Aiden, who published his first book at age 11, lives in Phoenix, Arizona and attends Centennial Elementary School. Diagnosed with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) at the age of 5, Aiden has always had an active imagination, but a difficult time getting those amazing ideas down on paper. When he's not writing, he loves hanging out with his friends and family, gaming, and swimming. His biggest strengths (his super powers!) are his sense of humor and his unending creativity.
His Diagnosis: For Aiden, having ADHD is just another part of his everyday life. Being able to laugh and see the funny side of some of his behaviors has helped him to cope and accept his diagnosis. He hopes to be a role model to younger kids with similar challenges by showing them that, while they may need to approach challenges differently than others, they can achieve anything they set their mind to!
Writing: In school, ironically, writing is one of the areas that he struggles with most. He often has to take his work home to finish it while others in class seem to complete their writing assignments. This can be frustrating and disheartening, but with the help of his family, he's found ways to overcome the challenge and write some pretty awesome stories that make his friends, family, and teachers laugh.
Aiden prefers typing and talking over hand writing any day. So, with his mom's help and lots of support from his family, he's found a process that works for him. He first talks through his ideas, coming up with and shooting down idea after idea until he lands on one "path" for the story that he loves. In the case of his Captain Waffello books, his mom then gets to work illustrating his ideas. Once the illustrations are just like he wants them, he writes in that portion of the story. While the process takes a while (several months, sometimes), it works for him!
How old were you when you published your first book?
11 years old – I started the book during my last semester of 5th grade and finished it over summer break.
Who are your readers?
Mostly kids ages 4-8. I write books that encourage kids to focus, so they’re perfect for kids that have ADHD/ADD or other attention-related issues. But many of my readers don’t have any trouble with attention or focus – they just like the silliness of the characters I think.
What inspired you to write children’s books?
I like to write about characters that kids like me can relate to...
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