Author Noah Escaler – I am proud of my 10-year old daughter to co-write and illustrate this book with me.
Noah Escaler is a Special Educator of 15 years and teaches students with severe/profound intellectual disabilities and Autism. He always dreamt of writing a children’s book, especially one with a heart-warming and life lesson within it.
His daughter Liv and he decided to write a book about ‘Inclusion and Acceptance’. It is one that brings you through the journey and trials and tribulations students within a middle school setting has when socially interacting with each other.
How long did it take to get your first novel / book published?
I thought of the book’s overall story line in 2018. I was in my classroom and thought, wouldn’t it be a great idea to have a book about Inclusion? It would help others try to learn of students with special needs, and also reflect on oneself with predisposed notions or possible judgement on those who may be a little different. It has been 2 years in the making, my daughter illustrated the interior and I had it digitized for publishing.
I would like to emphasize how proud I am of my 10 year old daughter and aspiring artist/illustrator. We had so much fun making this book and that connection and project will last a lifetime for me. Liv my daughter is so very talented. I couldn’t be more proud.
What mistakes did you make with the publishing of your first book which you try not to repeat?
Not many, I only wish I had published earlier. My daughter was 8 years old and the two years of manuscript editing and refining was needed. Her artistic skills had also improved, so the end product of the book is much better during the 2+ years of development.
Can you focus on working on two books or stories at the same time?
I think one book at a time is the way to go. So often my mind wants to work on the series, but refining the current book is integral in order to make sequences better.
Is there a modus operandi you follow and formulate before you actually start writing your next book?
I typically just open up a word document, and start typing my thoughts or organizational lists/sequences about the story. Knowing your beginning, middle and end is important in order to get your thoughts transcribed in order. I also, love to sketch scenes when writing, so that I know what the finished product could look like. Asking opinions of others as well for constructive criticism during the entire process is my typical modus operandi as well.
Does the writer’s block actually exist? Any tips you would give to come out of it.
I don’t think writer’s block actually exists. Writing is an art, a craft. If you are forcing your thoughts, the creativity and dynamics are lost. Writing is love, it should not dwindle with effects of being hard work. My biggest tip would be thoughts/ideas can come into your head at any point, “Make sure you write it down at the moment” no matter where/when so that you can revisit it with a fresh mind when ready to write.
What was the book that most influenced your life, and why?
I loved children’s books and other books that paint a picture in your head. Harry Potter, Matilda, James and the Giant Peach, were all the one’s that made my mind travel to mystical settings!
How often do you read other novels? Who are your favourite authors?
I have read the Davini Code and also enjoyed that book, as it was very descriptive and brought me into an adventure that really left an imprint and great memories pertaining to its’ story.
You can buy the book from Amazon.