One thing that I love indulging in is, as most of you know, reading. It gives me real pleasure and I am always fascinated to meet the author behind the work too. So I am delighted to bring you this interview with Misty Mount, author of The Nanny Song.
Hi Misty, can you tell me a little more about yourself?
Hello! I’m a wife and mother to a seven-year-old son. I’m also a caregiver to my 33-year-old sister with special needs. They’ve grown up like siblings more so than aunt and nephew. Most days my home life is busy and deafeningly loud. If I’m not writing, in my free time I’m hanging out with my brother watching Doctor Who, Star Trek and anything sci-fi.
Can you explain a little about your writing background?
I’ve written since I was a child, creating my own little stories in crayons or markers and sometimes rewriting the endings of books I’d read. When I was in 5th grade a publishing company came to my school for an assembly presentation. My mother saw it and ended up sending them my manuscript without my knowledge. By the time I was 14 I had my first book published. I guess you could say I had my fifteen minutes of local fame. I was in the paper, interviewed on the news, and had two book signings—one at Barnes and Noble, the other at Borders. I even got to go with the company and tour schools to speak publicly to kids about literacy and writing. It was all very exciting, but I was a sensitive kid and putting myself and my words on display filled me with anxiety. Bottom line, I let the overly critical and negative remarks of kids and (even) adults get to me. Even though the positive feedback outweighed the bad, I found myself incapable of handling it at the time. Regrettably, I became unwilling to continue or let others read what I had written unless they were very close to me.
Where did you get your inspiration for writing The Nanny Song?
I wrote this story in my very early twenties, my teenage years full of babysitting and nannying still fresh on my mind. I wanted to write something that reflected my struggles and adventures in bonding with other people’s children. The real kids I worked with will always have a place in my heart and thankfully most of them were not as badly behaved as the duo in my book.
What did you find most difficult about the writing process?
I think the hardest thing for me is that I tend to only want to write when I’m experiencing a burst of creativity, and those bursts don’t always come at the most opportune of times. It never fails that a good idea hits me in the middle of traffic or the grocery store.
What did you find most satisfying about the writing process?
For me writing is fun and relaxing. The best part for me is the pure escapism into a world I control.
Do you have a favourite spot to write in?
When I was younger I could stretch out on my bed or the floor with my laptop. My 30’s haven’t been as agreeable to my neck and shoulders so now I have to have to write while seated properly. My favorite spot would be the dining room chair nearest to the windows in the dead of night when when the house is still.
Who do you hope your book will appeal to?
I hope my book will appeal to people who like feel-good stories with happy endings—those who need a break from reality with a hearty dose of fiction.
How do you think your readers will feel when they finish the book?
I certainly hope they’ll feel close to the characters, as if they were friends made along the way. I also wish for them to feel satisfied with the way loose ends are tied up, but also a little sad that they have to say goodbye.
And finally, what’s next for you?
More writing, definitely. I hope to finish up my current manuscript within the next few weeks. Then I’ll take a deep breath for courage and force myself to show it to my editor and publisher, then hopefully all of you.
Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and creative process with us Misty! If you would like to know more about The Nanny Song, read on…
The Nanny Song by Misty Mount
Mallory Riscoe is no stranger to dysfunction. Despite her tumultuous childhood, at twenty-two, she has established herself as a fully functional, self-made woman. However the safe, mundane life she has created for herself is quickly turned upside-down when she’s falsely accused of theft and promptly fired.
Meanwhile, a dismal pall hangs over the Colt residence. Since the death of his wife, Brendan Colt has struggled to care for his children; Kason and Meela. Each is lost in their own deep grief, but there is more to this family than meets the eye.
Two worlds collide when Mallory accepts the job as nanny to the Colt children. Mallory begins to feel a connection, a whisper of trust between them, that could mean there is still hope for everyone involved to heal. But when an unspeakable secret is uncovered that bond, and possibly Mallory’s life itself is now at risk. Can Mallory unlock the mystery intertwined in this chaotic family or will all hope of closure be lost forever?
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About the Author
Misty Mount has written since age five and was first published at fourteen. By day she’s a caregiver, wife, and mother to a young son but during the quiet hours of night she becomes a novelist.
“I read because my grandmother showed me how to immerse myself in books for recreation, relaxation or even as a coping skill.
I write because my head is filled with daydreams and I like to choose the endings.”