Book Title: BUTTERFLY LOVE FROM ABOVE by Melissa Stuart
Category: Children's Fictions (ages 3-7), 32 pages
Genre: Children's Book
Publisher: Performance Publishing Group
Release date: April, 2022
Content Rating: G - Suitable for everyone.
This is the heartwarming story of one little girl’s journey through grief. After losing her best friend—a butterfly named Twinkle—Star must search to rediscover her sunshine. The loss of Twinkle has kept Star under a dark cloud for some time, but her journey towards betterment will touch the hearts of all readers! Star is amazed to discover that she can reclaim her own sunshine by helping others who are also stuck under a dark cloud of their own! And she’ll realize that her light is even brighter than before! Star’s love for Twinkle—and her pony, Luna—will show readers the beauty, joy, and healing power that animals can bring to our lives! Her journey will remind us that there is something beautiful to see when we take a moment to “always look up!”
MEET THE AUTHOR:
Melissa Stuart lives in Los Angeles, California with her family, their English Mastiff, Gucci, and their pony, Luna! Melissa and her husband stay busy traveling all over the country with their boys’ hockey teams. She loves being a Hockey Mom and watching her boys chase their dream of following in their dad’s footsteps to play in the NHL! Her happy place is with her little girl, Stella, at the barn surrounded by horses and their precious Luna. Sun Valley, Idaho is her family’s favorite summer getaway destination. When they’re there, Melissa feels most inspired to write sitting by the river, surrounded by mountains and nature! Her dream of becoming a published author for the first time came true in early 2021, as she shared her story “Find Your Sunshine” in a book co-written by 10 other inspiring authors—all of whom were sharing stories about shining their light and becoming difference makers in the world! Melissa hopes this story will inspire children to always look up. She wishes to teach them that true joy comes when we shine our own light and show kindness to others. That’s the secret to finding our sunshine!
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My favorite travel spot is Sun Valley, Idaho, and the Big Island in Hawaii.
Do you have another profession besides writing?
I was in the Fitness Industry for15 years and was about open my own spin studio. But those plans were derailed when after a day of horseback riding my back ruptured, leading to multiple spinal surgeries over the next two years. I was devastated that my plans had come to a halt, but also so thankful that I could pursue a new dream to become an author and write this story!
What made you write a book about butterflies and horses?
After my grandma passed away, yellow butterflies always seemed to appear when I was horseback riding. After my surgeries I was no longer able to ride, but my little girl caught the horse bug and I noticed yellow butterflies would also appear when she would ride! It was such a comfort and brought peace to my heart during the hardest time in my life. That is how I came up with the title of my book Butterfly Love From Above!
What is your writing schedule?
I tried to spend an hour each morning while my kids were at school. That was the only time I felt I could focus without any distractions. After school sports and activities took up most afternoons and evenings. I always felt too tired and not motivated. Mornings, I was always fired up and ready to write.
Which was the hardest character to write? The easiest?
The hardest character to write was Twinkle the butterfly, because for me she represents my grandmother who had recently passed. So, every time the book has Twinkle say “Always look up little Star, I’m right here,” it makes me get emotional and smile at the same time. The easiest to write was Luna the pony because her character didn’t have any lines to say in the book. It was her very presence in the book that brought the little girl and the other kids such joy! I wanted to capture the beauty and healing horses can bring, and I feel this book does just that!
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