Writer Dads ROCK: Nominate a Writer-Dad in our Father’s Day Contest!

Father’s Day is coming! And what better way to celebrate than to hold a contest for all the fabulous DADS out there who work, raise families and pen magnificent stories, juggling their passions to do it all.

How many writer-dads do you know through social media and face-to-face writing events? A ton I bet. One of my favorite Writer-dads is Matthew MacNish of QQQE. That man is a champion of YA literature, a query-wrangler, is always helping other writers and is a terrific dad to boot! Then there’s Jay Donovan of TechSurgeons who is planning a guide book, is a beta reader, a techno guru of epic proportions helping writers everywhere AND makes his kids loads of homemade lava cakes.  Heroes, these two, along with a million more out there!

Bottom line here? We love dads! You love dads! So let’s band together and celebrate some of the very special dads we all know in the writing community!


Up for grabs? One 3-pack of writerly goodness:

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The Emotion Thesaurus (winner’s choice, print or digital*)

The Positive Trait Thesaurus (winner’s choice, print or digital*)

The Negative Trait Thesaurus (winner’s choice, print or digital*)

(*Print copies are available inside the US, digital only outside the US)

So tell us…


Know a Writer Dad & want the world to know how awesome they are? 

Just post a comment below, nominating them for this prize! If they have a blog or twitter, link to it so people can visit. But most of all, tell us why YOU care about this person, and what makes them so awesome! (And please, let them know about this contest so they can come and read all the nice things you wrote about them!)

**Contest is now closed* A HUGE congratulations to Kimbra, who nominated Douglas Deane as her writer-dad pick!

Nominate as many writer-dads as you like, just create a separate comment for each to make it easier for us to draw for a winner. Good luck! 



Angela is a writing coach, international speaker, and bestselling author who loves to travel, teach, empower writers, and pay-it-forward. She also is a founder of One Stop For Writers, an online library packed with powerful tools to help writers elevate their storytelling.
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29 Responses to Writer Dads ROCK: Nominate a Writer-Dad in our Father’s Day Contest!

  1. Mart Ramirez says:

    So many great dad writers. I think they all make the top ten!

  2. Lovereen Moore says:

    My husband’s blog, Birthed into Fatherhood (www.birthedintofatherhood.com) is an incredible collection of stories that follow his journey into fatherhood. His content is always dynamic and witty – with a dash of history, small business tips, or whatever else comes into that large cranium of his. He’s a wonderful husband, father, and friend. Check him out!

  3. Hart Johnson says:

    This is hard because I am friends with Matt, Schwa AND Simon, but I want to add another dad to the mix: Christopher Ledbetter to the mix–his Smunchkin stories always warm my heart: http://caenus.blogspot.com

  4. Andrew says:

    I’m going to nominate my father, Frank Kendon. He was born in 1893 and died in 1959. He was mostly a poet but also wrote a novel, Martin Makesure, and an autobiography, The Small Years, for which he is, perhaps, best known.

    I have recently written a (very) short piece about him here: http://www.bubblews.com/news/3810013-my-father-frank-kendon

  5. Emily White says:

    I’m also going to vote for Schwa Micheals from Vice le Nerd. He’s a super talented writer and awesome dad. I’m crossing my fingers for him!

  6. Simon Larter says:

    Matt MacNish gets my vote. And not just because he nominated me. He’s a legit awesome dude. I drink to his health almost daily. (I’ll use any excuse for a drink, but, y’know, that’s a good one.)

  7. Great to see so many dads get shout outs! I wish we could send everyone books! Thanks and keep them coming–I’ll draw the winner tomorrow!

