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By 2006, I had read thousands of books, and like every want-to-be, I wanted write one.
I was already a writer. I had moved from a weekly in Woodstock, Virginia to Highlands Today in Sebring, Florida, my 13th newspaper, but whipping out 300-word newspaper stories every day wasn’t the same as plotting and writing a 300-page novel. I needed help to get started. I went to Books-A-Million and the library and found dozens of writing books on the shelves. However, the more I read, the more I knew what I didn’t know. Where could I get more training?
Lucky me, Florida is Mecca for writers. In the next few years, I found Vic Digenti’s novel-in-a-day workshop and Sharon Y. Cobb’s how-to-write-comedy workshop at the University of North Florida, the Florida Writers Association conference in Orlando, the Florida Heritage Writers Conference in St. Augustine, and finally Patricia Charpentier’s memoir classes in Orlando.
By 2012, I used Patricia’s prompts to finish a memoir. However, the result was only 11,000 words, not long enough for a book. I incorporated that material into a novel. Eight years later, after buying four dozen writerly (is that a legit adverb?) books and attending seminars all over the peninsula, I finished a 76,000-word fiction manuscript.
Choosing The Title
This novel was originally called by the waaaay-too-pretentious title, The Sociological Plight of Fatherless Boys.
An Amazon search showed several novels with the next title, Daddy Issues, including one that was – judging by its cover – incestuously homoerotic.
After years of searching for an original title, I finally settled on To Daddy, Who I Never Loved.
WARNING - Themes include sex, drugs, racism, violence, suicide, bullying, molestation, lovemaking, and self-harm, which may upset or offend some readers.
Fatherlessness is one central theme of To Daddy, Who I Never Loved (319 pages, 76,000 words).
The U.S. Census estimates twenty million children today – one in four – live without fathers in their homes. Some never get the opportunity to love their daddies.
The other central theme is bullying. Everyone has daddy issues or mommy problems or sibling rivalries.
One in three younger siblings are intimidated so successfully by older brothers or sisters, they become meek. They are further bullied at school, and are frequent victims of child sexual abuse.
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