Interview with Jonna Amato-Ocampo

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing for me is to inspire others to follow the path that will lead them to their own happiness.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are valued, and most are children and parents who look forward to reading the next page in my book. It brings joy to my heart to receive messages from the parents who read "On My Way to the Lilikoi Tree" to their child. After reading the book, the parents share their child's experience with me, which is priceless.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I am not writing, I spend my time training as a Commercial Scientist-Astronaut Candidate and working as a Biomedical Researcher. As a scientist, I am working on creating a new antibiotic that will have dual applications in Space and on Earth.
What are you working on next?
I am working on my next children's picture book called "Henry the Astronaut."
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story that I ever wrote was in third grade. I was selected to read it to the Kindergarten class at my elementary school. The children were confused because they never heard this story. At my young age and afterward, I thought that maybe I should have read an actual children's book. Little did I know that forty years later, I would pursue writing and having a published children's book.
What is your writing process?
My writing process is a visual one and interactive of the places where I have traveled or wish to visit one day.
How do you approach cover design?
The way that I approach a cover design is by combining the book's name with selecting a picture that represents the overall theme of the book. I want an interested and prospective reader to know that with my books, you can judge a book by its cover.
Describe your desk
My desk has a laptop, a large notepad, pens and colored pencils that stand upright inside of a translucent paper clip holder, a printer, post-it pads, a white board, a bottle of spring water, and several cups of Nespresso coffee to fuel me through my writing.
Published 2017-05-04.
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