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When Becky King’s husband was deployed in Afghanistan in 2012, Becky went to work, volunteering with a Family Readiness Group, which helps families stay connected during deployment. However, no mother can be fully prepared for what would happen with her own son, Benson, a once happy and energetic 7-year-old boy, who would have days of heartbreak as his father served abroad. Becky searched for resources that would help Benson but came up short finding material that resonated with him. Then it dawned on Becky that they were simply lending Benson’s father to the world and that notion helped Benson tremendously. Thus, the book I’ll Lend You My Daddy was born.
Army Wife Talk Radio in May 2020
As featured in the Courier Journal – Lexington, KY
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University of Kentucky.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Where did you get the idea for your story?
During my husband Steve’s deployment, my son had a few struggles and more than a few tears trying to understand the absence of his dad. I found what comforted him was when I said, “We are just lending the world your daddy!” This inspired me to share this message with other families and for all those little ones that are struggling with lending their fathers to the military.
What do you hope children will learn from reading your book?
I hope that children will learn that they are not alone. There are so many other kids in the world who are feeling the same way and are struggling with the absence of a parent or caregiver. I also hope that they can connect with the activities featured within the pages of the book to show children that they can take actions to express their feelings of love and longing for their loved ones in a way that is both positive and constructive. Finally, I hope children will learn that their sacrifice in lending a family member is something they can take pride in. They are helping the world, too.
When did you first realize you wanted to become a children’s book author?
Becoming an author was never really in my plans, but I felt so passionate about deployment feelings myself, along with those feelings that children feel while their parents are away. I simply wanted to create something that kids would be able to relate to from the perspective of my own experience, thus the birth of me as an author and my first book, I’ll Lend You My Daddy.
What do you like best about writing?
I love the idea of being able to provide a relatable, heartfelt story that is practically an autobiography about my and Benson’s life during my husband’s deployments. Writing something so meaningful to me with the chance of it helping others was, and is, a fantastic experience.
What kind of books do you plan to write in the future?
I would love to write more books to honor our first responders. My mother was a teacher, and my father was a firefighter. These professions, including nurses, doctors, police, military, etcetera, do so much for our community and sometimes do not receive enough credit. In the future, I would love to create more stories that honor their sacrifices and hard work.
What advice would you give to someone wanting to get into children’s books?
Don’t give up! I received quite a few NOs until I found the perfect publisher who was interested in the message I was trying to give to military families. I also purchased a no-nonsense book on Amazon called Writing for Children and Teens by Cynthea Liu. Interestingly enough, Cynthea later became my editor and publisher.
Where did you grow up?
I’m from Louisville, KY, which means I love all things that have to do with the Kentucky Derby – hats, roses, and especially horse racing!
What were your favorite books as a kid?
One of my favorites has always been The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. As a child I always thought it was a sweet story, but as an adult, I am able to see the message of the book in a new way. The Giving Tree shows that there is always something to give while highlighting the meaning behind friendship and loyalty. Reading to my son Benson also brought out the child in me, and I loved reading Pajama Time by Sandra Boynton, the Laura Numeroff, If You Give books, and all of the classic Dr. Seuss books.
What’s your favorite color?
Probably blue. There are so many uplifting things that are blue – the sky, the ocean, even peacocks!
Do you have any pets?
We have two cats who are both so much a part of our family, both with very different personalities as well! Tippy is our black cat that my son Benson picked from a shelter, she has a kind of sweet and sour demeanor. Milo is our black and white cat who is very sweet, patient, and loves to eat! He was a stray that happened to find us and ended up completing our family. You can see them both illustrated beautifully in I’ll Lend You My Daddy.
Where can I buy your book?
Do you speak at schools?
I would love to get the opportunity to speak at your school! You may email me at Bk134@twc.com to inquire about a school visit.
What is the best way to contact you?