Complementing my interviews, today’s Author Spotlight, the two hundred and sixtieth, is of non-fiction author Carol A Butler. If you would like to take part in an author spotlight, take a look at https://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/author-spotlights.
Carol A Butler leads an interesting life. Her day job is as a psychoanalyst and mediator in private practice in Manhattan, providing therapy for adults and couples and mediating divorces as well as family and business disputes. She is an Adjunct Assistant Professor and Clinical Supervisor at NYU in the Department of Applied Psychology, and a docent at the American Museum of Natural History.
After she completed her training as a mediator, she teamed up with a fellow trainee to try to generate some business. They offered a one-day course at NYU’s School of Continuing Education, but not enough people signed up for the course and it was cancelled– but a literary agent saw the course blurb and persuaded them to write a book.
The Divorce Mediation Answer Book was published by Kodansha America in 1999.
On a sunny summer Sunday afternoon in 2004, she was volunteering at an event in Central Park, and she found herself in a tent full of butterflies…and she was hooked. She volunteered that evening to work in the American Museum of Natural History’s butterfly vivarium, and she can be found there on Friday afternoons.
Her interest grew as she learned more in order to answer the questions posed by visitors, and she began photographing butterflies in the vivarium and in the field. She asked a colleague to join her in writing a book about butterflies and moths, and she found a new agent by searching online (the first one had quit the business).
Do Butterflies Bite? was published by Rutgers University Press in 2008, followed by Do Bats Drink Blood?, Why Do Bees Buzz?, Do Hummingbirds Hum?, and How Fast Can a Falcon Dive? For each book she located an expert on that animal to serve as her co-author so she would have guidance and credibility for the text.
She also co-authored a book on salt marshes, Salt Marshes: A Natural and Unnatural History, and her most recent book, Knowing Horses, was published in 2012 by Storey Press. Except for the salt marsh book, her books are written in question and answer format, first giving a direct answer to a wide range of questions and then following most answers with a sophisticated discussion of the topic and the latest relevant research.
And now from the author herself…
I am always curious about new challenges, and I find that things develop when I am active and enthusiastic. My life, as is true for many people, is a story of one thing leading to another and another, some interesting and some not. I grew up in the Bronx, and I was coerced to attend the Bronx High School of Science. I discovered that I enjoyed it, and I later married my high school sweetheart and had two children. I majored in music as an undergraduate because I liked it and had no other clear direction. After college, inspired by a terrific philosophy professor, I began a Master’s degree in philosophy but realized quickly that it was a wrong turn. After another detour of six-months at an actuarial firm, I started working at the New York State Employment Service as an interviewer. I said yes to every special project, ended up working with men coming out of jail, which led to a job at a residential treatment center that sent me back to school for my MA. I was supervised there by a psychoanalyst, and I continued on for my Ph.D. while completing psychoanalytic training.
Working at AMNH, I made contacts that were invaluable in writing the natural science books, and it also led to being asked to co-host an internet radio program– The Naturalist on the Heritage Radio Network– that has been great fun. Archived programs can be found here: http://www.heritageradionetwork.com/programs/25-The-Naturalist. A few years ago, I responded to an inquiry and was hired to teach at the Harlem Family Institute, a psychoanalytic training facility. Along the way, I have edited and written for psychology and mediation publications, in print and online, and I have served (present and past) in various capacities on several boards.
Now I’m developing a proposal for my next book and looking forward to the next interesting opportunity.
You can learn more about Carol and her books at:
She is also on Facebook under her own name and as The Naturalist, and is working on connecting with Twitter.
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