Inspiration Behind “Waiting for Butterflies”

Dear Friends,

Last week I introduced you to my friend Karen Sargent, author of the soon-to-be-released Waiting for Butterflies. You might recall the book is about a mother who dies too young and returns to her family as a “lingering spirit.” Authors are often asked what inspires them to write a particular story. Would you like to hear the story behind Karen’s story? After you read it, be sure to check out the Goodreads give-away link at the end for your chance to win one of 10 copies of her book! You’ll also find the link to Karen’s book launch give-away from last week. This one works! (Karen’s apologies!)

Book Launch Week 1-Instagram


The idea for Butterflies started with a late-night phone call. My mother-in-law, a devoted grandmother, had passed away unexpectedly and too soon at 61. A friend came to babysit our daughters, so my husband and I could stay with his dad. We returned the next afternoon surprised to learn our 5-month-old had slept through the night for the very first time…and she continued to sleep through the night for the next week. On the eighth night while we were lying in bed, I said my hubby, “You know, ever since your mom passed, the baby has slept through the night.” He was quiet for a few moments and then he whispered, “Mom, if you’re here, you can go.” The baby didn’t sleep through that night or for the next several months. I’m not sure what I believe about those eight nights, but the event caused my imagination to toy with a question: What if a mother dies before she is ready to go? Waiting for Butterflies became the answer.

But my book is not a “ghost” story. It’s a story about a mother’s enduring love, the weight of guilt and the release in letting go, of forgiveness and redemption, of the healing of a family.

I’d love to introduce you to the characters—Maggie, Sam, Rachel and Olivia. If you visit my website, click on the BOOKS tab to meet them. You’ll also find an author Q&A on the MEDIA & EVENTS page. And if you’re interested in checking out my blog, The Mom Journey (where moms aren’t perfect and that’s perfectly okay), the BLOG tab will get you there. Thanks so much for sharing a few minutes of your time with me!

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