Novelist. Octavia Estelle Butler was born in Pasadena, California, to Laurice Butler and Octavia M. Butler in 1947. Her father, a shoeshine man, died while Butler was young. After his death, Butler’s mother supported the family through domestic service. Raised in a Baptist household in a racially mixed neighborhood, Butler started writing at the age of ten. A shy and solitary child, Butler wrote as a means of escape.
Salem Press Biographical Encyclopedia, 2020. 2p.