We asked our authors about the influence that their mothers had on their writing. Some didn't want to talk about it. Some, of course, don't have the context even for a "mother figure." Not all families are blood.
A.M. Leibowitz wrote:
I tend to write strong, loving mothers and mother figures. Perhaps this is because I loved my mother greatly and still feel the effects her parenting in my life. I like to hope she would be proud of the person I am today. Similarly, I have deep admiration and respect for those around me who provide a mothering presence for those in their care.
Their character, Cat Rowland, exemplifies that, as a nurturer, in Passing on Faith. Kind, caring men can be found throughout Leibowitz' novels.
Adrian J Smith wrote:
My mom always told me to continue writing to support my ministry habit! She's always supported me, and growing up as an only child of a single mother, I tend to write very strong women in my stories, ones who tend toward the mothering ability. I always try to include mothers of all types, mostly non-biological in my stories simply because my mom always taught me that family isn't about blood but love.
She offers up James Matthews, a woman who finds herself with a daughter who may have special powers.
The recommendation this holiday is for What Everyone Deserves by Dan Ackerman. Dan Ackerman isn't as big of a name yet as Leibowitz or Smith, so this title is often overlooked. But it's the beautiful story of Junius, a fertility demon in 1950s Manhattan, confronting race, sexuality, and post-war issues and the carnal struggle of dating a recalcitrant vampire.
Anyone would be hard-pressed to offer a better maternal figure, and after all, it's what everyone deserves.