Duck Dynasty is not only one of the most popular reality shows, but television programs in general. Millions of people tune in weekly to watch the Robertson’s and admire them for their strong faith and close-knit family. They have a new show that premiered this month called “Duck Commander: Before The Dynasty”, and Miss Kay and her grandson John Luke have also written new books. I was joined by Miss Kay, the matriarch of the Robertson family, and John Luke for an interview to discuss Miss Kay’s new book “A Robertson Family Christmas” and John Luke’s new series of children’s books called “Be Your Own Duck Commander”. They also dished on the secret to having such a close knit family, in addition to their new show!
Candace Rose: Miss Kay, you wrote the book “A Robertson Family Christmas”. Can you tell us about the book and what inspired you to write it?
Miss Kay Robertson: “Well, of course I’ve always loved books. Since I was a little girl, I used to hang out in the library, and I’ve always loved reading books. Books are just important to me and I hope that I can make them important to everybody.
This is really a story of what we’ve done all our life which is take in stray dogs, and stray boys and even men. But this is a story of a troubled teen who comes to the Robertson family, and probably has one thing in mind and then finds another one. It’s kind of about conditional love and just about a family that puts their faith first and has fun, loves their family and just all about that. I hope everybody will enjoy it.”
Candace Rose: John Luke, you’re the author of the “Be Your Own Duck Commander” series for kids. Can you tell us about that and the lessons you hope the children will learn from the books?
John Luke Robertson: “How the books are written is you can make your own story in it. Every book is just a what if on top of a what if and you can choose how you want it to end. The lesson that I really want kids to take away is one: to love to read and two: that’s how life is. Life is about choices, but you can always go back and start over. It’s not the end of the world when you make a bad choice.”
Candace Rose: Miss Kay and John Luke, you and your family are role models to so many. Your entire family is so talented. Did you always aspire to write fiction?
Miss Kay Robertson: “No. I never thought that I could write anything, but I do love good stories.”
Candace Rose: How has reading impacted your life, and how can reading impact the lives of others?
Miss Kay Robertson: “I think it makes you enjoy other people’s stories and it gives me a bright spot, sometimes a light in a dark world. I love it, I always have.”
John Luke Robertson: “I love it. It’s always good to hear other people’s stories and it’s good to learn. Education is key.”
Candace Rose: You have millions of fans around the world who love your show and look up to your family. What’s the secret to having such a close-knit loving family?
Miss Kay Robertson: “Well, you know, I guess we take it for granted. I have always just loved people and I try to bring that to my family. We’ve been through good times and hard times and yet we stick together because of love. To me it’s a key element. Our faith and our love for one another and our forgiving spirit in all things, and also to have a lot of fun and laugh is very important. So even when you mess up, we can find something funny about it.”
Candace Rose: You have a new show called “Duck Commander: Before The Dynasty”. Can you tell us about the new show?
Miss Kay Robertson: “Well, that’s just before the dynasty! We had a before and the thing we laugh about now is all the different hairdos, even the guys don’t look as scruffy as they do now. It’s all about what it was. We had a before and we’ll have an after.”
Candace Rose: Where can viewers go for more information and to buy your new books?
Miss Kay Robertson: “They can go anywhere books are sold for our books.”