MM: Many authors relate their characters to people they know. Is this the case with your characters and do you see yourself in any of them?
Well, I am one of the characters in my book as it’s non-fiction, but sometimes I don’t always see myself as that person in real life. In the past 4 years, I met my wife, got engaged, got married, welcomed a baby boy and a baby girl (18 months later), moved three times, changed jobs and, in my spare time, had my first book published in August of 2012, called DADspirations: The 1st 100 Days of Fatherhood. There has been so much change in such a short amount of time that I often do double-takes in the mirror once or twice a week to see if I still recognize the person looking back at me.
MM: Who is your most favorite character from any book of all time?
My favorite character is Chemo. No, that’s not a type. Chemo is a character that appears in two of my favorite author’s books (Skin Tight and Star Island by Carl Hiassan). Chemo is a technically a bad guy, who uses a Weed Whacker for a prosthesis after a barracuda bites off part of his arm. In both books, Chemo is the perfect mix of deranged, brilliant and hilarious. You will laugh out loud, repeatedly, when he does pretty much anything at all. “Chemo almost felt sorry for Laurel. The lyrics were brainless and repetitive yet Cherry kept getting lost, even on the refrains. Chemo made her chug a Red Bull, with no improvement. Eventually he had to leave the room. It was the most monotonous crap he’d ever heard, and he had once worked the door at a white rap club.’’
MM: If you could dive into the pages of any book, which book would it be and what character would you be?
One of my favorite books is The Beach by Alex Garland. I came close to living it when I backpacked Australia for a year, just after I graduated college. There were some parallels, but the exoticness described in the book was something that fell a tad short. To be Richard, the main character, and receiving a hand-drawn map of a supposed hidden beach located in the Gulf of Thailand that is inaccessible to tourists would be supreme.
MM: If your book was to become a movie, which actors/actresses do you see playing the parts of your characters?
This is a fun question! My wife would be played by Charlize Theron, my daughter would be…well, I don’t know too many 1 year old actresses, so I’d feel pretty confident she could play herself. And for me, I think an accent-free Gerard Butler would do me justice just fine.
MM: What can we expect from Pete Densmore in the future? Any new projects?
I'm currently working on another super fun and cool book for dads to read to their children. The book uniquely combines two things that I love and cherish: watching movies and reading to my children. My goal is for dads to stop reading Mother Goose to their toddlers and, instead, begin a new literary generation of reading stories from my upcoming book, DADspirations: Hijacking Hollywood for Fatherhood.
MM: Where can readers connect with you?
For more information on Pete Densmore or DADspirations: the 1st 100 Days of Fatherhood,
please visit these websites:
please visit these websites:
- Website: www.DADspirations.com
- Book Video Trailer: http://youtu.be/CtIUWO27C0M
- Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/DADspirations
- Pinterest Page: www.pinterest.com/DADspirations
- Twitter Page: www.twitter.com/DADspirations
- Ordering Pages:
- Paperback: http://www.amazon.com/dp/061566363X
- Kindle http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008U0MSHU
On a related note, People Magazine has asked Celebrity Baby Trend Expert, Rachel Florio-Urso, to host a BIG giveaway! The publish date is March 25, 2013. My book, DADspirations: The 1st 100 Days of Fatherhood will be included in the prize pack giveaway open to the public. In addition, I am making the eBook version of DADspirations: The 1st 100 Days of Fatherhood FREE for Kindle on 3/25 and 3/26 at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008U0MSHU
Thank you so much for taking time to chat with me today. It's been a wonderful pleasure.
Father of two, Pete Densmore doesn’t consider himself an expert in parenthood by any means. He makes the same number of mistakes as every other parent and doesn’t have any fancy combination of letters after his name. Densmore believes that anyone can be an inspired dad as long as he wants to put the time, effort and heart into becoming one.
Genre: Parenting | Inspirational | Fatherhood
Released: August 1, 2012Paperback: 176 pages Language: English ISBN-10: 061566363X ISBN-13: 978-0615663630 Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.4 x 8 inches Amazon Price (Paperback): $13.95 Amazon Price (Kindle ): $7.99
DADspirations: The 1st 100 Days of Fatherhood is a fast-reading, humorous book which includes an actionable checklist of essential ideas to help inspire dads to become the best father they can be. In short, this book offers a strategy for the expecting/new father focusing on 35 weekly ideas that Dad can do for himself, his wife and his newborn. A few of these ideas, which Densmore refers to as DADspirations, include:
- Develop a baby birth time capsule, which captures all of the precious moments from a day you're likely to forget.
