I was raised in the traditional family. Mom, dad, and children. My parents were of the 'until death do us part' type folk. Sherry and I the same. So I do not know personally the trials of the single parent, nor their children. BUT I am learning from the side lines. Both sons have experienced divorce and now their children. We are also experiencing the 'Significant other' term that has become part of the landscape.
I have learned in my 78 years. Life WILL change. I remember a wise teacher once, and a statement of hers, "Things are subject to change." I am going to try to understand 'in words' some of the feelings my grand and great grands must feel (have felt) and that is the face in a single parent environment.
It is hard for some folk to believe or understand that in the first 17 years of my life I knew of two divorces and zero children born to single mothers. Looking back, I find it hard to believe myself.
Now, I see parents using children as weapons against the other and my heart breaks.
Life happens, and the results are not always pleasant. But I read and write for enjoyment, maybe escape so reading misery is not enjoyment to me. I like good endings. Imma Louis L'Amour fan, i.e. the good guy always wins and truth prevails. So I write in the same vein. I refuse to live fiction, but I will read and write it.
This book about Johnny I do not plan for the MVA (Modern Vigilante Association) from my other books to be involved, BUT, but..... When I start a novel it is an idea that grows it's own roots and limbs.
I see many families like this: