I’m still taking interview questions. I’ve got a dozen or so good ones, but nothing silly yet. Knowing y’all, this surprises me. If you’re interested, e-mail a question at email@example.com and I’ll add you to the drawing to win a copy of Strip Mauled. All I ask is that you post the Q&A on 10/6 when Mermaid officially comes out.
This was what I saw Sunday afternoon in the SF/F section at Schuler Books in the Meridian Mall. Isn’t it a beautiful sight?* That little hand belongs to my son, who lit up at the sight of Daddy’s books on the shelf. He was almost as excited as I was.
Of course, he got bored fast when he had to wait for Daddy to sign everything. But then I took him back and showed him the dedication page for Goblin War. He read the letters one by one, and all the energy came rushing back. “That’s me!” Then he looked up at me and asked, “Why is my name in your book?”
It’s a good question, and got me thinking about the dedications I’ve done, and why. In part, dedicating a book is a gift I can give that feels special. But there’s more.
Goblin War: To My Son
Because you embody everything I love about my goblins–the cleverness, the humor, the berserker attacks against your Daddy…
Because even if you betray me and ascend to the rank of Death God, I’ll still watch over you and protect you.
Because of Shadowstar’s “He’s my son” scene on pages 300-302.
Stepsister Scheme: To My Daughter
- Because my wishes for you include Snow’s joy, Talia’s strength, and Danielle’s heart.
- Because you’re as beautiful as any princess.
- Because you don’t need to be rescued.
- Because without you, this series wouldn’t exist.
Mermaid’s Madness: To My Wife
- Because this was the worst deadline pressure I’d ever experienced, and you still loved me when it was all over.
- Because in so many ways, you are the Beatrice of this family. (Even though your Dad’s pontoon boat isn’t quite as cool as the Phillipa.)
- Because part of this series is about family and teamwork, and you’ve taught me so much about both.
I didn’t know how to explain all of this to a four-year-old. So I just told him it was because I loved him, and that I’d explain it more when he was older. He seemed content with this. But the whole thing left me feeling unusually sappy, so I thought I’d share with you all.
*Most bookstores won’t have it in stock yet … though it might be worth a phone call to check 😉
September 22, 2009 @ 10:18 am
Those are beautiful dedications.
It’s a wonderful way to show your love.
Thank you for sharing Jim.
All the best to you & yours,
Shannon Reinbold-Gee/Saoirse Redgrave
September 22, 2009 @ 7:28 pm
Those are wonderful dedications and so special because they are so unique. I recently got to write the Dedication of my debut novel to my mother. It is a great way to reflect on what we do as writers and family members.