I have heard authors say how hard it is to write when there is potential for criticism of their work. I started writing 12 years ago through my blog, The CP Diary.
I thought it might be helpful for me and others, to explain how I put my books together. It took me 3 years to put my first book together. Once it was published, I started to put the manuscript together for my second book, which took me just over a year and a half to complete. My second book was easier to put together, because I already had a base from which I could work.
Each blog I have used in my books, have been adapted so they work for the book, which is different to the blog. Given the fact that I never knew about my mental or emotional struggles, or the fact that I had a disability, meant it would have been difficult to go into detail and bring the other side of my life into it.
When you don’t know about your life and you physically, mentally and emotionally struggle that is the life you continue to live, usually without question until you question. It’s not something you can elaborate, or go into detail on. Instead, I sensitively put ‘my story’ together, in a way that allowed me to explore my feelings so that I could work through the healing process.
What other people’s expectations are from a book is emotionally subjective to the individual. These accounts are written in my words, in the way I am able to think, in the way I am able to process and in the way I am able to communicate. My books are a true likeness of the way that I process. It is because I deal with autism that readers may experience a writing style different to the collective norm.
My books offer readers the opportunity to see how I have embarked upon a journey towards a greater acceptance of self, to sense a way of calm, to seek a greater understanding, of not only myself, but of the world around me.