.
Lynda_ And, I believe you will, Butterfly. I believe you will go many lovely places in your life and you will enjoy the culture, foods, and everything else that is so good about visiting new places. And, when you do, please take a moment during your travels and send Miss Opal and me a post card. Will you? We will be watching the mail. It has been delightful to have this morning with you. Thank you for this special day.
Butterfly_ Thank you Miss Opal and Ms Lynda for inviting me. I hope you both have a wonderful day. It was so nice to be here.
Find out MORE about Butterfly Thomas:
Butterfly Thomas Book title: Head Held High
Social media link: http://www.twitter.com/butterflytnovel
Link to purchase: https://www.dldbooks.com/bthomas/
- Official book blurb:
Shya’s dying mother tasked her with taking care of her younger brothers, and the girl is trying hard to do just that. But it doesn’t take long for the reader to learn that Shya is doing a lot more than being a loving, attentive sister and attending college. She’s also working as a high-end escort under her stepfather’s control. As the stepfather’s demands increase, Shya sees no choice but to kick up her plan to squirrel away enough money to win custody of her brothers. Little does she know that one brother is doggedly pursuing the escape of drugs, while the other is being bullied and hopes to escape everything — permanently. More tragedy ensues as Shya gets caught stealing from the wrong person. Can she save her family with bodies dropping all around her and a killer closing in? Will she lose everything for the pursuit of money? Can she keep her head held high in the face of so much adversity?
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is a series coordinated by Lynda and Miss Opal, her feline writing partner. Lynda and Miss Opal live in rural western Pennsylvania in The Village of Wurtemburg.
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