Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Guest Blogger

Today, in lieu of writing my own post, I've got a Very Special Guest Post for you. To preface, the man who wrote this is one of my heroes and always has been. For example, when I was a little girl and could see witches and monsters outside my window, they'd always be held at bay if he was around. When I was an older girl and dealing with monsters in my head, he'd always notice and help me work through things. He's supported me my entire life, and I don't think anyone was prouder or less surprised when I got my book deal.

I give you: My Dad.

Hi, Kiersten's dad here. First I must admit that I do not blog, blahg or blargh. I do faithfully follow Kiersten Writes and I absolutely love, love, love it! While Kiersten may not include many personal details, the blog is unmistakably Kiersten's personality! I also read each of your comments and enjoy them! I visit a few of your sites as well.

Also, I must admit is that I do not write. And (gasp) I don’t really read much. I very seldom finish reading a book. I start quite a few, but they do not hold my attention and get put on the shelf. The only books I finish are the ones where after a few chapters I lay in bed at night wondering what is going to happen to so-and-so and will happen next. I am happy to tell you that Paranormalcy fits into that category. I would lay awake in bed worrying about Evie and how she was going to survive, even though I knew there was a sequel planned!

Kiersten started preparing to write Paranormalcy before she was in kindergarten, writing (or drawing) creative stories. She begged for new books all through elementary, jr. high and high school. She asked for tickets to writers conferences for her birthdays. She devoured books and remembered all the characters and story lines. She read and wrote and read and wrote and never gave up. She would come out of her room sobbing because either a character died, or something wonderful happened to them.

I imagine I am describing most of you!

My main message is keep at it! I love your comments and I am sure that your families love seeing your creativity and personality on your blogs/blahgs/blarghs and in your writing.

Best of luck to all of you!

Sincerely,

Kiersten's Dad

There you have it. My dad says keep at it--so keep at it! (I know, best dad ever, huh?)

Also, I will never forgive Lucy Maude Montgomery for killing Matthew.

30 comments:

Natalie Whipple said...

Aww, that was great. I love supportive family! I don't know if I could write without my wonderful family members backing me.

Carrie Harris said...

Okay, that's awesome. Can I be adopted into your family?

Lora said...

This is so sweet! And, Kiersten, I bawled for days over Matthew's death in Anne of Green Gables...but it was even worse when her baby died in Anne's House of Dreams--unforgivable!

Years later I read Lucia, Lucia by Adriana Trigiani (love her!) and when the baby died I immediately thought, "Oh no this is as bad as when Anne and Gilbert's baby died!" like they were relatives or something. :)

Love the post and thank u for encouragement.

DebraLSchubert said...

Dear Kiersten's Dad,

You're the bomb and you totally rock. Thanks for being Kiersten's dad and supporting her throughout her life. She's a real treasure to us here in the blogosphere.

All best,
Debbie

Marybeth Poppins said...

Awe...your dad is almost as cute as mine! ... almost ;)

Whirlochre said...

Can I place my order for a Kiersten's Dad Rocks T shirt now?

Or do I have to wait till next September when Paranormalcy hits the bookshops?

Erin said...

Thanks, Kiersten's Dad! You're swell. Also, so is your daughter. Good work! And thanks for the parental encouragement.

lotusgirl said...

My dad's not much of a reader either. He's more a man of action, but he's very supportive too. What would we do without our families?

Kristan said...

Omg I always cry about Matthew, whether rereading the book or rewatching the movie... AoGG is one of my all time faves!

Karen said...

Oh, my goodness. Thank you, Kiersten's dad. I love dad pep talks! What is it about your dad saying, "I'm proud of you," that can cancel out all the rejection letters in the world?

And it is official. We are kindred spirits.

Andrea Cremer said...

Hi Kiersten's Dad! Thanks for the lovely post (I always cry when Matthew dies!)

Caroline Starr Rose said...

Hooray, Dads!

And Matthew's death, that was painful. Have you read The Journals of LM Montgomery? A million times better than her books (and I've read and loved every one).

Sandy Shin said...

Oh, this is such a sweet post. Your dad's so awesome!

Michelle Wolfson said...

Hi Kiersten's Dad. I hope I get to meet you next NYC trip. And who says you don't write? You just let me be the judge of that. We'll talk more in person. :)

Kasie West said...

Okay, that just made me miss my dad soooo much. You rock, Kiersten's dad. A supportive dad is the best gift any daughter can ask for. :)

Susan Quinn said...

Definitely Best Dad Ever.

Excuse me, I need to go email my dad and make sure he knows where to find my blog . . .

~Jamie said...

Goes to call her dad....

Mariah Irvin said...

It's nice to meet you, Kiersten's dad! Stop by again sometime; I'm sure I'm not the only one that would love to learn more about you!

Tara McClendon said...

Amazing! It's awesome to see such support!

Kimberly Franklin said...

Awww, your dad is so sweet and you're lucky to have him.

Supportive families are great motivators. Plus they have to read our work... and like it. : )

Katie said...

awww so precious!!!!!!! What a fab dad! And so supportive and encouraging.

Rock on!

Julie said...

This was really nice! Makes me miss my dad. :(

Jessie Oliveros said...

Your dad sounds like you:) And that was the character you cried over? I loved him, too, especially since he bought puffy sleeves, but I think I would have been sadder if she killed Gilbert all the way.

Kimberly Derting said...

Aww, I love your dad's guest post! Very sweet!!!

sraasch said...

Aw, yay for daddies! You're so lucky :D

patdwhite said...

Thanks everybody! And please do give your dads a call or drop them a line, they will love it!

Kiersten White said...

I'm pretty sure I could make a mint by renting out my dad : ) I even had friends request that back in high school...

AM said...

I'm impressed by your father. I see where you got at least some of your terrific personality from.

I fear you are demonstrating that genetics plays a critical role in our ultimate success. If so, I'm doomed. ;^)

(I'm just kidding,mom.)

Thanks for the terrific posting, Kiersten's Dad.

Stephanie Perkins said...

Dear Kiersten's Dad,

Your daughter is one of my favorite people in the entire world. Thank you for making her, and thank you for supporting her.

Love,
Steph

Laci said...

Kiersten, you are so lucky to have your dad's support! My family thinks I'm crazy for writing, thank goodness my husband understands. I envy you for having such great parents that let you read so much when you were younger (*meaning* not getting annoyed that you were so into books and had a connection to the characters). I love your post's and I look forward to the laughs you give me. :)