Black Fathers & Black Daughters
T.L Wynne is the author of the children’s book series, The Daddy Daughter Series, which consists of 3 books: Daddy and Me, Daddy’s Day at the Park, and Daddy-Daughter Day. Each book is based on the positive relationship between a father and his young daughter and the time that they spend together. As a writer, T.L Wynne is committed to focusing on eradicating the negative misconceptions that society has on young African American fathers and their relationship with their children. He also believes that all children deserve to be represented in the stories that they read. His stories not only illustrate the significance of a father’s influence in a child’s life, but they also provide culturally diverse literature for children to read.
“As a writer, it was very important for me to commit to illustrating an African American father in a positive light, and ensure that my stories reflect that.”
There’s a nasty myth that Black men don’t show up for their children and, if you believe the media, this seems to be specific to only Black fathers. We know that isn’t true. Black fathers are out here being amazing! T. L. Wynne dispels the myth of the Black dead-beat dad with stories and images that are relatable to Black parents and inspirational for Black children.
Let’s get right to it.
My name is T.L Wynne, and I am the author of a children’s book series called The Daddy Daughter series.
3.) What was the inspiration for this series?
As an African American father, I felt it was imperative that my daughter read stories that had diverse characters and also showed a father represented in a positive way. It was difficult finding stories that were relatable, so it inspired me to write.
As a writer, it was very important for me to commit to illustrating an African American father in a positive light, and ensure that my stories reflect that.
5.) What is the most challenging obstacle you faced writing The Daddy Daughter series?
As a self-published author, you have to wear many hats. One minute you’re writing, editing, and publishing your book; the next minute you’re on social media trying to engage readers and implement a marketing strategy. So, I think the biggest challenge is finding the right balance.
I learned that you never know how your experiences could impact the lives of others until you share your story.
Initially, my intention was to create a story for my daughter, just as a book that we could read together and not for it to be published. It wasn’t until I shared my first book with a few friends, and discussed how it resonated with their fatherhood experiences, did I realize how important it was for my stories to be shared with the world.
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Audra Russell is a blogger, freelance writer, and published author. She holds two undergraduate degrees in journalism as well as a Master of Science degree in Education. She also completed the Wesleyan University online Creative Writing Specialization course series.
She is an avid reader and writer’s advocate. Her passion for promoting the works of up-and-coming authors inspired her to create her podcast, Between the Reads, as well as her website, Read It Black to Me. Her debut novel, BLOOD LAND, was published on August 29, 2020, as her fiftieth birthday gift to herself. She lives in Maryland with her husband of more than 20 years, her 3 amazing children, a 12-year-old perpetual puppy, two dueling cats, and her lone surviving chicken of 8 years who she affectionately renamed Gloria (she will survive!)