AUTHOR INTERVIEW: ANGELA SHANTE
The Noisy Classroom
Publication date: May 5th
A young girl is about to enter the third grade, but this year she’s put into Ms. Johnson’s noisy class. Everything about the noisy class is odd. While all the other classes are quiet, Ms. Johnson sings and the kids chatter all day. The door is always closed, yet sounds from it can be heard in the hallway. With summer coming to an end and school starting, the girl realizes that soon she’ll be going to the noisy class. What will school be like now?
What or who inspired you to write The Noisy Classroom?
- Angela: My students inspired me to write this book. I wanted to create a modern day Magic School Bus vibe that centered around a Black teacher and diverse students. A part of me wrote the book to teach students AND educators that students can thrive in nontraditional settings.
Angela: My biggest struggle was waiting for all the piece to fall into place. I have a hard time being patient. But I know it's a balancing act when you create something for the world to consume. A part of me wanted to get the book into the world, while the other part wanted to wait for the right publishing company and the right team who understood what I need as a Black author.
Angela: I hope the readers will enjoy the story and start to reevaluate how the perceive noise.
Angela: I listen to Jazz and turn my phone on 'do not disturb'
- Angela: This depends on the mood I am in and what genre I'm reading...Feminist theory - bell hooks / Children's books - Jacqueline Woodson / Poetry - Nikki Giovanni / Fiction - Toni Morrison
Angela: Yes, my second book, "When My Cousins Come to Town" pubs in 2021. It's about cousin culture and nicknames in Black culture.
- Angela: Amazon / West Margin Press / Angelashante.com / Barnes & Noble
Thank you Angela Shante for sharing with Mocha Books and readers.