Real Dads Do Real Things

President Barack Obama and daughters
We hear so much about moms and the great job that they do, but what about dads? There are many men that take joy in being a great father. To celebrate Father’s Day we are highlighting a few fabulous fathers. They’re men, they’re authors, they’re dads and we salute them!

James Fant
James Fant and kids
Status: Married
Children: 2
Books: 2
James Fant is a native of Greenville, South Carolina, and currently resides in the South Carolina Low country. He has always possessed a passion for learning and reading, which prompted his undergraduate study in the field of Biology, and later a Master’s in Business Administration. While he is successful in his career as a Grant Administrator, he has a greater calling to meet the needs of others through fiction. He wanted to address relationship issues and attempt to mend broken bonds with clean language. This set the stage for his two novels, An Ode for Orchids and Fourteen Pages. James plans to publish many works that will encourage his readers to analyze and repair their personal relationships. He is a family man with a wife and two children who he dedicated his first publication to. He continues to work with them in mind.

What is your favorite thing about being a dad? My favorite thing about being a dad is receiving the round of applause and cheers of “Daddy! Daddy!” when I walk through the door each day. Some may come home to empty, quiet spaces and they may enjoy that. My space is never empty and NEVER quiet. But again, I love it. My children hug me each and every day when I come through the door. It is one of the highlights of my day.

One of my greatest prayers is that I do a good job raising my children. It is not only an honor, but it is also an awesome duty. I am a central figure in their life. My wife and I are responsible for teaching them about God and guiding their paths. We are responsible for taking care of them. In the hustle and bustle of the day, and amid extremely busy schedules, my prayer is that I do a good job. I do not want to fail my children.

Antoine ‘Inch’ Thomas
Inch and kids

Status: Married
Children: 4
Books: 4
Antoine Thomas, the youngest of six and a former spelling bee champ, is the author of four and contributor of two anthologies. He has also co-written several novels, a screenplay, and starred in the movie ‘Black Barbie.’ Antoine is the CEO & Publisher of Amiaya Entertainment.

What is your favorite thing about being a dad? I love being a role model, enjoying the feeling I get when I pick my kids up from school or daycare & they run & jump up into my arms.

D K Gaston

D.K. Gaston and kids
Status: Married
Children: 2
Books: 12
D K Gaston was born in Detroit, Michigan. He served with the US Army Infantry. After leaving the military he earned his Bachelor’s degree and began a career in Computer Networking. He has earned two Masters Degrees. D K Gaston is a devoted husband and father residing in Michigan. He is currently working on his next novel.

What is your favorite thing about being a dad? The best part of being a dad is being reminded of all the simple pleasures I used to enjoy as a child. I love making my kids laugh and them making me. What I favor most of all--I love being loved by my children.

K'wan and kids

Status: Married
Children: 2
Books: 14
K'wan is a multiple literary award winner and bestselling author of over a dozen titles.
He has been featured in: Vibe, Pages, King, The Library Journal, Entertainment Weekly, The New York Press, and Time Magazine, to name a few. K’wan currently resides in New Jersey where he is working on his next novel.

What is your favorite thing about being a dad? My favorite thing about being a dad is looking at my daughters and seeing the best parts of me. They represent my lost innocence, everything about me that hasn't been tainted by life or hardships. They are my inspiration and I do any and all things in my power to keep them happy and flying straight. Whenever they tell me they love me, it’s like winning an Olympic medal.

I encourage more men to step up and be active in the lives of their children on more than just Father's Day. Mothers are accredited with the raising of our children, but in the best case scenarios it’s a team effort. Whether you're with the mom or not, children still need their daddies and it fills me with great pride to know that I am a constant fixture in the life of my daughters, as I should be and always will be!

“Nothing I’ve ever done has given me more joys and rewards than being a father to my children.” - Bill Cosby

We do hope you’ve enjoyed our tribute to fathers. If you haven’t already had a chance to check out our author-dads’ books, we encourage you to do so. Until next time, happy reading!

Happy Father's Day

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