Friday, May 17, 2013

Author Interview with Dr. Aaron Chokan of "Lai-Lai Meets Chub-Chub"

Dr. Chokan has been a successful, practicing foot and ankle specialist for 10 years.  Currently, he is owner and founder of Ohio Foot and Ankle Center with 4 locations in Northeast Ohio.  He lives in Hudson, Ohio with his loving wife and 5 children: Hunter, Reece, Finlay, Calais and Lucia and their dog Paisley.  Dr. Chokan is an avid golfer and tennis player.


Dr. Chokan, tell us about your current book. Give a short summary. 

My current book is about the story about my daughter Calais (Lai-Lai) and her struggle to pick the name for her dog.  In the story, she used nature to help her choose a name.  She then brings the audience in with participation to help her shout out some names.  She is such a great story to tell that this intro book is just the beginning. 

Can you tell us about your publisher and how the process worked in getting published? 
I found out about this publishing company from a nurse that I work with at the hospital.   She had written a non-fiction novel.  She was very happy and I used this referral to help start mine.  I believe I started the process in November or December.  My publisher was amazing to have to deal with my habit of wanting perfection.  But we worked through it and the book is such a great addition to our family.  The company, Halo publishing, made the process easy.  They have such a big team to help me get through the overwhelming amount of marketing that it takes to make a book successful.

How did you get the idea for this book? 
The idea of the story came up when my daughter Calais (who we nickname Lai-Lai) decided to give our dog (Paisley) a nickname Chub-Chub.  She loves her dog so much that every day is an adventure and she is such a love to everyone in the family that she was such a great story to tell.

What is a typical writing day like for you? 
Well, I do not have a true “typical writing day.”  I kind of get to my writing in between the other part of day taking care of patients, performing surgery, running a successful business, being a landlord and then finally being a father to my 5 children.  So usually writing is in the early morning probably 5:30, I turn on my laptop, sit on the couch and begin to write as a 3.5 year old would.  
 
What do you enjoy most about writing?
Best part about writing is being able to use my creativity.  Being a foot and ankle specialist, we obviously have to follow rules and guidelines and make sure that we are helping the patient to experience relief and keep them healthy and happy.  But when writing there are really only rules of the English language and those can be bent most of the time.   

What is the most difficult part of writing? 
I think the most difficult thing about writing is trying to not write how we speak.

How has publishing a book changed your life?
I think it is quite a sense of accomplishment when you have told someone that you have written a book.  Most of my patients and family and friends are my greatest fans.  Everyone has been so supportive.  It is funny to have my patients ask me “when did you have time to do this?”  So that seems to be the most common response since they know how busy I am running the business and keeping up with my five beautiful children.

If your book is based on true events, how has that affected those around you or why made you choose to use historical events?  
I think that I write about historical events and things that have happened with my family because they are usually the most memorable and some of the happiest moments in my life.  My family is the happiest thing that has happened to me and all I want to do is tell it in a story.  But this story I chose to talk about how this relationship that she has with her dog is going to grow and I plan to bring the whole family into the next one. 

What are your plans now?
Plans now are to see how well I can market my book.  I guess I never knew the costs of starting and finishing a book.  I never really cared to sell the books and to make money off it.  I was just happy letting everyone learn about my daughter and how this adventure book will grow as she grows.  It was really just mementos for my family and friends.  But I will continue to write my next book which is almost completely done.
  
What is your best tip for aspiring authors?
I went to talk to my twin son’s classes during right to read week in Hudson, Ohio.  They are all writing stories and being creative and so, I would tell anyone that the minute you think of something that sounds like a great idea, write it down!  Keep those thoughts, keep adding to it, and go back to it a little at a time.  

Is there anything else you would like to share with our readership?  
The most amazing part of the story is how well my illustrator and I worked together to create the look and the scenes of the book.  I had the scenes all laid out and she made them come to life.  I used to love to come home from work and each night open up a new email from her to approve or change each scene.  I miss that.    

Do you have a website? If so, please give the URL. If not, where can readers go online to learn more about your book(s) and to order?
You can find out more about Dr. Aaron Chokan, his picture book series and World of Ink Author/Book Tour at http://tinyurl.com/clmogvy

Follow Dr. Aaron Chokan at

www.facebook.com/lailaiandchubchub  and you can learn more about me at www.ohiofac.com thanks so much.
 

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