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By Sentinel News Service

For those of you not familiar with actress and director Tanya Wright, Wright plays the role of Deputy Kenya Jones on HBO's highly acclaimed original series “True Blood”.  She is also known for other television and film roles including “24”, “NYPD Blue”, “ER” and “THE Cosby Show” where she played the girlfriend of Theo.

Recently, Wright completed her directorial debut in the yet released “Butterfly Rising” movie.  She considers herself to be a part of a new breed of filmmakers who is taking her destiny by her own hands.  She made her movie independently and self-published her novel.

Wright is thrilled about the publication of her gripping novel, “Butterfly Rising”, which was inspired by her own experience with personal tragedy and transformation. 

Wright channels her powerful sense of drama and human emotion into the unforgettable and compelling story of two women who form an unlikely, lifelong friendship and their fateful encounter with the mysterious ‘Lazarus of the Butterflies.’

When singer Lilah Belles’ brother dies, she decides to leave her hometown of Lucasville to find solace on the open road.  Seeking a companion for the journey, she coaxes Rose Johnson, whose provocative reputation with other women’s husbands is the stuff of legends in the small town, to come along for the ride.  These two broken souls steal a vintage truck and head toward a town called Newhope, where a chance encounter with the mythical, and possibly magical, ‘Lazarus of the Butterflies’’ brings about riveting changes for Rose and Lilah, altering their lives in ways that neither could have expected.  The journey results in an unforgettable spiritual awakening which binds the women together forever. 

Many don’t know but Wright has been writing very quietly in the background of her acting career and has amassed a stockpile of feature scripts and pilots.  She worked briefly at the New York Times and her screenplay, “A Turn to Grace” was a semi-finalist in the prestigious Nicholl’s Screenwriting Competition.  In addition, Wright’s play, “Prelude to a Revolution”, was work-shopped at the Mark Taper’s Blacksmyth’s Play writing lab.  

Wright shared with the Sentinel that she is also excited by the social media possibilities available to creative entrepreneurs who are interested in economic empowerment. 

“I hope the message in Butterfly Rising inspires people to believe in their dreams, no matter how far-reaching they may seem,” Wright says.  In today’s world, it’s easy to put or dreams last on our daily list of ‘things to do.’ Butterfly Rising, a bumpy and emotional journey toward hope and rebirth, is a story that suggests our dreams may actually be the bridge to leading a productive, fulfilling and extraordinary life.  The journey of Lilah and Rose also exemplifies that second chances are infinitely real and deserved,” Wright says. 

Wright will make an appearance at ESO -WON Bookstore in Los Angeles on December 14, 7-8:30PM.

For more information visit www.butterflyrising themovie.com


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