  8. Kimbra Wilder Gish says:

    I’m writing to nominate my favorite writer-dad, Paul Douglas Deane, @PaulDeane3 on Twitter. 🙂 He has a great poetry website at http://alliteration.net/, and he also has a great blog with book reviews and insightful posts at http://bookrealms.com

    Paul raised three brilliant and talented sons; he and his wife made the courageous choice to homeschool them. He’s Principal Research Scientist at ETS, but since 2002, he’s been collaborating with me on a young adult fantasy series. He isn’t my biological father, but he’s certainly mentored me as a writer. He has encouraged and supported my growth, teaching me things I didn’t know about how to be a real writer, things I wish I’d learned fifteen or twenty years sooner. I wouldn’t be the writer I am today without the mentoring he’s provided. I might note his eldest son is also a writer and a writing instructor, and I suspect he was influenced by his father’s love for writing, words, and books. All three of Paul’s children have had a passion for books seldom seen these days; I still remember the first time I met them, when each of his boys was traveling with a tote bag of books. Children get these qualities from their parents, and while I know both Paul and his wife Debbie have grown their children into readers, I think that for boys, it is particularly significant when their father shows them that books and reading are not “girl pastimes” and writing is not just “something girls do, keeping diaries.”

    Paul has been a dear friend over the years, always supportive and understanding – and he has helped me become a full-fledged novelist. I could never thank him enough. I hope this will demonstrate how grateful I am for his support.

    Kimbra Wilder Gish

  9. Tamara Meyers says:

    I would like to nominate Randy Ingermanson. He writes novels as well as non-fiction, has a M.A. and Ph.D. in physics, specializing in elementary particle theory, (which means he’s so smart that he probably has to carry half of his brain cells around in a basket), but he still manages to teach on a level that has helped thousands of pre-published authors around the world. He is a natural teacher with a self deprecating sense of humor and style that appeals to all ages and skill levels.

    Randy’s blog, books, e-zine and teaching at writing conferences, plus working as a consultant/part-time employee require much of his time and talent, but he still manages to balance this with being a husband and the proud father of three amazingly smart and talented daughters.


  10. I’d like to nominate Sigmund Brouwer. He’s not only a gifted writer of children and adult books, but does fabulous literacy presentation at schools. I know him personally, and consider him a friend. We had him at our school last year and everybody enjoyed him – he definitely has a way of keeping the kid’s attention the entire time. Our students love his books, just as much as I love his adult fiction. You can learn more about his work at his website: http://orcabook.com/rockandroll-literacy/

  11. Chuck Sambuchino says:

    Martha is very kind to nominate me, but I wish to take myself off the list. First of all, I’ve only been a dad for 1.5 years, so I feel like I don’t deserve to be on any lists quite yet (but thank you, Martha). And secondly, the person who deserves the attention (and award) is co-worker Brian A. Klems, who works for WD and also runs The Life of Dad blog. He even authored a book on parenting called OH BOY, YOU’RE HAVING A GIRL. He should win!

    • Brian is a great guy, and so are you Chuck!

    • :Donna Marie says:

      Chuck, that is so humble and gracious of you. Makes me admire you even more because I LOVE “humble.” 🙂 I’ve been reading your posts for years, gleaning a LOT of helpful info and since you’re in here reading these, it’s my chance to directly say “Thank you!” (I also nominated Brian as one of the dads.)

      I’m really enjoying hearing about all these great writer dads on here!

  12. Mart Ramirez says:

    James Scott Bell most def needs to be added to list. An amazing Dad Writer who does a TON for the writing community. Not only is he quick to share with writers, he is a genuine family man who cares deeply about his family.

  13. Mart Ramirez says:

    Love this!!!! I know of two amazing Dad Writers who do a TON for the writing community. And because they both rock, I have to nominate both. Not only are they quick to share with writers, they our genuine family men who care deeply about their family.

    I’d like to nominate Chuck Sambuchino and Brian A. Klems.

    Please pick them!!!!!!

    • Mart Ramirez says:

      I had added smiley faces but it didn’t show up. Here they are again:
      🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

      Pleeeeeeease pick them with a cherry on top 🙂

  14. Julie Musil says:

    What an awesome idea! I’ll nominate Mark Koopmans. He’s dad to some little cuties. His blog posts are so fun and often include his daddy adventures.

