About

Amanda Audit's "My Family and Yours" book signing

“My Family and Yours” Book Signing

 

Hi there! I’m Amanda Audit,

I’m a Canadian writer, author of the children’s book ‘My Family and Yours’, and a professional early childhood caregiver.

I love kids and writing, but that’s not all. Find out more about me from our fun Question & Answer biography below! If you have more questions to be answered be sure to Contact Me and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

 

Q & A with Amanda Audit

 

1. Describe yourself in 5 words.

Creative, driven, understanding, hilarious, and patient (with the necessary amount of caffeine).

 

2. What did you want to be when you were growing up?

Up until high school, I wanted to be a babysitter. Later I dreamed I would be the next Fern Micheals, Nora Roberts, or Daniele Steel. Thinking back, I may have been a little young for those books (lol). Though by the end of high school it was a tough call between becoming an educator or a lawyer. I initially decided that going into Education was the right field for me, but after my third year working with children, I went back to school to try my hand in Law. After graduating from my program and working at a firm, however, it became very clear very quickly that I loved working with children. And so voila! Here I am 🙂
 

3. How do you spend your leisure time?

Well for starters I love running (like I stole something), doing laundry, (loads, and loads of it!) and eating super healthy!… that’s me attempting humour, and now everyone knows why I never made it in stand up.  I love reading, big surprise! Scrapbooking, sipping wine, reading, talking with my Nanny on the phone, traveling, karaoke, reading, answering fan mail, writing, and reading!

 

4. What is your favourite part of your job?

When I work as a Nanny, or with children in general, it makes my whole face smile when we (or I) finish singing a song and they think it’s great and want me to sing it again, or do another song. If you ever heard me sing you would understand why this is amazing! 

 

5. What made you want to write children’s books?

To be honest, I always knew I wanted to write, though I hadn’t really thought about writing children’s books until “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus” by Mo Willems. I read that book over and over again to Grae, and each time he would shout with joy and laughter “No!” when asked if he would let pigeon drive the bus. I have such fond memories of the giggling and laughter we shared reading stories. This made me want to write something children would love, and remember in their later years.

 

6. Where do you draw your inspiration from?

For this particular project, My Family and Yours, the families I was working with at the time. My daycare centre had children from all walks of life and it was evident that the “traditional family” was just that, traditional. I felt there needed to be a children’s book describing today’s “modern families”. I wanted to share a message that reflected innocence, with no labels. I wanted to share with children that a family is made of of people who love, and care for you. 

 

7. What is your (other) favourite part of your job.

One of the bits I guess you could call it, is that when I am hugging one of the children I care for I say ” Love you a tiny bit” (simply because when I started this is what the 2 year old would say to me, then he would laugh, and laugh 🙂 he now will respond “No Mandy, you love me lots” or “No Mandy, you love me more and more”. It makes my heart melt, when the children I care for know that they are loved! It is the best feeling. ( I only realized after the fact that I answered this question twice! I guess that means I really love my job 🙂

 

8. Who is your role model?

I’m going to get all sappy! My grandmother! (Who I always refer to as Nanny) My Nanny has led an amazing life. She is 76 now, and still working in home care. (Which is funny because she herself is a senior…but don’t tell her that) While I have been lucky enough in my life to have had many people care for me, and help me when needed, my Nanny has been my number one supporter. She is always volunteering in the community, she is on countless committees, as mentioned above she works, and of course helps her friends and family. She has done so much that I am grateful for. If I can be recognized as half the woman she is, that would be a blessing.

 

9. Do you have any pets?

I have a pup named Bailey, which at the time I thought was a unique name…turns out it was not. Bailey is a gorgeous Yorkie Shitzu with a ton of personality! I love him to bits.

 

10. If you were stranded on a desert island, what one thing would you take with you.

I’m not going to lie, Sunscreen. I figure, if I have to be out in the sun for a little time (days [optimistic], weeks) while building a shelter, I’d like to be in the least amount of pain possible. After all, I can make my own music, and write using rocks…I think? This answer has more to do with the fact that I burned my fair skin while playing outdoors with the children this week. 

 

11. If you could transform into a single animal on command, what animal would it be?

A bird. I would love to fly. That being said, I am deathly afraid of heights, though I still would love to be an eagle. Or a puffin, though flying underwater seems pretty daredevil-like as well.