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, is due to be released by Jessica Kingsley Publishers in April 2023. I am currently writing my YA fiction debut, which has an autistic protagonist at the heart of the adventure.