“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” ~ Anais Nin
My nom de plume is Butterfly, I am an erotica writer and journal creator of Erotica du Jour. I am also a poet, an essayist, a muralist, an artist, and a mother of three children.
My dance career blossomed into my own style a la burlesque, emulating those vampy 40′s vixens, dancing to blues and jazz. I even did a sensual nude number, sprayed down by water and oil, to “The Girl From Ipanema” by Gilberto. Maybe not as racy as Josephine BakerDolphina
Due to my sweet personality, a co-stripper dubbed me “The Mary Poppins of Stripping”.
Those years of high heels and wearing nothing but strobe lights gave me a gift; a sense of my own feminine strength and understanding of sensuality in its many forms. It also gave me the time to attend culinary school, paint, and write.
I danced at Maiden Voyage
I began playing classical piano at 6 years old. Chopin, Beethoven, Mozart, Satie, and Bach were some of my favorite composers, particularly Chopin and Beethoven. My mother had this grandiose idea that I would be pounding out Rachmaninoff’s Concerto no. 2
As a girl, I practiced calligraphy, and created “prose books” with illustrations and poems. I was awkward, the tallest girl in school, towering over the boys of course. I played string bass instead of the cello in the elementary school orchestra, due to my height. I won tetherball easily, and everything I wore was sparkly or in some shade of purple, my favorite color. I wore glasses. I was the geeky girl that read books in the library instead of playing on the yard. Little did anyone know, I was reading a smuggled copy of D.H. Lawrence’sLady Chatterley’s Lover
During my years in New Orleans, I was in a writing group with a bunch of fabulous women. They were all fiction writers, and found it difficult to critique poetry. They suggested I try my hand at fiction. It was one hot and sultry New Orleans day that I wandered into Faulkner House Books Anaïs Nin’s
The ancient Japanese poets also inspired my poetry. I admire many writers, poets, and artists past and present. Some of my favorite writers are Anais NinOno No Komachi Izumi Shikibu Murasaki Shikibu Yosano Akiko Haruki Murakami M.F.K. Fisher’s writings The Sensual Foodie
I love and admire Julia Child, Mary Frances Kennedy (M.F.K.) Fisher, Rita Hayworth, Anaïs Nin, Josephine Baker, Murasaki Shikibu, and all of the great creative women that inspire me to create art, erotica, dance, food, and live a sexual and sensual life.
My Nom de Plume “Butterfly” describes my lifelong power to transform, imagine, and reinvent myself. My life’s path has been about survival, full of obstacles, and overcoming difficulties. I have many stories. This “About Page” does not contain details, of which I have been urged to write. Even though I have led an interesting life, and have experienced a wealth of pleasure, not all of it was so wonderful, and there have been tremendous challenges. To tell the story of my own life, the raw contents of it, aside from a pen name and an “About Page”, would take some time to tell. But that is “memoir” and not “erotica”. For now, erotica. It’s something I take great pleasure in, and I am here to create pleasure.
In my non-fiction and personal essays, I would like to give insight on sensuality and sexuality, in an attempt to share with others, a myriad of wisdom gathered from my past experiences, to inspire and encourage. In my fictional erotica, I explore my own sexual fantasies with poetic language. Sometimes I just let the muse take over, to guide the story, weaving the conscious thoughts with the dream-like unconscious, never knowing what the story will be until it comes out on the page. I don’t plan each story out; it awakens, breathes, becomes alive on its own. Writing for me takes much more from my soul than painting. It requires more energy, contemplation. Paintings are active and reflective, the brush does its magic. Writing erotica is unearthing parts of my sexuality, and finding the treasures to share with the lovers of the world.
In her private life, “Butterfly” is a mother of three beautiful children, and lives with her family in Los Angeles. She enjoys biking, spinning, walking on the beach, and exploring the abundant pleasures of local farmers markets. She drives a minivan, and has recently achieved “cougar” status. To keep her sanity, she eats chocolate and has a good glass of wine. Or champagne. Or ‘Calm’ tea, heavily laden with chamomile. An avid sex toy and vibrator collector, and a great believer in Taoist sexual energetics. She fantasizes about Samurai Warriors and Wild Mongolians fighting duels to rival for her love. Needless to say, she has a yen for Asian men. Her ultimate fantasy is Chef Ming Tsai making her dinner.