What Makes A Family
by Kristina Knight, author of The Daughter He Wanted (Harlequin Superromance)
I’ve been a mom now for just over six years and I have to say it’s been the most fun time — and the most draining! — of my life. Mothers, whether ours by birth or choice, are the most important people in our lives. I’ve been lucky in my life. I have a great mom, a wonderful mother-in-law and a core group of strong women in my past who have helped make me the woman I am today.
There was Grandma Grice (who was always referred to by both names, I don’t know why, but wouldn’t her last name make a great first name?). She was my great-grandmother on my mom’s side of the family. She would wake up early with me in the summers when I visited her in North Carolina and walk with me for miles along the beach looking for shells.
There was Big Mommy (who stood 5-feet flat and was dwarfed by my 6’0 “Big Daddy”), who talked to me and listened to my stories. She was my paternal grandmother. She’s probably the reason I’m writing today. I remember one morning when my brother and I were staying at the farm, the guys were out in the field and I was “helping” Big Mommy cook. And telling her a story of some sort. She turned to me and said, “Kristi, why don’t you write this one down, so I’ll always have it?” So I did and I’ve been writing ever since.
Paige, the heroine from my new Superromance The Daughter He Wanted, is doing her best to be the kind of mother she grew up watching on television. The only problem is Alex Ryan, the man who might be her daughter’s father, because he might be the perfect sit-com dad and that makes Paige doubt her own ability to mother her daughter.
I had such fun writing Paige’s and Alex’s story, taking them out of the comfortable limbo they’d both been living in before each getting a strange phone call. Some of the best experiences in my life have happened when I was completely uncomfortable but also unwilling to go back to that comfortable place. What about you, readers? Do you push yourself out of the comfortable confines of your life from time to time?
About The Daughter He Wanted:
The Daddy Surprise
Since the loss of his wife, Alex Ryan has been living a half-life. But with one phone call, Alex discovers he’s the biological father of a four-year-old girl…and everything changes.
Single mom Paige Kenner preferred to have a family without the man. Now suddenly there’s Alex, who desperately wants to be a father to her little girl. A gorgeous, kind and committed father. Letting a stranger into their lives is far too dangerous—especially if his presence stirs a part of Paige that she longs to forget…