Octavia ButlerAuthor Octavia Butler was raised primarily by her grandmother and widowed mother (also named Octavia), who worked as a maid. “I didn't like seeing her go through back doors,” the author said in an interview with Publisher’s Weekly. “If my mother hadn't put up with all those humiliations, I wouldn't have eaten very well or lived very comfortably. The stories apparently gave his friends nightmares, and his mother, Margaret, forced him to stop selling them when she found out. All of these themes appear in the author’s novel Sons and Lovers, published in 1913.