  15. I’ll second the nomination for Matthew MacNish!!

  16. I enthusiastically nominate Varian Johnson, whose second baby daughter was born this week and whose latest novel (and debut middle grade), The Great Greene Heist (Arthur A. Levine Books), launches tomorrow at BookPeople in Austin.

    Varian is also well published in YA literature, a graduate of the MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults at Vermont College of Fine Arts, active in Austin SCBWI, and a founder of The Brown Bookshelf, which raises awareness of books by authors of color.

    What’s more, he inspired #GreatGreeneChallenge a grassroots campaign in support of his latest release (but launched and supported independently by distinguished authors like Shannon Hale and John Green) as a model diversity read. Also, he has the best, most contagious laugh in all of publishing!

    • :Donna Marie says:

      Wow, Cynthia, so nice to hear so much wonderful stuff about him! I happen to have The Great Greene Heist here at bedside, next in queue to read after I finish The Mysterious Benedict Society. I have it here because it’s one of the books being discussed at the next #sharpschu book club meeting (http :// mrschureads. blogspot. com/2014/05/ the-july-sharpschu-book-club-meeting. html —minus spaces) and when I read that Cheryl Klein edited it, I was even more sold on wanting to read it. So nice to hear he’s a great dad, too 🙂

  17. This is a perfect opportunity for me to nominate a dad I believe deserves this recognition. His name is Sam Staley and he is a member of the Tallahassee Writers Association. He volunteers his time manning a tent each weekend he has the opportunity to market other writers in the association. That’s not why I want to nominate him, thougt it’s very commendable in itself.

    I want to nominate him because of his relationship with his daughter, Claire. I met Claire because he brought her into our writer’s critique group as she also has the passion bug for writing, and I had the opportunity to listen to her critiques about her father’s writing.

    How special is that to share that bond with your child, that passion for writing. For that reason alone, I’m nominating Sam.

  18. Suzanne says:

    Hi! I would like to nominate N.D. Richman who writes middle-school fiction with a special interest in “reluctant readers”. I believe he is an especially appropriate nominee for this particular award as he would not have become a writer had it not been for being the Dad of a reluctant reader (plus 3 more children). He wrote his first book “Brothers, Bullies, and Bad Guys” in an effort to engage his son in reading. The first book lead to a second “Sinners, Survivors, and Saints”, and a third book in the Boulton Quest series is currently in progress. You can read more about Dave’s motivation to write, his published books and more at:
    twitter: @RichmanND
    Hope you choose this well-deserving writer Dad!

  19. Tracy Rvachew says:

    I’d like to nominate ND Richman.

    He has written two fast paced action adventure books for reluctant readers. Kids absolutely love them because they are non-stop action adventure.

    He is a father of 4 children and loves adventures with them! From relaxing at the cabin to back country backpacking/hiking, the adventures with this father and his children don’t stop.

  20. Gloria Singendonk says:

    I nominate David Rvachew, who writes under the name N.D. Richman. David writes exciting adventure stories for reluctant readers that are set in Canada. He also, has four children, and works full time, often away from home.

    Check out his first two books at ndrichman.com

  21. :Donna Marie says:

    And I think I’ll also nominate Brian Klems. I also “know” him largely through his blog and Writer’s Digest posts. Also a VERY funny guy and quite the dad 🙂



  22. :Donna Marie says:

    I’ll nominate (first) Mike Allegra. I “know” him through blogs and will soon get to meet him in person at our upcoming conference. He’s VERY funny and just seems like the nicest guy 🙂


    Author of: http://www.albertwhitman.com/content.cfm/bookdetails/Sarah-Gives-Thanks

  23. Great nominations both! Thanks for giving them a shout out, and for being such an epic part of the writing community, Matt! 🙂

  24. Aw, Angela! This didn’t even show up in a Google alert yet. I just noticed you post about it on Facebook, and figured I’d come over and mention some writer dads I know.

    Schwa Michaels from Vive Le Nerd is a great dad, writer, and friend, and the same goes for Simon Larter from Write Drunk, Edit Sober.

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