February 12, 2010 at 4:33 pm , by Lisa M. Gerry
After talking to the multi-hyphenate Tim McGraw, I started thinking I should probably be doing a bit more with my time. The man is amazing. He is a country music superstar, actor (in an Oscar-nominated movie no less!), devoted husband to the beautiful Faith Hill, father of three girls (ages 12, 11 and 8), cologne creator and author! Seriously, I need to step up my game…I get tired just thinking about what his schedule must be like.
Ever the Southern gentleman, Tim took time out of his (very) busy day to talk about his second children’s book, Love Your Heart—a touching story about a little girl and her father.
What do you get out of writing kids’ books that’s different from writing music?
Well, it’s probably the only thing that I do that my kids really care about or like. They certainly don’t listen to my music. They’ll listen to their mother, but they don’t listen to me. Since I’m not one of the Jonas Brothers or Taylor Swift, it’s not their cup of tea.
What made you decide to write a children’s book?
My writing partner, Tom Douglas, and I wrote a song called, “My Little Girl.” It turned out to be this really big record and everybody loved the story. (Watch the music video after the jump.) So, Tom came up with the idea of turning it into our first book.
Do your daughters ever come to you with ideas?
They do! Actually, last night, my oldest daughter, Gracie, said that she was going to write the next one. They really enjoy the books, especially because their dog Palio is in it. But now we have another dog, Sienna, and I have a sneaking suspicion that’s why Gracie wants to write the next one—so she can get Sienna in it.
What do you hope kids get from this particular story?
The dad is really involved in this story and the books are really set up for dads to read to their little girls. Girls put so much pressure on themselves, and there’s a lot of pressure from the outside also—but being confident and having a good relationship with their father can really make a difference in how young girls react to those pressures.
How are you preparing for those pressures as your daughters get older?
I’m letting them talk to their mother about that. [laughs] No, I’m just kidding. I want them to know that they can tell me anything, and I tell them every day that they are good girls. I think they should know that whatever they decide to do, their dad’s going to be proud of them.
You’ve done so much in your career already. Is there anything you haven’t done that you want to do?
Take a month off would be good. [laughs] Life is good—I’m pretty fulfilled. I just want to keep getting better at what I do. And I want to watch my kids grow up and for them to be healthy, happy and well-adjusted. I want them to do the things that they want to do in life—whatever that is.
Will you be writing more books?
Yeah, I’m sure there will be more along the way. And who knows, we might graduate one day and write a grownup book.
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