Meet Author Aaron McGinley

Please join me in welcoming author Aaron McGinley, the author of the beloved book Aiden McGee Gets a Case of the “Actuallys”.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

Children inspire you. I’ve always done professional writing, and my silly side always came out in my work with kids and at a summer camp. But I knew when I had my kid and she inspired a dream, I had to model for them to follow through.

How inspirational! How long have you been writing professionally?

This is my first book!

What does your writing schedule look like?

Have you ever tried to write a book with a crying baby in one hand and a keyboard in the other, at 9 at night? I have!

Yes. It is quite the struggle. What are your favorite books to read? Any that might not be well known?

I love a good thriller. Also, as a therapist, I devour psychology articles!

What have you found to be the most difficult thing about writing?

In my case, it was realizing that the traditional publishing route has very regimented ideas about what makes a book sell. For instance, my book targets highly intelligent children, and realizing that parents know they can manage a higher word count, but that publishers don’t was disheartening. I don’t regret going the independent route though, because now my book is landing into the hands of parents, kids, teachers, and therapists that appreciate it!

What have you found to be the most rewarding?

Almost daily, I hear from parents that are using the book as a tool to help their bright children to connect with others.

That is truly rewarding. What advice to you have for aspiring authors?

Just do it.

What publications do you have out now?

Aiden McGee Gets a Case of The Actuallys.

Do you have an upcoming release? If so, tell us about it.

I might have a few tricks up my sleeve! Follow me on amazon!

What writing projects are you working on?

The one that will soon be released and another one of the three series

Where can we follow you and purchase your books?

You can purchase my books here.

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Book Review: Aiden McGee Gets a Case of the “Actuallys”

Aiden McGee Gets the Case of the “Actuallys
by Aaron McGinley

This was an adorable book about Aiden who can’t seem to help himself in correcting other people. He becomes aware of this habit one Monday during a school trip. His mom, who is also a doctor, diagnoses Aiden with a “Case of the Actuallys”. During this discussion, Mom suggests Aiden asks himself if something is necessary, kind, or true before saying something.

I loved this part of the story because as a Technology Teacher, I often discuss the THINKmethod that children use before posting online. Ask yourself if it is True, Helpful, Inspiring, Necessary, and Kind. I can see myself reading a story like this to my students next year as we review digital citizenship.

You can get your copy of Aiden McGee Gets a Case of the “Actuallys” here.

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