Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Sensible & Sensational--The Day I Broke the Rules
However, he gets teased a lot and bullied a lot. And I understand he's different, but as a mom your heart breaks and you worry and wonder if he'll ever truly fit in.
I was mulling over my son's predicament, especially as he begins high school, and wondered if there would ever be a time when difference was accepted. I wished there was a way to change the world's perception of autism.
Then I remembered I'm a best-selling author. I remembered I had a teen series in the works with several thousand readers. I could make a difference. I could be that voice.
That very rapid thought quickly jumped to Ellyn Dashwood--my sensible main character of Sensible & Sensational. The main character I couldn't quite see yet, so hadn't began to write her--though I was receiving daily email from fans asking when the book would be out! When you don't know what your story will be, you can't begin the book.
In that moment I knew what my story would be. Ellyn Dashwood--the main love interest in my clean teen romance--would have autism. High-functioning, just like my son.
So I broke the rules. I went beyond the norm and did something I'm not sure (now don't quote me on this) but I'm really not sure if any other teen romance writer has attempted... but I knew it had to be done.
You dive right into Ellyn's head in first person. And instantly live in her world. But hopefully you learn to see things from her eyes. To see her light. To understand her trials, happiness, confusion, but most importantly--to see her heart.
I love this book so much! Sensible & Sensational is truly something I hope will bring a bit more tolerance, awareness, and love to those geniuses around us.
This book is dedicated to all those who are on the autism spectrum. Here is a romantical story written just for you. I love you. Be brave. And know you're not alone. It is time the rules were broken.
Can a sensible girl learn to find her own kind of sensational?
When Ellyn Dashwood’s family moves to Bloomfield, New Mexico, she’s not sure if she’ll fit in as easily as her wildly popular twin sister, Maralyn, will. Though they’re identical, the two sisters are exact opposites. Maralyn attracts people to her like bees to a hive. However, because Ellyn has autism, she’s positive she’ll never be considered more than awkward. That is, until she meets the totally hot Zane Ferrars.
Zane is the tall, smart, hot, athletic, kind—and did we mention hot?—neighbor who has made it his mission to uncover Ellyn's secrets. She's a puzzle he's eager to solve. However, she soon finds out he’s got a few secrets of his own—secrets that will break her cautious heart if she’s not sensible enough to be careful.
This eagerly awaited new installment of the Jane Austen Diaries is a contemporary retelling of the classic novel Sense and Sensibility.