Book Title: Lets Talk! A story of Autism and Friendship by Lisa Jacovsky
Category: Children's Fiction (Ages 3-7), 32 pages
Genre: Children's Picture Book
Publisher: Lisa Jacovsky
Release date: July 2020
Formats Available: hardback, ebook
Tour dates: Mar 29 to Apr 16, 2021
Content Rating: G.
Harper, a seven-year-old little girl that is typically developing, meets a new friend one day at the pool that is diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. They both love to swim at the pool and want to play together however, Emma has little communication skills. Emma can make sounds and not words and flaps her hands when she is excited. When Harper realizes she cannot communicate with her new friend she becomes determined to find a way to. She begins to learn about Autism Spectrum Disorder and the different ways that Emma can communicate. Once she does the two become inseparable. Harper introduces Emma to all her friends and teaches them how to communicate with Emma. Harper and Emma become the center of their circle of friends and have more many more adventures together.
Lisa Jacovsky currently is a doctoral level student at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She is excited the possibilities having her Doctorate degree will bring her. She has been in the field of ABA since 2014. She began working with children with Autism in 2018 and is currently working in Early Intervention. It is her experience with children that inspired her to finally fulfill her dream of writing a book. Lisa began writing short stories when she was seven years old. Writing is her passion and one of many things she enjoys. She is excited for the future of her series Lets Talk!.
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Did you always dream of being a writer/illustrator?
I have always dreamed of being a writer. Growing up I thought getting into writing was so hard and it would be difficult to make a career of it. I never thought it would be as easy as it was. This really has been a dream come true for me.
What has been the hardest part of publishing a book so far?
Hardest part has honestly been the wait lol It has been figuring out the money part of publishing my book. I queried many traditional publishers and agents and received advice but all rejections. I just did not allow that to stop me from making my dream come true. It was really money that stood in the way, but I was determined to save and make it happen.
And the easiest, or most enjoyable?
The easiest part has honesty been the writing of the book. Writing is easy and enjoyable to me. This topic is something I am deeply passionate about and being able to combine that with writing was just natural for me.
There have been so many enjoyable parts of this process. From the writing to deciding how I want my illustrations to be, to telling my friends and family It was in publication to the actual release day. The best part though, holding my book in my hands for the first time. Of all the enjoyable moments, that is my number one favorite because a dream became reality finally.
What is the easiest part of your writing process?
Long as I have the idea in my head writing is extremely easy and just flows. I tend to black out anything else around me and just write. Then when I come out of that sort of trance, I read what I wrote and see how much I wrote.
What is next for you?
Next is my second book in the series is being dropped on April 2, 2021 just in time for Autism Awareness month. I really hope to show with this second book another adventure or activity that little ones with Autism can do and not be afraid of judgement. I also have two other projects in the works that I am proud of. I wrote my family history into a story and will be putting it into publication, and I cannot wait to get the illustration process started. I also wrote the third installment in my short story series about the silly shenanigans my cats get into called Rascal Cat brothers. All three can be read on medium @ljayauthor or vocal. I plan to turn them into a short story book when I have four or more and put illustrations in. Hoping to have that done later this year too. Keep up on my social media and website for all these fun things coming and more books in the Let’s Talk series.
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