Ian Tomlinson: My wife was killed in a car accident when our daughter, Sophie, was very young. She’s six now.
Mason Waterman: I wasn’t married — wasn’t a Christian at the time my girlfriend Erin became pregnant with twins. She wasn’t interested in settling down to motherhood, so I stepped up. Taking care of two infants sure changed my life.
Cameron Kraus: Divorced here. My wife left me and our twin sons when they were three.
Valerie: Mason, you mentioned you weren’t a believer at the time. How did you find Jesus?
Mason: A guy from work invited me to church. I didn’t intend to go, but somehow I did. I knew I was in a big mess and needed divine intervention, to say nothing of forgiveness and a new start in life.
Valerie: What about you other men? When did you become Christians?
Cameron: I was raised in a Christian home but I wanted Lisa so much I went over to the wild side for a few years. It wasn’t enough for her, and I wasn’t happy without Jesus in my life. When she left, it was the catalyst that drove me back to faith.
Ian: My parents brought me up in the church as well. I didn’t ever really stray… but I was pretty good at controlling everything. It’s hard to “let go and let God” as the saying goes.
Valerie: What’s been your biggest challenge as a single parent?
Cameron: Childcare, hands down.
Ian: Ditto. Especially when I took a promotion and moved to a different town where I didn’t have a social net.
Mason: Same, only I moved back home so my parents could help with the kids. And I hadn’t held a steady job in a few years — well, ever — so just making ends meet has been a huge challenge. And loneliness.
Cameron: Yeah, that. Loneliness.
Valerie: Tell me about your kids.
Mason: Uh, Christopher is so much like me it scares me sometimes. Avery is desperate for a mom in her life to the point where she soaks up attention from any woman who’ll give it to her. They’re five.
Cameron: This makes me laugh. Not at you, bro, but with you. My boys are not much older and are a bit of a wild pair. Evan and Oliver aren’t identical twins, but that doesn’t keep people from confusing them.
Mason: Obviously mine aren’t identical either. Are yours desperate for a mom?
Cameron: Not as desperate as I am for a wife! Those two are always getting into stuff. Boys will be boys, I guess.
Ian: I find it interesting we all have kids about the same age, only I don’t have twins. Unless you count the little girl in Sophie’s new school that shares a birthday with her! They’ve become fast friends, and the girls are convinced we should be one happy family.
Valerie: Are you all looking for a wife?
Cameron and Mason: Oh, yeah!
Valerie: What do you think is your biggest deterrent to finding the right woman to share your life?
Cameron: For me, it’s probably I’ve been brought up to believe divorced people shouldn’t remarry. My parents basically figure it’s adultery.
Valerie: Do you agree?
Cameron: I’ll admit I’ve really struggled with discovering God’s view on the topic. How much of Jesus’ and Paul’s teachings are cultural? It’s a tough question.
Valerie: It is, for sure. How about you, Mason?
Mason: All I can tell you is that God’s in the forgiving business. Sure, I have regrets. Tons of them. But every day, God reminds me of His great love for me and my kids. Even so, I struggle, too. I was full of myself for many years and hurt so many women, starting with the girl who had a crush on me back in high school. Why do I deserve happiness now? I don’t.
Valerie: God is so gracious, isn’t He! He knows the desires of our hearts because He put them in us. Ian, how about you?
Ian: Biggest deterrent? Probably me. I’m a bit of a control freak, and I’m not sure there’s a woman alive who’d put up with me. My late wife didn’t find it easy. Besides, Sophie and I do pretty well on our own, all things considered.
Valerie: So, what if I told you three that there was a special woman for each of you? A woman who loves Jesus and who will love your kids as though she gave birth to them?
Cameron: Bring it!
Mason: I’m with Cameron here.
Ian: I might need a little convincing…
Wesley Ferguson: Hey, I’m a bit late to the party. I’m a single dad, too. Can I join the discussion?
Valerie: Uh… no. Your story is still in progress, and we can’t share it with readers for a few months. Don’t worry, you’ll get your happy ending in Flavors of Forever.
Mason: Our author is gonna put you through a whole lot of anguish before you get there, though.
Cameron: Agree. Won’t be easy, but hang in there. It’s worth it.
Valerie: Enough out of you guys. Wesley has to wait his turn. Maybe I’ll have him on for a chat some other time.
There you have it, readers of Inspy Romance! It’s hard to believe that out of more than twenty stories, I’ve published only three with single dads in them! That’s about to change, though, because my next TWO releases, one of which is already written, feature single dad romances. You might be relieved to know neither of them has twins, though!
Have you read all three of my single dad stories? If so, which was your favorite? If not, have you read a single dad romance from another Inspy Romance author that you enjoyed? Tell us about it!
Ian Tomlinson’s story is found in Pinky Promise: How can two single parents fall in love for real with a pair of mini-matchmakers pushing from both sides — pinky promises or not?
Mason Waterman’s story is found in Berry on Top: If he has really changed, can she re-open her heart to him… and to the God who could have prevented her decade of heartache?
Cameron Kraus’s story is found in Rooted in Love: A divorcé with a set of rambunctious twins falls for the boys’ daycare administrator, but does he deserve another chance at love?
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