For more than a decade, I’ve watched a good number of my fellow mom and dad bloggers take their hobbies to the next level, landing book deals and realizing their dreams of seeing themselves on book store shelves and Amazon pages.
I’m happy to announce that it is finally my turn to make the transition from computer screen to printed page.
No, it’s not a book deal. That was never a dream of mine.
But it is a book!
Dads Behaving Dadly 2: 72 More Truths, Tears and Triumphs is a collection of honest, heart-warming, and humorous stories by fathers from all over the world, including me! It’s the follow-up to last year’s wildly successful book, which did such a great job showing how dads can be active and involved parents.
The first volume did so well that editors Hogan Hilling and Al Watts decided to do a second book. And, of course, they felt that the state of Idaho needed some representation, so they contacted me about submitting a story of my own.
I like the idea of being included with 71 other fathers as we tell our tales of modern fatherhood. If you don’t like my story, just turn the page and get your money’s worth out of any of the other dads. It’s not all riding on me.
Honestly, though, I almost didn’t make it to the deadline. It took me a long time to write something for consideration, because the only idea that came to mind was an incident that happened to my family about seven years ago. It was a traumatic event, one which still gives me the shivers, and I wasn’t sure I wanted to relive those negative emotions, however briefly they passed through my life.
After several months, I finally decided to try typing out my little story. I ripped that band-aid, and found that it wasn’t so bad. It actually felt kind of good to get my tale of fatherly fear off my chest.
Does that whet your appetite? Do you want to know more about what caused me so much pain and frustration? Well, you’ll just have to buy the book when it comes out. All I can tell you now is that my story may or may not involve a bear, a serial killer, and the Crown Jewels of England.
There will be such a wide variety of voices that you can’t help but love this book. Dads from all different backgrounds, races, and family dynamics, will appear. There are working, at-home, divorced, step, single, military and gay dads, as well as dads of children with special needs. I know many of these guys, and they are all incredible writers. It’s an honor to be listed among them.
Dads Behaving Dadly 2: 72 More Truths, Tears and Triumphs debuts in June, and will be on sale at all the usual places. Watch for it! I’m sure I’ll remind you about it when the times comes.