Monday, July 11, 2011

"If a butterfly flapped its wings..." by Shirelle Higgins

Have you heard of the butterfly effect? If a butterfly flaps its wings over here, will it cause some weather catastrophe or prevent one somewhere else? Can something so insignificant really have such a profound effect? I think so. At least in my life it’s happened. A little “butterfly” is why I chose to try my hand at writing novels.

I never used to read romance books. GASP! I know, right? But it’s true, I didn’t. My mother read them, and so, by default, they just weren’t cool. (Sorry mom!)

I used to read dark thrillers, or horror. Dean Koontz was my favorite author and I’ve read every vampire book Anne Rice ever wrote. Those were the kind of books I liked. Romance was just pretty, and flowery, and frivolous.

Then one day, my little butterfly said to me: “You like vampires, right?” Duh. Who doesn’t like a good vampire story?

Anyway, she loaned me the first book in The Circle Trilogy, by Nora Roberts. She did NOT tell me it was a romance book, and I did NOT know who Nora Roberts was. (Yes. Apparently I DO live under a rock!) I was halfway through the book before I realized what my sneaky friend had given me, and I was hooked!

After I read those, I read more. I read at least half of that author’s books before I started reading others. Now I can’t live without romance. Who knew my mother was right?

But inevitably it happened. I read two separate books, by two different authors, that disappointed me. OBVIOUSLY the heroine in these novels had chosen the wrong man! The stories may have had a happy ending but I was not happy! If I had written those books, I would have ended them properly. Can you see where I’m going with this?

It took me some time to work up the courage, and even longer to finally finish my little project, but eventually I wrote the story I wanted to read.

My dear friend with the butterfly wings passed away a few years ago. She is sorely missed and this story is for her. I think she would like it.



  1. That's beautiful. And I'm sure your little butterfly is flapping her wings in pride for you! :) Billy

  2. What a wonderful testimony about how small, seemingly insignificant events can have major impact on our lives. I'm so thankful for your little butterfly's part in your life. Now the rest of us get to reap the reward of your talent.

  3. That is so nice I never knew. I have always Known your talent and am very thankful you are now sharing it with the world.

  4. Ahhh Shirelle, I'm sorry for your loss of your friend, but we are all so thankful that she pointed you in the direction that you are now sailing on. BTP is lucky to have you!

  5. You all are so sweet, thanks everyone!

  6. Hi Shirelle, that was very beautiful. Haven't had the chance to read your books, but will soon. They look awesome. So sorry for your loss, but your friend pointed you in the right direction and I know she's very proud of you.