It takes supreme arrogance to tell somebody they should spend money and take the time to read your book. It’s a bold, prideful act. It doesn’t come easily for those of us with low self esteem but there are times that we must overcome it.
Let me be clear, I’m writing this in the hopes that you read my book. I don’t just want a pity purchase because you like me and it’s cheap. Which it is. It’s just $3. I want you to purchase the book, be it for your kindle or your device enabled with the kindle app which includes all of them, and I want you to spend a few hours in my presence, listening to my life story. I want you to experience what I’ve spent nearly two years working my hardest on.
So what is the book? Roughly speaking, it’s the story of my life from age 4-24. It covers the school years, college, and the fight for independence. I depict what life is like growing up with the complex mindset that is Asperger Syndrome/Autism. There are many stories of social missteps, descriptions of strange situations I found myself in, and a detailed look at the pains of bullying.
One thing the book is not is a compilation of this site. I started from scratch for the book and most of the stories are ones I’ve never told. I had no interest in simply slamming the site together and daring to charge for it. There’s a reason this book took time.
What was I trying to do with the book? I was trying to create a document that reflects a fairly universal experience. I’ve told a number of the stories in the book to my peers, only to hear back “I’ve been there.” While it’s true that we autistics are all unique, I wanted to at least describe an experience not unlike the ordinary member of the tribe. It’s a life that’s fraught with drama in the unlikeliest of places so I hope it’s a good yarn.
But there’s a deeper reason. My goal with this book is to make you understand who I am. I not only tell my life story but I try to give insight into my character. There are funny parts. There are sad parts. There are countless nakedly honest moments. I describe my biggest mistakes and I own up to all of them. There were times I even cried writing this. My hope is that you’ll read it and you’ll know me.