How Dads Influenced Some Famous Writers

My dad once told me I could do or be anything I wanted.

Apparently that’s the same thing author Patricia Bosworth was told by her dad. Dads seem to enjoy sharing this advice with their daughters.

In honor of Father’s Day, the folks at Open Road Media have produced a video where famous writers discuss how their dads influenced them. Click here to view if the video is not embedded above.

Other Father’s Day tributes from Open Road:

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Jane Friedman

Jane Friedman

Jane Friedman (@JaneFriedman) has 20 years of experience in the publishing industry, with expertise in digital media strategy for authors and publishers. She is the co-founder and editor of The Hot Sheet, the essential newsletter on the publishing industry for authors.

In addition to being a columnist for Publishers Weekly, Jane is a professor with The Great Courses, which released her 24-lecture series, How to Publish Your Book. She also has a book forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press, The Business of Being a Writer (March 2018).

Jane speaks regularly at conferences and industry events such as BookExpo America, Digital Book World, and the AWP Conference, and has served on panels with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Creative Work Fund. Find out more.

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Diana Stevan

Thanks for posting this video. It brought tears to my eyes as I thought about my own dad, who taught me the love of poetry. My mother was illiterate, but Dad quoted Wordsworth, Tennyson and Kipling. He’s the one who took me to the library and introduced me to the power and magic of words. Happy Father’s Day to all the dads. 


Fathers read? 
My own father- who I wished a Happy Father’s Day this day- would have fixed a book if it was put together with bolts. He would also have replaced a hinge so a book cover would open better, if book covers came with hinges. Sometimes words aren’t needed. The greatest eloquence is in action and example. 
With that in mind I have always made sure every one of my endless collection of books have the tightest bolts and no loose hinges. 


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Dane Zeller

My father did not read books. He was a six-days-on-the-road truck driver. He was home from every week from 6:00 PM Saturday to 6:00 PM Sunday. What he taught me, though, during all seven days, was the value of hard work. Watching TV or working on my novel is never a dilemma for me.

Cathy Collins

Loved the video!! Although my dad quit school after Grade 6 and wasn’t much of a reader. I certainly appreciated his stories of life in a small fishing community in Newfoundland, working on the boats, passed down stories of the Tsunami off the coast of Newfoundland. Stories to be cherished for sure.

Yvette Carol

Hey Jane there must be something in the water because my dad told my sisters and me the exact same message. Even as a wee girl I somehow knew this was a really great message to hear from your dad, being a female in this world, and I held it close! 🙂 You know, I believed him!!


Glad to know my dad wasn’t the only one who wasn’t a reader!

However, he inspired me to write without even trying. He is no longer here with us, but his inspiration lives on through my mighty pen! Beautiful video and post!