What Makes My Book Different?
Young Female Autistic Voice.
To find a book from an Asperger’s perspective can be rare - to find one written from a young female perspective can be mission impossible. This is because most books of this hugely popular topic are penned by a male, parental, or older perspective. The few young female perspective books that are available, I have found are often lacking in detail and understanding. These books don’t educate upon the full extent of the hidden disability; whilst also lacking the wonderful combination of ‘work / life’ and ‘qualified’ writing experience. I have worked in schools and pre-schools with people with Special Education Needs (Including Autism) for many years, whilst also being qualified with qualifications and work / voluntary experience within the world of Autism. Yes, I am only 25.
I inspire my audience (readers and listeners alike) from an award winning personal, professional and psychological point of view; opening eyes from all backgrounds of autism knowledge to pique their intellectual and emotional curiosity. For those reading to learn more about the Spectrum, I can motivate an understanding using the best source of education - personal and professional insight.
As a Role Model to many fans nationwide, I can provide that hope, understanding and clarity of mind that there are quirks to the disability too. This is because many books are not detailed enough to create a true understanding, and are very negative. It’s a sad reality that there are many books like that; they may give some detail into the obvious hardships of Asperger’s in an over whelming manner, while lacking articulate understanding, but they tend to ignore the fabulous characteristic too! My book is a healthy mix of both positive quirks and the obvious and more importantly, the hidden hardships too. I aim to inspire and replenish the reader’s sense of self; that yes, they are more than a diagnosis, and yes; their disability does not make them naughty, bad or odd. It makes them clever, passionate and honest. For parents, teachers or carer the perspective of my book, create a rare un told insight into how to best support those on the spectrum, with advice to follow and a fresh understanding of the reasoning’s of the autistic mind, that is previously shied away from. My book clarifies how to best support ‘Autism gifts’ into a reality with practical advice, relatable true stories, Role Modelling, and humorous dialogue.
My Fairy Jam Jar is a unique and desirable non-fiction Asperger’s perspective book, with a rare chapter on mental health; exploring the many hidden hardships of the disability – and why those with Autism can be more prone to mental health issues, as well as my own insightful and eye opening experiences and advice. Competing books seem to keep mental health and Autism as a grey area; often avoiding the topic completely. This is something that used to upset me growing up. For example, Authors would briefly mention bullying but not talk about how bullying drastically impacted their lives. Whereas a child on the spectrum experiencing bullying can have a massive impact on their mental health due to necessity for rules and routine; anything out of routine or that is wrong can become incorrect – damaging mental health. If something unimportant (like a change in toothpaste) can cause a meltdown what happens when something horrid happens; Such as bullying (9/10 disabled experience bullying), abuse, disability hate crimes (1,200 every week) or discrimination? It will impact their mental health; causing depression, OCD, anxiety and even Trauma.
As a child growing up with mental health issues and a disability on the spectrum I found it impossible to relate to the older male authors who completely ignored such a vast and important subject. For a book to ignore a ‘voodoo’ topic, can only make the readers with these issues feel more isolated and to blame for something out of their control. My aim with this chapter is to tackle these issues head on, eradicating harmful stereotypes, by being a role model for those in need; telling my story of darkness with practical advice on how I over came struggles to become more positive and happy.
In summary, The vast majority of Asperger’s syndrome nonfiction books are written by male authors, or are written from an adult’s or professional / parents perspective. While growing up I found these books impossible to relate to, and I still feel there is a gap in the market for a younger female voices. My book is written by a female author who has Asperger’s syndrome (me) during childhood to adulthood, sharing hilarious and heartbreaking real life stories to illustrate the in-depth difficulties faced on a daily basis. My book goes further into the hidden aspects of this disability, touching grey areas previously shied away from, and also make my book stand out against the rest, for example:
*Mental health issues,
*Shutdowns Frozen Defence Mode
While my book explores the difficulties it has an overall positive message and gives lots of practical advice for others with Asperger’s, their parents and teachers.
I'm an Autistic Professional
As a passionate multi-national and world award winning Autism Activist and world autism ambassador, I have built up an online platform www.aspergerworld.co.uk which offers a world of information, guidance, inspiration and practical advice to the Autistic Community, which has around 100 hits per day. Through this website I have been able to reach out to people all over the world, which has lead me to feature on an award winning American TV series, and consequently gained me 2 world wins, for a prestigious International Award with ANCA, Naturally Autistic (An award that celebrates Autistic peoples talents and achievements worldwide). Thus increasing traffic to my website and the work I do to help raise an understanding of my Asperger’s Syndrome. I have appeared on BBC Politics Show and BBC Radio One ‘Stories from the Spectrum’ to raise awareness and am part of BBC Generation 2015, so media opportunities can present themselves to me through the BBC, looking for an autistic voice. Due to my passion and dedication to Autism Activism, I have created a large online presence and a committed fan base that eagerly follow my work, and are eagerly awaiting the release of my book. Type your paragraph here.