Author Chats: Diego Peña
If you dreamed of being an author when you were little, chances are you didn’t expect to write a book until you were grown. Those days are gone. The words, experiences, and insights of children are just as true and powerful as their adult counterparts. In today’s publishing world, you can read books written by kids, like Diego. In Anatomy of Autism, you’ll learn more from this 9-year-old non-verbal autistic writer than you’ve ever known about autism.
Tell us a little about you. Besides being an author, what else do you do?
I’m a young gentleman with autism who loves videos, music, rebellion, and comedy.
What books have you written?
I wrote the book, Anatomy of Autism, that is about my life with autism. I like to discuss real life and not pretend that I’m perfect. I think its important to know how different our experiences can be. I wrote this as a class project and now it’s used to teach tolerance.
How do your books address the particular reading needs of Background Noise Books audiences?
From Mom: Diego is twice-exceptional. He wrote his book from the point of view of a child who is both autistic and gifted.
Who is your favorite author?
My favorite author is Dr. Seuss because he is brilliant with words. His books make you want to learn to read.
Who is your ideal audience?
My ideal audience is anyone who is lost in the world of judgement. My hope is to bring new ideas to challenge common misconceptions about autism.