I’m so happy to be on Writerspace, talking about my new book, About That Night. One of my favorite scenes in this book involves Archie, my couple’s nine-month-old son. I wanted to write this character with realism, and even though my own child is eleven, I went through old pictures and my kid’s baby book, remembering what life was like with an active toddler.
The sleepless nights, the teething, the diaper changes, I wanted all that to be shown on page. At nine months my kid was walking with assistance, I remember spending what felt like days hunched over, walking around the house with my exploring child. The feeding schedules and everything else, I didn’t want to forget a thing. I knew not all of it would make it into the book, and there would be times I would need the baby to behave when a real one might not, but I strived for the realism balance.
I also didn’t want to forget that small, smiling face, showing off only a few teeth, and how easily that melted hearts. Especially as the story opens with my hero, Nolan, not knowing he has a child. So each moment was special and ripe for emotion.
And comedy. In fact, baby Archie ended up being a prime source of comedy while writing. Nolan’s scenes with his son are full of that brand new, I don’t know what I’m doing, parent moments. Funny and relatable, because each parent finds their own way.
Which brings us up to my favorite scene. Heroine Izzy is sleeping, and Nolan wants to let her stay that way. Therefore he attempts his first diaper change on his own. It turns into a messy ordeal, and I couldn’t skip having Archie pee on his father! Babies need to claim everything around them, and this one was no different.
Teething babies don’t settle easily, so Nolan ends up bringing the baby with him to the bathroom to wash his hands. On the floor between his father’s feet, Archie decides to chomp down on Nolan’s big toe!
Never fear, father and son end up in story time together, and through all the comedy and mishaps, have a bonding moment.
Children bring a lot of stress to our lives, but also a lot of fun and magical moments. I so enjoyed writing baby Archie and I hope my readers enjoy him as well!
Giveaway: I will be giving away an ebook copy of About That Night to one person who comments!