Arlene Lagos Author Website

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Thank you so much for following me on this blog! When I first started this blog, I never imagined that I would write more than one book!

Now I have four books and fourteen short stories published and I’m about to release a new children’s novel in December, “Outside The Circle”!

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An Underground Female Mafia Surfaces In Charleston, SC

Coming June 2014!

An Underground Female Mafia
Surfaces in Charleston in new novel “Butterflies Wake

Author Arlene Lagos, to hold book signing and release party
At Triangle Char Bar

August 15, Charleston, SC- The highly anticipated novel, “Butterflies Wake” by Arlene Lagos is coming back to Charleston where it all first began. The short-film-turned-novel is about an underground female Mafia who rights the wrongs of an unjust society.

The story was inspired by friends who appear not only in the short film, but also on the front cover of the book. The cover was photographed by Daniel Island native Jan Marvin at the Francis Marion Hotel downtown. Marvin also designed the cover of the book.

All ten women live in the Charleston, North Charleston, West Ashley, James Island, Daniel Island and Mount Pleasant areas and were in the making of the short film that debuted in 2011 at Film Meets Fashion.

Lagos will be back in Charleston for the release party and book signing which will be held on Friday, August 15th at Triangle Char Bar on 828 Savannah Hwy in West Ashley from 7pm-10pm.

Lagos has written poetry, stage plays, screenplays and short stories for over 20 years. In addition to writing Butterflies Wake, she’s also written the Beyond Earth Series, as well as twelve short stories that are published in the Giant Tales anthology.

For press inquiries or information about Butterflies Wake you can email Arlene Lagos >

Butterflies Wake Book Trailer:

The Butterfly Project


They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so perhaps its time we start taking pictures that change people’s minds? “The Butterfly Project” is a two-fold idea. One part being that it’s a satire riding on the wings of the novel, “Butterflies Wake,” I have coming out this summer.

The photos will be depicting everyday women of all different shapes, sizes, colors and ages; pictures of a soccer mom, a stay-at-home mom, a career woman, a gardener, a yoga instructor, a piercer, a hairstylist, etc.

But something in the photos will sneak out and grab you…something to show that these women, as warm and loving as they are, will fight back if necessary. They will all be holding something that could be used as a weapon. It shouldn’t be anything obvious such as a knife or a gun; rather something simple like a rolling pin, a pair of knitting needles, a nail file, a sharp stiletto, hair shears, etc.

The message I’m hoping to get across in these photos is simple:

“We are not afraid”

The second message that I’m hoping to get across is:

“You are not alone”

While this project is marketing for my book on a satirical level, it is also a very strong message on a feminist level. I want them to speak to women across the world that they can go from victim to victor; it’s all a matter of perspective and support.

This is your challenge as photographers if you choose to accept it. I want to put together photos from around the country of women like this. Each project will be named after its region. For example, “The Butterflies of Boston,” or “The Butterflies of Charleston” and so on and so forth.

I’ll be accepting photo submissions from now until June 30th. I will pick five winners to be featured on the cover of Book 2, Butterflies Rising. I will also be making a compilation photo book of all acceptable materials to be published. Any money made from the sale of the photo book will be split among the photographers based on number of photos submitted, etc. I have two magazines already interested in this project so you may also have your work featured in magazine print as well.

This book is fiction but the problems are real. Help me create a conversation.