Today MW welcomes a very special guest. Christina Katz, author of Writer Mama.
Christina Katz is the author of Get Known Before the Book Deal, Use Your Personal Strengths to Grow an Author Platform (Writer’s Digest Books). She started her platform “for fun” seven years ago and ended up on “Good Morning America.” Christina teaches e-courses on platform development and writing nonfiction for publication. Her students are published in national magazines and land agents and book deals. Christina has been encouraging reluctant platform builders via her e-zines for five years, has written hundreds of articles for national, regional, and online publications, and is a monthly columnist for the Willamette Writer. A popular speaker at writing conferences, writing programs, libraries, and bookstores, she hosts the Northwest Author Series in Wilsonville, Oregon. She is also the author of Writer Mama, How to Raise a Writing Career Alongside Your Kids (Writer’s Digest Books).
Daddy Lust: I Just Love It When You…Read Bedtime Books So I Can Write!
By Christina Katz
Since Mamawriters is a community for moms who write romance, I feel emboldened to share how much I lust after my husband. Not only when he does the dishes, empties the litter box, or (sigh) vacuums. I especially (heart) him when he reads my daughter bedtime books.
Not only do daddies who read bedtime stories do something wonderful for their children, they give moms a much-needed pre-bedtime break to hop online and connect with other moms, read that blog feed, or write!
Okay, so none of those things are particularly sexy—unless you are reading or writing romance, of course—but a little mommy-alone time is the kind of thing that fills a writer mama’s heart with glee.
But back to the guy who relieves me every night. My husband, Jason, has been reading to our daughter, Samantha, for over seven years, since she was just squiggly thing in my belly.
I thought this gesture was so touching. Until guess whose voice she recognized first just after being born?
Nope. (Although she gazed at me in a distinctly unwavering manner, like, “Yeah, that’s my mom. Mmm-hmm. Yup, I’d recognize her anywhere.”)
It was Daddy’s.
Of course, right? We do all the heavy sweating and who gets the glory?
At her Kindergarten teacher’s conference, Samantha’s teacher mentioned what a good reader she was and that she could “sight read” almost all the kindergarten-level words.
And who gets all credit?
Uh-uh. Still Daddy.
But please don’t think I am complaining. Far from it! In fact, I am in my home office, typing away like a maniac on this guest post right now, as my husband reads our daughter Stuart Little by E.B. White in the other room.
I love chapter books!
But not as much as I love Daddy.
I once asked my husband for his top reading recommendations for younger kids. See what you think:
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown
The Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown
Goodnight Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann
Dr. Suess’s ABC by Dr. Seuss
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
Olivia by Ian Falconer
Once Upon a Potty by Alona Frankel
Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton
Abuela by Arthur Dorros
Franny B. Kranny, There’s a Bird in Your Hair by Harriet Lerner and Susan Goldhor
Now that our daughter is older, she and her dad favor variety in the form of stacks of books from the library rather than the tried and true favorites read over and over.
What are your child’s favorite books to hear aloud?
After you share a few with us, see if you can talk your significant other into picking up the nighttime book-reading duty. Tell him there is lust involved…and you’ll be back in just a little while to tell him all about it.
Make the most of what you have…to author!
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