CHICAGO – Florence Ann Romano started working as a nanny when she was just 12 years old, and now she’s sharing those cherished memories in her debut book for children making the transition from being cared for solely by their parents to having a nanny in their home.
“Nanny and Me” (May 2015, Mascot Books) is a story told through the eyes of a young girl about all of the adventures she and her little brother have with their nanny. Romano modeled the nanny in her book after herself, and each scene was inspired by her personal experiences caring for children.
Romano wants children to read “Nanny and Me” – or have it read to them – and feel a sense of excitement, peace and joy wash over them. The modern day Mary Poppins wants kids to look forward to the time they spend with their new friend, and most of all, wants them to feel loved.
“I don’t want them to be afraid or upset; or for them to think they did something wrong; or think that Mommy and Daddy don’t love them enough to care for them,” she says. “I want this transition to be a sweet one…something to look forward to and treasure; and I want the kids to understand that the nanny is an extension of their parents.”
Romano describes a nanny as “someone who can care for your child, love your child, be invested in your child and protect your child just as you, the parent, would.”
“The nanny is Mom and Dad’s eyes, ears and heart,” she adds.
Romano hopes parents get just as much out of her book as the children, if not more.
“I may have written this book to help a child through the transition of being cared for by their parents to being cared for by a nanny, but I also wrote it to help the parents through that transition,” she says. “I want them to know that they can trust someone with their children’s lives, hearts and minds.”
Romano lives just outside Chicago where she works as a philanthropist with local nonprofit organizations, and serves as President and Founder of a junior board for young professionals that supports Autism awareness for children and adults.
A dedicated philanthropist and former nanny, Florence Ann Romano has always kept a special place in her heart for children.
Born and raised just outside Chicago, Romano earned a degree in performance theatre at Bradley University in Peoria, IL. She is the owner of Trinity, LLC – a 100% woman owned and new family company that runs the Original Six Media production company; and the online publication, TheSixThirty.com.
Romano started caring for kids before she was a teenager, and she shares those experiences in her first book for children and their parents. Mascot Books releases “Nanny and Me” in May 2015.
A woman with a charitable spirit, Romano spends time working with nonprofit organizations. Inspired by her younger brother, whom is autistic, she is the founder and president of a junior board that supports awareness for children, adults and families touched by Autism.
Links: Florence Ann Romano
- Website: http://www.florenceannromano.com/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FlorenceAnnRomanoNannyandMe
Where are you from? Tell us a little about yourself!
I was born and raised just outside Chicago. I earned a degree in performance theatre at Bradley University in Peoria, IL. I am the owner of Trinity FGC, LLC – a woman owned and new family company that runs the Original Six Media production company; and the online publication, TheSixThirty.com.
I also spend time working with nonprofit organizations. Inspired by my younger brother, whom is autistic, I am the founder and president of a junior board that supports awareness for children, adults and families touched by Autism.
Tell us about your book? How did it get started?
As a former nanny, I always had the desire to write a book that taught children about the transition of being cared for by their parents, to then being cared for by a nanny. Nothing like this exists on the market! And, I felt that was a disservice to children – this topic needs to be addressed and discussed. Child-care is a trend that’s not going anywhere, and children need to know that their parents love them – they didn’t do anything wrong. A nanny is an extension of their parents, and someone who will love and protect them.
I always had the book written on my heart, so the words and storyline came very easily to me. I simply searched my memory for the most treasured moments I shared with all of “my kids.” I wanted those moments to be fun, educational, sweet and loving. Not only does your nanny take care of you, but she educates you; helps cultivate your personality; teaches you life lessons; etc.
This book has been in process for over a year, and I cannot wait to share it with everyone so soon!
How do you create your characters?
The story is told from the perspective of a little girl (about 5 years old), and her little brother (about 9 months old) is along for the journey! The little girl and little boy represent all my “kids,” and even have physical traits like specific children for which I cared.
Also, a personal bit: the little boy was truly inspired by my brother – Michael, whom is 17 months younger than I and – as I mentioned above – has autism. He had beautiful, curly brown hair, the sweetest disposition and was a little chunk as a child! The toy orca whale that the little boy carries in the book is an exact representation of the real-life toy that my brother still carries with him to this day as a grown 27-year-old man.
What inspires and what got your started in writing?
I wanted to be a children’s book author before I wanted to be anything else! I have always had an interest in writing, and it started at a very young age – I would write plays and perform them for family and friends. I eventually went on to be the Feature Editor of my high school paper, and then even considered being a broadcast journalist during college.
What truly inspires me today, as an author, is my life experience. My love for children is strong and pure – they are the best subject matter for anything! They teach us more about life than anyone or anything else – they see the world in an unfiltered way; and they speak without any censor. Whatever they feel or think usually finds its way to you, and I respect that so much (even when their reactions are “colorful”) 😉 They are absorbing everything, sorting through it and learning how to process. I find that fascinating and so inspirational!
Where do you write? Is there something you need in order to write (music, drinks?)
My writing process is a little unorthodox. I generally will go for a long car-ride, listen to songs that are hand-picked to inspire me, and get lost in thought. I don’t write anything down while driving (unsafe!), and for whatever reason, I never have to. But, when I get home, I sit down to jot down my notes and then usually don’t start writing even then!
I only write when I get the surge of energy or inspiration to do it – sometimes that’s at 3am and it wakes me up from sleep. And, once I do, I put on music that reflects the feeling of the scene I am writing, and I just have at it!
What would your advice to be for authors or aspiring in regards to writing?
The best advice I can give is find a muse — someone, something, a memory, a scent that stirs your soul. When you find that, the book starts to write itself! Then, here’s the hardest part: finding the confidence to share it and trusting it in someone else’s hands (ie publisher). It’s your baby and you want to protect it with your life! But, remember, you wrote it to share it. Go for it! You have nothing to lose!