By Carole Stivers

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Set in post-Katrina New Orleans, this nuanced murder mystery unravels a tale of clashing social values and long-simmering animosities, stirred in the wake of a devastating storm. Join us as we read The Butterfly Garden.

Meet the Author: Carole Stivers

Carole Stivers is a Silicon Valley biochemist whose “home genre” is science fiction. Her near-future science fiction novel The Mother Code is on track for publication by Berkley Books (Penguin Random House) in May 2020. It has already been sold in countries around the world, including the UK, Germany, France, Holland, Spain, and Brazil. And, it was recently optioned for film by Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment.

In addition to her passion for science fiction, Carole has been a life-long fan of mystery—starting as a child reading Nancy Drew, graduating to Agatha Christie and “Ellery Queen,” and later to John Grisham and Scott Turow. “A good mystery is not too far a cry from a good work of science fiction. Both deal with intricate human relationships, strained by extraordinary circumstances,” Stivers says. “And if the mystery includes a twist of science, all the better!”

Yearly visits to the California coast’s many monarch butterfly refuges, coupled with multiple trips to New Orleans before and after Katrina, suggested the perfect plot and setting for her mystery story The Butterfly Garden, a tale of clashing social values and long-simmering animosities, stirred in the wake of a devastating storm.

Carole’s favorite tea is Arbor Teas’ Organic Jasmine Green Tea. “After hours of steeping, the floral richness of this tea only deepens, without any bitter aftertaste,” she says. “It’s the perfect fuel for keeping the creative juices flowing!”