I started writing Will and Julia's story 13 years ago in Charleston, South Carolina! But New Milford, the setting of Butterfly Weeds, was inspired by the town in Missouri pictured below. It's the same small town where I spent my adolescence.
If you haven't had a chance to read Butterfly Weeds or its sequel, My Butterfly, you can find them on Amazon! Happy reading! ♥ Laura
“You’ll get in, and I’ll be happy for you. And we’ll find a way to be together--no matter what. If I have to sing songs on the sidewalks of New Milford to get to you, I’ll do it." -Will Stephens
You can now find ALL of my books, including Love Story and Pay It Forward, at Lizzy Lu Custom Wreaths in New Haven, Mo. AND they’re all signed! New Haven, Detmold, Berger, Hermann and Washington are all inspirations for most of the settings in my novels. So, if you’re in the area, make your way downtown to the place my very first story began! And while you’re there, check out the store and snag some other really cool local finds you can only get in New Haven, Mo.! ♥ Laura
Both Julia and Will's story have a new look! Find Butterfly Weeds and My Butterfly on Amazon and Amazon Unlimited!
Have you read all eight of my novels?! They all take place in small towns and involve characters that will probably remind you of the people you know or used to know! If you haven't read any OR all of them, I've put together a cheat sheet below to help you choose where to begin! They're in order of how I wrote them, starting in 2012, but you can read them in ANY order. And the best part, they're suitable for all ages! But if you get to the end, and you're still not quite sure where to start, I recommend The Life We Almost Had! Find them all on Amazon! Happy reading! ♥ Laura
"One of the most beautiful love stories I have ever read." -Jelena's Book Blog
"I have never met a more swoon-worthy character than Will Stephens."
For All You Have Left
"It takes you back to the innocence and joy of falling in love." -She Reads New Adult
By Way of Accident
"A classic, all-American, enchanting love story." -Southern Belle Book Blog
When Cicadas Cry
"Miller brings the small-town rumor mill to life." -Kathy Reads Fiction
A Bird on a Windowsill
"Captures the true essence of friendship and falling in love."
The Life We Almost Had
"The book that feeds my need for the perfect romance." -The Bookie Rookie
"Heart-breakingly beautiful." -Jenn and Books
"This one took a turn I didn't see coming." -Cyndy, Goodreads
Find them all on Amazon!
I'm so excited to announce that Butterfly Weeds, My Butterfly and For All You Have Left are now available at the MU Bookstore in Columbia, Mo. So, if you're looking for a paperback copy of either Will and Julia's story or Logan and Jorgen's and you're in the Columbia area, stop by the store on Rollins Road!
Now, you can listen to the
Butterfly Weeds and My Butterfly soundtracks on my YouTube playlist! Just hit Play All and listen away! And don't forget to look for the soundtrack to For All You Have Left in my interview with Nawanda Files coming soon!
I don't often write with music playing. My characters' words and thoughts do a pretty good job of filling my head instead. But there is no doubt a playlist silently playing in the background for each of my novels! I've included the soundtracks to Butterfly Weeds and My Butterfly below! This is by no means a final list. I'm sure there are other great songs that could also play in the background of each story! Feel free to add those songs in the comments if you have them! And look for the soundtrack to my latest novel, For All You Have Left, in my interview with Nawanda Files coming soon!
The Butterfly Weeds Soundtrack
1. Our Song – Taylor Swift
2. All We’d Ever Need – Lady Antebellum
3. Ho Hey – The Lumineers
4. Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
5. The Sound Of A Million Dreams – David Nail
6. Nobody's Home – Avril Lavigne
7. Dancin’ Away With My Heart – Lady Antebellum
8. Broken Strings – James Morrison ft. Nelly Furtado
9. Someone Like You – Adele
10. Back to December – Taylor Swift
11. Glass – Thompson Square
12. I Told You So – Carrie Underwood
13. What About Now – Westlife
14. Strawberry Wine – Diana Carter
15. I Just Call You Mine – Martina McBride
The My Butterfly Soundtrack
1. It Goes Like This – Thomas Rhett
2. Whatever She's Got – David Nail
3. Runnin Outta Moonlight – Randy Houser
4. Here Comes Goodbye – Rascal Flatts
5. Picture – Kid Rock & Sheryl Crow
6. Life After You – Daughtry
7. I Won’t Let You Go – Rascal Flatts
8. Best Thing – Blake Shelton
9. Comfortable – John Mayer
10. Need You Now – Lady Antebellum
11. Outta My Head – Craig Campbell
12. I Breathe In, I Breathe Out – Chris Cagle
13. What Hurts the Most – Rascal Flatts
14. Can't Shake You – Gloriana
15. Drops of Jupiter – Train
16. I Swear – John Michael Montgomery
I write stories about what I know. I grew up on a farm in small-town Missouri, so my characters and stories reflect this life and hopefully pay homage to all that goes with it, including the rain on tin roofs, old trucks with holes in the floorboards and summer nights full of stars, fireflies and tractor pulls!
So, please enjoy some of the photos that have inspired Butterfly Weeds, My Butterfly and For All You Have Left!
I write about rain on tin roofs, gravel roads, old trucks with holes in the floorboards and small-town summer nights. I grew up on a farm in a little Midwestern town. Now, I live in Kansas City, Mo., with my weatherman husband.
Laura Miller's first
contemporary romance novel, Butterfly Weeds, hit the Amazon Best-Seller's List and Top 100 in October 2012. The sequel to Butterfly Weeds, My Butterfly, released in June 2013. For All You Have Left, By Way of Accident, When Cicadas Cry and A Bird on a Windowsill followed. The Life We Almost Had debuted as a best-seller in 2018. Laura's latest small-town romance, The Dream, released in 2019 and is an Amazon #1 Best-seller. Also check out her book of poetry, entitled Love Story, and her children's book, Pay It Forward, available now!