Book Spotlight: Text, Don’t Call by Aaron Caycedo-Kimura (New Release & Author Guest Post) @penguinrandom @TarcherPerigee

Hello fellow readers! Today marks the release of Text, Don’t Call! As part of the release, we have an author guest post on the blog today!

About The Author:

INFJoe is the nom de cartoon of artist Aaron CaycedoKimura. Aaron drummed his way to The Juilliard School in New York City via the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He created INFJoe during a creative rut in 2012 and discovered the incredibly receptive introvert community. He and his wife Luisa live in Connecticut, where they plan to birth as much art as possible. Introversion is “in.” But there are still many misconceptions about introverts in the world. They’re shy. Anti-social. They don’t want to have close relationships. They’re all cat people. They don’t like big parties (okay, that last one might be true). INFJoe, the cartoon persona of artist and introvert Aaron Caycedo-Kimura, is here to set the record straight. Filled with charming comic book style illustrations, this book provides invaluable insights into the introverted life with plenty of humor and wit. Full of moments that will make introverts say, “That’s so me!” as well as helpful tips on surviving at parties and in the workplace, Text, Don’t Call is the perfect gift for your quiet friends, or the extroverted ones who could use some help to better understand the introverts in their lives.

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About The Book:

Title: Text, Don’t Call
Author: Aaron Caycedo-Kimura
Published By: TarcherPerigee
Pub Date: August 15, 2017 – TODAY!

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CONVERSATION WITH AARON CAYCEDO-KIMURA

author of TEXT, DON’T CALL 

You dabbled in music, painting, poetry, and now you’re an author and illustrator. What was your inspiration for writing and illustrating Text, Don’t Call?

Text, Don’t Call began back in January 2013 when I created my online persona, INFJoe, and began posting cartoons on the Internet. Growing up as an introvert and, in particular, an INFJ (my Myers-Briggs type) was incredibly difficult for me. With these cartoons, I wanted to encourage others like me who were feeling odd or out of place. Since the online series was so well received, I decided to put a printed collection together to reach a wider audience. I want as many introverts as possible to know that they are not alone and that introversion is not a defect, but rather a matter of natural wiring.

Which illustration from the book was most fun to create?

There’s a cartoon in the chapter “Getting Through the Holidays and Other Celebrations” where I illustrate what I look like after the holidays and what I actually feel like. It’s a kind of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde thing. It was fun morphing myself into a creature of pure feeling.

Where do you get the ideas for your illustrations?

The ideas come from my life, the experiences of other introverts, and sometimes just crazy stuff I dream up. Some of my family members and friends appear in my book, either as caricatures or as the inspirations behind some of the illustrations. And of course, my wife and I are sprinkled in there as well.

Introverts tend to be very private people. How has it been sharing yourself through your online cartoons?

It’s not an easy thing just to put your artwork out there for all to see and judge. But someone once told me that an artist isn’t an artist unless he or she takes the risk and joins in the conversation. However, I’ve been extremely fortunate that my work has been well received. I thank and appreciate all the online readers of INFJoe Cartoons. Also, not only is it artwork, but much of it is the ups and downs of my life and the blessings and curses of my personality. It may seem uncharacteristic for an introvert to “extrovert” themselves on social media, but I share these things in order to connect and encourage others. INFJs (my Myers-Briggs type) are very relational. I really enjoy interacting with my online readers.

Happy reading until next time!

Lucy