Monday, June 23, 2008

A few interview questions

I am searching for heartfelt and inspirational stories about mother-daughter relationships, stories that share wisdom and teach important moral and life lessons, stories from which daughters and moms might derive hope and guidance after reading them.

What did you learn from this unique parent-child relationship, how it has changed over the years, how you two dealt with conflict, etc? The stories can be about good or bad times, as long as the result is something others can learn from. There are no format or length requirements.

For more information about submitting your story, please visit my website,, and click the red corner on the home page, just beneath the “Projects” tab.

I’m also conducting recorded telephone interviews for those who prefer to tell rather than write their story. Just send me an email with your phone number and dates/times you are available. Interviews typically last 30-45 minutes.

If this is your first visit to my blog, please read the Frequently Asked Questions posted on March 20, 2008.

The deadline for submitting your story or participating in an interview is July 15, 2008.

Now on to today’s post~

I received this touching note from a loving dad the other day:

“I sat at lunch this afternoon and had a chance to read your book, ‘Why a Daughter Needs a Dad’, which I received as a Father's Day gift this year. By the time I was done, I had tears in my eyes, knowing that what you had written about were all the things I hope to be, do, teach and mean to my little girl. While I feel I have a long way to go in meeting all of those goals, I hope my little one knows how much she means to me. I too, had hoped for a girl, a precious little bundle of girl. At one time I wanted a boy, a young man, a golfing buddy, a fishing partner, but oh how wrong I was to think a girl could not be all that and more to me.”

And here is Part One of an interview I gave about Daddy’s Little Girl:

What motivated you to write this book? In other words tell us a little bit about the story behind the story?

The reasons for writing Daddy’s Little Girl are twofold. Firstly, my daughter Meagan just graduated from high school and is now preparing to enter college. Nearly every day we are reminded that in just over three months she will not only leave home, but our community as well. For her, this book is a reflection on the times we’ve spent together since I wrote Why a Daughter Needs a Dad, and a reminder that though she may leave the nest, she can never leave my heart. Secondly, my step-daughter, Linley, has now lived nearly four years with me and is embracing a new kind of daddy-daughter relationship, one that can be had with a step-dad. For her, this book is a promise that she can have as much of me as she wants; in these stories I hope she sees just how much that can be.

Are there other books brewing in your mind?

I’m currently working on its companion, Mom’s Little Angel, a collection of stories exploring the nuances of the mother-daughter relationship; it should be available for Mother’s Day next year. It’s an interesting project because while I am hearing stories similar to those told to me for Daddy’s Little Girl, I am also hearing stories that are distinctively feminine.

I’m also working on a memoir, tentatively titled Outnumbered and Overruled, hoping to share my personal stories someday about living as the only male in a household of four. I’m sure that’s an experience many men can relate to.

How did you come up with the title, "Daddy's Little Girl"? Were there other titles?

There were several working titles while the book was in development but the final one was the idea of my editor, Cynthia DiTiberio. I think it’s perfect.

Tune in for Part Two tomorrow. Well, I guess that’s enough for today. Thanks so much for visiting my blog. Now go out and hug somebody!

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