ANGIE PETIT earned a degree in educational interpreting for the deaf and hard of hearing. When her son was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, she and her husband became involved in the special needs community, organizing events and mentoring newly diagnosed families. Public education, acceptance, and inclusion are Angie’s passion.
Q: Where did you get the idea for your most recent book?
A: Angie Petit We are a recently retired military family who moved around frequently. We have always been in search of the perfect way to introduce the boys (our son Hugo and his service dog Koda) to their new classrooms. After struggling to find any children’s books on autism service dogs, I gave up the search and started to write. “Hugo’s Hero” introduces autism and autism service dogs through the eyes of my favorite (I’m incredibly biased lol) duo Hugo and Koda! We want to show that everyone is unique in their own ways and that is acceptable! I may jump up and sing when I get excited you might smile or giggle we are all different and we are all perfect in our own way! I could not have done this without the love and support of our FAVORITE service dog company the amazing Autism Service Dogs of America who not only trained Koda into the super service dog that he is but changed our lives forever!
Q: How do you get inspired to write?
A: Angie Petit My son, Hugo, inspires me daily to think outside the box and be the best person I can be.
Q: What’s the best thing about being a writer?
A: Angie Petit Knowing your book has helped someone or taught someone something.
Q: What’s your advice for aspiring writers?
A: Angie Petit Publishing a book has been an unique experience. Putting yourself out there to the public eye is a very vulnerable thing and made me extremely nervous. However, the outcome was worth all the fear. Believe in your self, write something you love, and stay positive. A fellow author and friend said to me “one book can change the world” now I am telling you go write that book!