- Send your loving wife to the spa, which secures for you an afternoon of introducing Bob Ross and Kung Fu to your baby.
- Build a toy box, which gives you the perfect excuse to spend an entire day alone in the garage with power tools and beer.
- Make up a holiday, which affords time for infant and grandma to bond, and gives you and your wife time for nookie.
GoodReads Reviews (3 out of 3 reviews)
- Josee Phillip, December 10, 2012: Thank you for Goodreads and to the author for providing me a free copy of this wonderful book. I read this book along with one of my good male friends who is expecting a baby girl. This book is fun and realistic and makes a future dad "as ready as can be" to take upon this terrific challenge. I ended up giving him the copy of he book; he can always learn something new.
- Jennifer Dilks, December 13, 2012: Hilarious! This book should be required reading for all new dads. And those who aren't "new"...there's always room for improvement, right? A comical outlook on the first 100 days of fatherhood, with enough sentimental touch that moms will enjoy reading also. A light-hearted, quick read that would be a perfect gift for the father-to-be. I'm so thankful to have received this book as a Goodreads first-reads giveaway...but I'm passing it along to a friend (a new dad!).
- Lacey Gordon, December 16, 2012: I won this book through the GOODREADS GIVEAWAYS and it was a win that I am glad I won. I did read this book but I mostly won it for my husband. I want to give it to him when we start our family. I know he'll enjoy it as much as me. Great book!
- Sandra Slack, January 28, 2013: This book surpassed all my expectations.I wanted it to give to my grandson who is currently "expecting".This is an ideal "Daddy" gift, to be given during the pregnancy so he can learn his role in the launching of Missy or Junior.Best, would be the expectant parents reading this aloud to each other in the weeks before the actual arrival of the adored bundle of noise, needs and nocturnal disregard, so soon to dominate the household.It is obvious the "Daddy" who wrote this book loves his children and managed to keep his sense of humor through it all.
- Best Book for Dads!!! November 5, 2012: An excellent an awesome book!!! Written by a DAD. Great advice, easy to read, funny and smart, I totally recommend this book to first time Dads. It would help you and entertain you a lot while the first months of your baby. 5 STARS!!
- Makes the perfect gift for your buddy who's about to be a dad! October 15, 2012: This book couldn't be more perfect for that buddy of yours who's about to be a dad. Filled with awesome ideas and great tips to make those first couple of months easier on you and mom.
- First hand Creativity and Confidence October 14, 2012: Lets be honest, as exciting and miraculous the birth of a child can be for a father, it is an experience that can challenge ones confidence. That is where the book Dadspirations steps in. This first hand account of fatherhood will help calm your nerves, keep you laughing, spark your creativity and give you the confidence you are looking for. It gives you ideas on how to keep daddy, mommy, and baby supported and happy. What a great gift for all the soon-to-be dads in your life or a new perspective for those who already have children.
Daddy Letter For My Daughter
On the day Marie was born, I was a mess. We had a false labor the previous day, I had to give a client presenta-tion at work that morning, and our babysitter for Henry bailed on us, causing a last minute scramble. When Marie is old enough, I will share with her the excite-ment, the anxiety and the fear that was bottled up inside me the day she was born. Every dad is a complete wreck that day, whether he admits or not. After all, you are in a dimly lit, cold hospital room, surrounded by strang-ers, while your wife is in pain for hours on end, you feel helpless to make her feel better, and all while the best experience in the world is going to happen at any moment.
Looking back on that day, I want my daughter to know that her dad was swearing like a sailor as he fought un-precedented traffic at 9:00 p.m. on the way to the hospital; that her dad nearly missed her birth because he was in the parking lot transferring her brother’s car seat to grandpa’s car; and that her dad stole a piece of pizza from the hospital floor’s community refrigerator. (Give me a break; I hadn’t eaten in twelve hours.) And, above 14 PETE DENSMORE all, there are three things I want her to know that I was thinking when I first held her in my arms: boy that pizza was good; how do I make sure she ends up with a good guy like Daddy; and how do I make sure she knows that being smart is cool. These are the types of thoughts, feelings and ideas I will share with my little girl so that she can understand her OCD father a little bit better.
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