May 27, 2022

Butterfly Premonitions

Nancy Roe

Book ideas come from strange places. A song. A picture. Newspaper articles. Real life.

The idea for Butterfly Premonitions started with portions of my life. Not in the murderous kind of way, but in the history of my family.

1. My mother spent many years on genealogy research. She not only researched her own family, but helped others doing research in Delaware County, Iowa. In her hospital room a week before her death, she spoke with a couple from Wisconsin that wanted to thank her for her research.

2. Anne Dudley Bradstreet was the most prominent of early English poets of North America and first writer in England’s North American colonies to be published. She is the first Puritan figure in American Literature and notable for her large corpus of poetry, as well as personal writings published posthumously. Anne Bradstreet is my ninth great-grandmother on my mom’s side of the family. (This must be where I get my love of writing.)

3. Rebecca Towne Nurse was convicted of witchcraft during the Salem Witch Trials and hanged as a witch on July 19, 1692, at age 71. Rebecca Nurse is my eighth great-grandmother on my mother’s side of the family.

4. My two papillons inspired the title. (If you don’t know, papillon is French for butterfly.)

All of these family markers are reflected in my new book.

Premonitions. A missing father. A murdered stepmother. A reopened cold case.

Merli Whitshire’s foreboding premonitions lead her home after a ten-year absence. She hopes to find her missing father, but her first night in Haven Hill, Iowa ends with a murdered stepmother.

Merli’s reintroduced to her four best friends she hasn’t seen for ten years since the evening of high school graduation. She had cancelled her summer plans and abruptly moved to New York City to live with her wealthy aunt and pursue a career in fashion design. Merli thought she was running to NYC, but she was really running away from Haven Hill.

Everyone she meets is hiding a secret, but only one is a killer. Will Merli find out who wants revenge before she dies trying?

Nancy Roe is an Award-Winning Author and Professional Formatter. She has self-published eight books and is writing her next mystery.

In August 2021, the League of Utah Writers recognized Nancy, awarding her the Gold Quill Award for her book, The Accident, and First Place for the first chapter of her novel, Butterfly Premonitions.

Nancy served as a panelist at the Killer Nashville International Writer’s Conference, speaking on the subjects of self-publishing, minor characters, and dialogue. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, Guppy Chapter, The League of Utah Writers, Just Write Chapter, Writer’s Circle, and Newsletter Chair of the Newcomers Club of the Greater Park City Area.

On Nancy’s website you’ll find articles on organizing tips, recipes, craft ideas, unusual holidays, and grammar tips, as well as information on book formatting services.

Nancy is a Midwest farm girl at heart and lives in Utah with her husband and four-legged children, Max and Addison.

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  1. Nancy, your book sounds fascinating! Looking forward to it.

  2. Your book sounded so interesting I had to have it.

  3. I hope you enjoy the book!