When I was 23 years old, I was diagnosed as autistic. It was a bittersweet moment for me. On the one hand, it answered a lot of questions that had been accumulating since I was a child. On the other, it highlighted that a lot of the struggles I had faced when I was younger could have been avoided with the right support.
I was (and still am!) an avid reader, but I never felt that I recognised myself in the pages of a book. The characters didn’t face the same struggles as me, didn’t think the same way, so as much as I tried to immerse myself in these fictional worlds, there was always something missing.
Now, as an adult, I write books that neurodivergent kids and teens, like I once was, can see themselves in. My non-fiction debut, The Autistic Guide to Adventure, was published in March 2023.
Bio: Allie Mason is an autistic author and microadventurer with her first book, The Autistic Guide to Adventure, published in 2023. She lives in the English countryside with her partner and their beloved Labrador. The purpose of her writing is to give neurodivergent young people a place where they recognise themselves and feel that they belong.