Author Takes On Bullying With Butterflies

It’s a sad fact that bullying is a major issue within high schools around the world, and Colorado-based author Rebecca Carpenter “doesn’t pull any punches” in addressing this epidemic in her fresh and unique debut novel for teens.

The first in the Metamorphosis series, Butterfly Bones, is a poignant and powerful young adult contemporary science-fiction novel that truly pushes the boundaries of both nature and a young disabled girl’s desire for acceptance.

Butterfly Bones, published by Lakewater Press on November 28, 2016, tells the story of fifteen-year-old Bethany Keatley who not only deals with a rare bone disease that hinders her growth, but has grown up with no mother and a scientist father tirelessly seeking a cure for cancer. Desperate to leave the small-minded town of Springs, Georgia, Bethany avoids the bullies at school by achieving high grades and through the protection of her gorgeous quarterback friend Jeremiah—until the arrival of the mayor’s daughter Zoey. With the bullying reaching terrifying levels and a desire for more than friendship knocked back by Jeremiah, Bethany’s life becomes a prison. But when her father adds an accelerant to Bethany’s daily shot of butterfly hormone that keeps her condition under control, a horrifying side effect awaits her future.

Carpenter says of the background to her novel: “Five years ago, while listening to The Cure, a song called “Caterpillar” came on. I’d heard this song a million times. But for some reason, this time the music and lyrics spoke to me. The title of a book emerged: THE CATERPILLAR GIRL.

“The earliest version depicted a bullied teen girl with a rare bone disease getting revenge on her tormentors. Blood and gore were at the forefront. But no matter how hard I tried, Bethany refused to star in a horror novel.

“Instead, she pushed me to pen her story—a journey through great loss, tremendous change, and the harsh reality that Mother Nature and Father Time can’t be cheated.”

Carpenter, a mother and grandmother, who lives in Colorado with her husband and dogs, says: “Bullying is a real problem within our society, one that is all too often overlooked or written off as not that big of a deal.

“What I hope Butterfly Bones will achieve for readers is first and foremost to help them experience Bethany’s life—what it’s like to be bullied, to feel like you have no one to turn to for help, and the roller coaster of emotions that teens go through, especially with physical self-esteem and peer acceptance.

“I want readers to understand her wants and needs and to experience her giddiness and heartbreak over her first crush, as well as her resilience to withstand the relentless bullying at the hands of school mates until she’s finally broken.”

Carpenter hopes Butterfly Bones, which has been described as “an incredible story of true grit, determination, and bravery,” will open hearts and minds to seek for real change in policies to end bullying.

“I want readers to be able to recognize that outer beauty isn’t as important as inner beauty and that being happy with one’s self is the first step to finding true happiness.

“Lastly, I want readers to understand that we all have a good and bad side, but unconditional love is unconditional. And that includes loving ourselves.”

Carpenter’s previous publishing credits include a self-published memoir, The Total Deconstruction of Chloe Wilson, which is a straight-forward look into the life of a teen girl’s struggles with self-esteem and the shame she encounters on the road of teen pregnancy.

When she isn’t working at her childcare centre or spending time with her four gorgeous grandchildren, she spends her spare time reading, writing, and exploring the beautiful mountains of Colorado. Right now she is seeking personal experiences of bullying to share on her blog in the hope of uniting and showing those suffering at the hands of bullies that they’re not alone.

Butterfly Bones will be published on November 28 and has already been a big hit with early reviewers, being described as “freaky and creepy” and “so fresh, enchanting, and imaginative”, and has already attracted the attention of film production companies.

The novel will be available to buy as both an e-book and paperback from Amazon and Barnes & Noble among many other retailers, and is available for pre-order now.

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