One of the things my editors (and beta readers) really liked about my book was the relationship between my protagonist, Jessa, and her older brother, Danny.
Danny is a person with autism. And no, it’s not what I like to call “Superhero Aspergers” autism – a trope that gets used and overused a lot, especially in fantasy and sci-fi. You don’t see enough people on the spectrum in books as it is, and a lot of the time when you do they have these superhuman powers and/or are incredibly verbal and pedantic. It’s not very often you read about someone on the spectrum who’s a person of average intelligence but has difficulty with communication and social cues, or overloads on sensory stimulation.
I know all too well how to write that because I live that every day. I have son on the autism spectrum. Continue reading