Gretchen Leary

This year, I have felt the call to advocate for the Autism Community like never before. I’ve written and published two books of poetry, but I knew this challenge was going to be different. As an individual who is on the Autism Spectrum and a writer, I felt an urge to write my story. It seemed like a simple task. I’m a writer, right? But the words wouldn’t come.

Then one night, while my family and I were putting together a photo book, an idea came to me like the old cliche “light bulb”. I was literally filled with such a sense of urgency as if struck by lightning. I immediately grabbed my pen and journal and started writing a the rough draft of my manuscript. I had never thought of writing a children’s book but I was on a mission. My hands hurt I was writing so fast.


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