Welcome to another edition of Open Book Blog Hop. This week’s question is: “Are any of your characters fans of a particular sports team?” In the following excerpt from my latest novel, Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me, sixteen-year-old Natalie discovers that Bill, her biological father, and Daryl, the man married to her mother, are both fans of the Denver Broncos.
That afternoon, while Mom and Sarah were at the nursing home and Dad was downstairs in the living room watching a ball game, I sat at my desk and stared at the screen of my iPad. For the past few days, I’d worked on this essay for my English class harder than I’d worked on anything in my life. I’d done all the research and put the paper together as best I could. The spelling and grammar were correct, and it made sense. But was it University of Wyoming material? There was only one way to find out.
I attached it to an email message to Bill Hadley and asked if he’d take a look, telling him it was due the next day. I figured the worst thing that could happen was he’d say it was trash and I shouldn’t even think about going to any college. While waiting for a reply, I turned my attention to my other homework.
A few minutes later, I was surprised to receive an email message back from him. “I’ll be glad to read your essay as soon as the Denver Broncos game is over,” it said.
I laughed and responded that Daryl was watching the same game. It was good to know that my two dads had at least one thing in common.
So, what will Bill say about Natalie’s essay? Why does she think he should be the one to read it? Why is she concerned that it might not be University of Wyoming material? Read the book and find out. To participate in this week’s hop and read what other bloggers have to say, click here.
Copyright 2021 by Abbie Johnson Taylor.
Independently published with the help of DLD Books.
Sixteen-year-old Natalie’s grandmother, suffering from dementia and confined to a wheelchair, lives in a nursing home and rarely recognizes Natalie. But one Halloween night, she tells her a shocking secret that only she and Natalie’s mother know. Natalie is the product of a one-night stand between her mother, who is a college English teacher, and another professor.
After some research, Natalie learns that people with dementia often have vivid memories of past events. Still not wanting to believe what her grandmother has told her, she finds her biological father online. The resemblance between them is undeniable. Not knowing what else to do, she shows his photo and website to her parents.
Natalie realizes she has some growing up to do. Scared and confused, she reaches out to her biological father, and they start corresponding.
Her younger sister, Sarah, senses their parents’ marital difficulties. At Thanksgiving, when she has an opportunity to see Santa Claus, she asks him to bring them together again. Can the jolly old elf grant her request?