My stories contain several fathers and I am proud to say they came from somewhere inside of me. They all exhibit love for their children, despite their flaws, and shape the children they raise. It's difficult to say more, without giving away too much of my story lines *wink* but they are worth recognizing.
Iain McEwen does not appear in Message on the Wind, but his son Alex speaks of him often. You learn who Iain was and who he was to Alex, in particular, through Alex's memories. That relationship shapes the father Alex will someday become. Iain's story and that of his father, Cameron McEwen, will appear in my next novel, To Reap a Whirlwind, and they are men worth meeting.
In The Treasure of Ravenwood, Mouse's father, John the Tailor, is equally important to her, in the way fairy tale fathers often are. Again, he has his flaws, but none of them includes a lack of love for his daughter. All these fathers may make mistakes, but they make them because of how much they love, not from a lack of love. Just like my father, they far exceed their roots and sacrifice a great deal to provide better lives for their children. I think he would have liked them.