Interview with Lynda Mullaly Hunt by Joan Young

It’s not every day you read a book that reaches inside, grabs your heart, and takes it on a journey through laughter, tears, and hopeful moments of reflection. One for the Murphy’s inspired me to think back on my time as a foster care social worker and classroom teacher and consider the incredible strengths and resilience of children I’ve met, and the families who became “their heroes.” Carley’s honest voice also touched the child inside of me who had a difficult time fitting in, validating my own trials and tribulations of growing up.

After I finished One for the Murphy’s, I tweeted to Lynda Mullaly Hunt, expressing my gratitude for this marvelous book. She kindly replied to my expression of being “authorstruck!”

After more conversation with Lynda on Twitter, and recalling a prior unrelated request from Colby Sharp to guest post on the Nerdy Book Club Blog, I had a brainstorm: What if I asked Lynda to do an interview on Skype? I mustered up my nerve and sent her a DM (direct message) on Twitter. In the blink of an eye it seemed, she responded, yes!

In the video interview, you will hear Lynda’s replies to topics listed below. I have noted the start time of each question/answer in case you want to watch the video in segments.

How Carley called to Linda as a 12 year old girl (:52)

What Lynda thinks of foster parents (2:40)

Getting Personal: Lynda’s own experience of strength and resilience that added so much to her authentic voice  (5:00)

Fictional characters who inspired Lynda as a kid (10:33)

Carley’s counting and coping techniques (12:39)

Lynda the lyricist and the power of music (15:50)

How will Carley cope? (19:54)

Getting to know Toni, loving the Red Sox, and fitting in. ( 25:37)

Will we hear from Carley again? (31:00)

Lynda’s message to Carley  (33:17)

As you can tell from the smile pasted on my face during the interview, I had an incredible time talking with Lynda. She is truly a hero in her willingness to share such a powerful and hopeful story.

Thank you, Lynda, and thank you, Colby, for inviting me to post on the Nerdy Book Club blog. What a double honor this is for me!

 Joan Young (@flourishingkids on Twitter) is a 4th grade teacher in the San Francisco Bay Area. With a background in social work and therapy, she began teaching K-1, passionate about helping kids discover their strengths and work through their challenges so that they can flourish. Joan is also the author of the Scholastic title 25 Super Sight Word Songs & Mini-Books. She loves teaching, reading for hours on end, and is a proud member of the Nerdy Book Club.