In August 2014, I decided to write a book. At that time I didn't care if I could get a publisher or not to support it, I just wanted to write a book. My plan at the time was to have a few books printed through a printer store and sell them off my website. All I wanted to do and all I still want to do is to share my words. Even if my words help one person, then it was all worth it!
Much to my surprise, I did get a few publishers who were interested in my book. With that said, I went for it. I wouldn't have been able to do it without the support of my family, especially my younger brother, Brent.
I am getting asked a lot about how I wrote the book. What is the style? Is it a biography style book that is wrote in chronological order? Well, the answer to that questions is, No.
I wanted my first book to be different than all the other memoirs on autism that I have read. I wanted my first book to not just be able to help a mother or father of a child with autism, but I wanted it to help their family....their friends...their neighbors...their community.....their therapist....their teacher....the whole world! I wanted it to be a book where anyone that knows someone with autism could read it and get something from it. Therefore, I came up with the book that I wrote.
Two Brothers One Journey: The Lovely, Courageous Struggles of an Autism Mom has 38 chapters in it. Every chapter is on a different topic. The book covers everything that I, a mother of two boys on different ends of the spectrum, have learned and endured the first six years of my autism journey. I discuss everything from the physical and mental exhaustion, heartache, and the joys of autism. I am open and honest with my feelings. I have had the pleasure of meeting and talking to numerous other autism parents since my journey and almost everything that I am honest about in my book, is what many of the other parents have expressed to me as well.
I already have received an email from a publisher who is reading my book now. She wrote me to tell me that she had a cousin with autism and my book opened up her eyes to what her aunt and late uncle went through raising her cousin. Therefore, she wrote her aunt a letter to thank her for doing everything they did for her cousin.
That my friends is exactly why I wrote my book. In my eyes, my book is already a success. All I wanted to do was to help one person and I already did:)
Released July 30, 2016
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