Today we're thrilled to welcome Deidre Knight (Butterfuly Tattoo). Deidre is well known in the industry as a literary agent, but has worn many hats, including the one she wears today as an author. Butterfly Tattoo features a bisexual character named Michael, and Deidre is here today to talk about how Michael's journey came to reflect her own. Thanks, Deidre!
I’m thrilled to be celebrating the release of my contemporary romance, Butterfly Tattoo: The Ultimate Edition. This reissue contains a deleted scene, reader questions, and a long interview about the book. Still, even as excited as I am to share my “baby” with readers anew, I have to make a totally frank admission: for whatever reason, I’ve struggled more with this particular blog post than any I can recall.
I’m certainly no stranger to writing blog posts, or (in my capacity as literary agent) pitch letters and synopses, which can put a real strain on one’s abilities as a writer. But this has been even more difficult. That’s probably because Butterfly Tattoo is an intensely personal book, even if it might not appear to be so at first glance. Then again, that’s one of the major themes of the novel: how large parts of a person’s identity—who they really are inside—can be obscured by the more glaringly obvious surface aspects.
The heroine, Rebecca O’Neill, bears scars all over her body from a stalker’s attack that occurred many years earlier. She’s ashamed of them, not only because she feels disfigured but, more important, because she fears they’ve redefined her against her will. Thanks to those scars, she has settled for a desk job behind the scenes of the entertainment industry.