Introducing ‘The Butterfly Princess’

November 21, 2017 / no comments


Written and illustrated by Bill Westerfield

Welcome to the kingdom of Golden Hill. A world of magical creatures, witches, talking animals and one incredibly brave young girl.

I am proud to introduce my first novel, ‘The Butterfly Princess’, a middle-grade fantasy following the footsteps of CS Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

The Butterfly Princess will never be better than it is in my head. In there, inside my head, it’s perfect. The trick I’ve found is reaching into the deep excesses of mind and pulling that story out intact. As most professional writers know that isn’t as easy as one might think. I can only hope that my dedication to this project has paid off and when you finally have the opportunity to read this young princess’s adventure, you enjoy it too.

Rose is a strong-willed but troubled young girl. Her home, the Kingdom of Golden Hill, has lived under a dark cloud since her beloved brother, the crown prince James, ran away. His abrupt departure left a once tight-knit family in tatters. Now, two years on, Rose is in grave danger. Banrion, the Shadow Witch has waited a long time to strike and on Rose’s birthday, the opportunity arrives. Rose is cursed, turned into a butterfly and brought to Banrion’s distant lair.

Banrion, the Shadow Witch (detail)

Banrion, the Shadow Witch (detail)

Banrion has a cruel game in mind: Rose is released and must get home before the setting of that night’s full moon to reverse the spell. If Rose fails, she will remain a butterfly, and lose her memories.

Once Rose’s desperate quest begins, many creatures come forward to help — even a few Banrion would never suspect. An ambitious plan is hatched utilizing other cursed victims, known as changelings. Their mission: to serve as Rose’s guides across the many dangerous miles. A powerful bond is forged between Rose and her newfound friends, redefining for her the true meaning of family.

But, even with their help, nothing is certain, the road is long and full of twists and surprises. Banrion has many eyes and she doesn’t play fair.

Artwork for ‘The Butterfly Princess’

Illustrations were created for The Butterfly Princess to help promote this project. It was interesting adventure discovering what I could illustrate without creating any spoilers for the story. In the end, I settled on ten paintings. Many of them acting as a POV from the heroine’s perspective. These illustrations will be available for sale at my Etsy Store.

All Butterfly Princess artwork is available for sale two ways. The first is with the book’s title incorporated into the artwork. The other is to have the artwork free of text. Yes, that nasty watermark will not be on the finished piece of art. Have it your way.


Each giclee is printed on Superior, ULTRA THICK 310gsm William Turner Matt FineArt Paper by Hahnemuehle utilizing Epson UltraChrome K3 with Vivid Magenta ink cartridges (pigment-based) for unprecedented gray balance, outstanding tonal range, and astounding color reproduction. Archival-quality, Genuine mould-made 100% white cotton paper with a matte watercolor texture.
Collectors will enjoy its true matte surface with elegant texture. All giclees are fade resistant and museum quality.

All work is available on Etsy at Stubborn Pixel Studios