A BIT ABOUT ME, AND WHY I'M ASKING YOU TO DONATE
When I discovered I was on the autistic spectrum I wrote THE OTHER BOY, a ghost story with psychological thriller elements and which also has a young autistic boy as one of the main characters, and an older character with learning difficulties, a man who is misunderstood by his neighbours. The thing about autism and the autistic spectrum is that it is so misunderstood. I've had people say to me, 'Well, you seem alright.' And I want to say, 'Well, thanks for your judgment about what's alright.' I think I'm alright, mostly, but I also know there is so much I cannot do that others take for granted, like crossing a crossroads with traffic lights, or going into a supermarket with all the sights and sounds and smells...it confuses my brain and then the palpitations begin. And yes, it's pretty horrible. I'd love to to be able to drive, go to concerts, watch bands like Coldplay, and go to the theatre to see plays and musicals. And yes, I might be alright, and then again, I might not, and I would hate for anyone to see me when I'm not.
This is me... Look sort of okay, don't I?
When I was about five I think I already knew I was a bit different. I was happier spending time on my own, reading, or writing my journal. I wrote a journal about everything, from things happening at school to the ferry we travelled to the Isle of Wight on. Then I wrote my first book when I was seven called Misha and the Eskimo. I illustrated it and my mum sewed it into a book for me, with real turning pages, and I remember being incredibly proud of it. From that moment on I knew I wanted to be a writer more than anything in the world. Now I'm much older (it's a secret?) and I'm still writing. I've written for lots of companies all over the world and ghost-written a number of books. I've also written fourteen novels, none of which have catapulted me to the big time. It's okay, I'm cool with it, but I would love to do some good with my work.
My eldest grandson was diagnosed with autism when he was about three. There was a lot about him and how he behaved that I recognised and I wondered...could I be the same. Then my youngest grandchild was born and he was also diagnosed with autism although in a very different way. I decided it was time to bite the bullet and find out whether I would be diagnosed. Two years later I received a diagnosis that took my whole life and threw it up in the air. I'm still waiting for everything to settle down.
THE OTHER BOY, is my reward for you. If you can help with a pledge of £10.00 or more I will forward an ebook, and for £20.00 or more I will send you a signed soft back, or paperback as some call it. THE OTHER BOY is due for publication in October, and with enough support I could send a donation to The National Autistic Society, or maybe even help some youngsters directly which would be so great. My grandson needed speech therapy and had to wait a year and a half before he was given one appointment. I'm sure he isn't the only one. You may know someone in the same position whose parents are very concerned they can't get the help they need for their child.
I should tell you I am also selling my book on Amazon. I think it's only fair that you know that, but I hope you will support my project. When all book printing costs are taken into account, everything else will be used for the project. And I know between us we can help those out there who are struggling with this complicated, strange, and yes, sometimes wonderful thing, wonderful because when we achieve something it's a real celebration and time for a party, even if it is just me and my family.
Thank you so much for reading. I hope you will donate, and yes, of course, I hope you love THE OTHER BOY.