I am a writer, student, and stay-at-home mother of three, stumbling through life with a form of Autism called Asperger’s Syndrome (AS). I was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, but am currently living in South Carolina with my husband of 15 years, our three sons, and our beagle. My oldest son (13), is an Aspie as well (undiagnosed), and is currently being home-schooled. The middle boy (8) is a live wire, and has returned to mainstream school, and my littlest guy (22 months) is pulling my hands off the keyboard as I type. This is after I have retrieved my mouse because he threw it down the air conditioning vent! Life is massively chaotic in our home and never quiet, which hugely interferes with my writing.
This is my blogging a non-fiction book in November project. It took 38 years to be properly diagnosed with autism (Asperger’s Syndrome). My book, Twirling Naked in the Streets-and no-one noticed, is about my life growing with undiagnosed autism. All of my life I was searching, trying to find a glimpse of me in the world; I found none. There were no books, no TV personalities, no friends that were like me. No where did I see a reflection of myself in this world. Since diagnosis all of that has changed, I now see words on pages of books that “look” like me. I communication with others who say, “ya, that happened to me too,” and THAT has changed my life. My only hope is that your or someone you love will see themselves on the pages of my book, and know that they are not crazy, and more importantly, they are not alone.
This is my attempt at blogging a book, and I hope you stick with me through it to the end. Feel free to ask questions, and make comments along the way. Hard copy and e-book version will be available when the project is finished, polished, and put together. Of course, that version will contain more “goodies.”
Jeannie Davide-Rivera, Author