Lily Amis: Children & YA Author, Blogger, Illustrator and Voice4Refugees
May 01, 2016
Q&A Interview with Author and Film critic Trevor Pacelli
Each one of us has a story
to tell and everyone we meet is
fighting a battle we know nothing about. This section “The Q & A Interview with inspiring people” isdedicated to exceptional
personalities, who either have something to educate us or to inspire us.
Today I want you to meet young Indie-Author TrevorPacelli, who has published his
first book at 19.
The Author Trevor Pacelli
Trevor is a
23-year-old with Autism who recently graduated from Arizona State University
with a Bachelors’ in Film and Media Studies and is pursuing a degree in
screenwriting. He’s an Indie-Author, photograph and Movie Critic. Trevor was a 23-year-old with Autism who recently graduated from
Arizona State University with a Bachelors’ in Film and Media Studiesdiagnosed with Autism at age 5. Growing
up autistic has been difficult not only for him but also for his
parents and sister. They all had to learn about autism and how
to deal with it. Therefore Trevor wrote and published his book “Six Word
Lessons on Growing Up Autistic“, because he deeply wants
other families with autistic children to learn from his own
The Book “Six-Word Lessons on Growing Up Autistic”
Trevor PacelliTrevor Pacelli
One percent of the population of children in the U.S.
aged 3-17 have an autism spectrum disorder… Only 56% of students with autism finish high school… One million Americans live with an autism spectrum disorder…
bookReaders find 100 short, practical tips to
help understand the autistic person in their life, told through
personal experiences by someone who has grown up autistic.
& A Interview with American young Author and Film Blogger Trevor Pacelli
“Love is seeing everyone else around you
as more important than yourself, regardless of what wrong they may have done.”
When did you feel that you are
different than other kids?
The earliest I can remember being
different from other kids was sometime in the middle of elementary school (that
is, around 4th grade). This was when I began to take notice that I
was more socially isolated than the other kids in my class, and that I
struggled at making real friendships. But it was the beginning of high school
when it really hit me; that I had no clue who to make friends with or how. Not
just that, but others didn’t seem to really want to be friends with me, because
they knew I was different.
How do people such as family,
friends etc. deal with your autism?
My parents were always very
supportive of my autism. They took many actions to help me, including speech
therapy and some homeschooling. Even to this day they are dealing with my
autism in any way that will best help me. I have one older sister, and she certainly
seemed to have difficulty in dealing with my autism. We struggled to get along
most of the time growing up, but then again, what siblings haven’t? As for my
friends, it certainly took some time, but I did find several friends in high
school and in college who accepted me for who I was and genuinely enjoyed
spending time with me. Several of them I’m still in touch with to this day.
How did autism affect your daily
life as a kid and now as an adult?
One thing that has always been an
obstacle for me was advocating to sudden changes in schedule. I have always
liked to set a routine down to the minute (and still do), so whenever sudden
things would come up such as a last-minute night out to dinner with the family,
it would seriously disorient me. Now, it’s more of an inconvenience to me than
it is a total obstacle. My issues as an adult are more involving verbal
communication. While I have proven to have an excellent written voice, my
spoken voice drags quite a bit. What’s been difficult is my capability of
taking my overly active thoughts and suddenly putting them into the right
What is your definition of autism,
when you have to explain it to others?
Autism is a developmental condition
where certain social skills such as speaking or comprehending others’ emotions
take longer than average to develop. But their social weaknesses are benefited
by some terrific strengths in a specific area of focus, such as music or
biology. But even that’s a broad description, as the conditions related to
autism are very different for each individual.
What is the most annoying
misunderstanding in our society when it comes to dealing with autistic people?
A lot of people tend to think of
autism as being a condition on intelligence. Say for instance, I had a friend
once ask me if autism could be cured through enough educational training on
mathematics and physics. Absolutely not! While many kids with autism may
perform relatively worse in some school subjects than their peers, it does not
automatically conclude that autism makes them dumb. It just means their
specific interests are focused on something besides that subject.
When did you decide to publish a
book about autism and why?
When I was in my freshman year at
Bellevue College (before transferring to Arizona State University), I decided
to write about my experiences growing up with autism and how I overcame various
challenges. My parents had already owned their own publishing business (and
still do) with a book series called, Six-Word Lessons as their
trademark. What I wanted to do was contribute to that series with my book on Growing
Up Autistic, so that other parents of autistic children as well as social
workers can hear my story and get a sense of the autistic mind from a
You have recently graduated from
Arizona State University with a Bachelors’ in Film and Media Studies.
Congratulations for this achievement. What are your plans for the future?
Thank you. Right now, I am working
on three things: developing my own photography business (trevorpacelliphotography.com),
developing my blog (trevorsviewonhollywood.com) and promoting the book on
autism managed by my parents’ business (Consetta Group). What I hope for in the
future is to set up a service where I can offer out movie suggestions for people
depending on gender, age, preference on run length, favorite genre, and other
factors. There are also other books that I am thinking about writing, but those
are all just working ideas at this moment, nothing set in stone yet.
When did you find out your passion
That’s a lot like asking when the
absolute first computer was invented. I’m not sure exactly when I found my
passion for film. While growing up, I always loved watching movies by Disney
and Pixar, and was always able to list each of Pixar’s films chronologically by
memory. When I sent in my application for Bellevue College, I scrolled through
the list of majors to see what would best fit me. I simply concluded on picking
“film studies” as my major, as it seemed to be the best fit for me. Turned out
I was right! Once I got started in taking film courses, I finally got to
watching the big Hollywood classics, and learning precisely how to watch and
analyze a film. I still to this day love learning everything I can about how to
watch a movie with a critical eye.
What is your favorite film of all
American Beauty. I already
recommended it for the #MUSTC list on this blog, and for good reason.
Everything about this movie just moved me to the core and changed everything I
thought I knew about film. I love the performances, the story, the director’s
vision but what most moves me is the message it has to say about what we define
as beautiful. Every character in the film is instantly relatable in some way to
a different part of your personality, and they all create the whole of the
film’s timely message. It won the Academy Award for Best Picture of 1999, and
man was it well earned!
Last but not least what is your
definition of Love in three words? What is your definition of Love in one
Love: I am last.
Love: To see everyone else around
you as more important than yourself, regardless of what wrong they may have
What a beautiful answer! You really touched my heart. What an amazing soul
you are. God bless you and your loving family. Thank you very much for sharing
your life story with us. I really do appreciate it. You are an inspiration for
many people out there, who are dealing with a disorder. You’re the perfect
example that if you’re passionate about something you can achieve all your goals.
I wish you and your family the best of luck for the future and I truly hope
that all your dreams and wishes come true.
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If you know any inspiring personality
like Trevor, who should be discovered, supported, encouraged, and promoted on my
BLOG, please contact me and I will decide whether I will do a “Question and Answer Interview” and
promote their work or not! Many thanks in advance and God bless. Lily
I’m a children and YA author, blogger, publisher and illustrator. I’m the author of the memoir DESTINATION FREEDOM, also known as THE STOLEN YEARS IN ZURICH and many more books in English and German. Some of my books are also available in Italian and Spanish. For more information about my books, ebooks, audiobooks, my free blogger magazine READ MY MIND and my charity projects, please visit www.LilyAmis.com