I’ll be discussing the relevance of neurodiverse characters in historical fiction at SEEDs for Autism in Phoenix on Saturday, August 12, 2023, at 11:00 a.m.
The Historical Novel Society – Arizona Chapter (HNS-AZ) is partnering with SEEDs to host the free public event for anyone who appreciates historical fiction. Both readers and writers will find something of interest in the presentation, including details about my writing and research process and examples of books that feature neurodiverse characters, including my novel Peculiar Savage Beauty. Set in 1930s Kansas, Peculiar Savage Beauty’s main characters include Woody, an autistic savant born in an era long before any medical diagnosis would explain his peculiar ways and unique talents. Publishers Weekly called it a “gripping, atmospheric novel [that] meshes a seminal event in American history with a suspenseful plot and insightfully etched characters.”
SEEDs provides a path from “learning to earning” for teens and adults with autism through education, vocational training, and social development. The organization hosts events throughout the year to foster community and raise autism awareness.
Event admission is free, though attendance is limited, and reservations are appreciated. Complimentary light refreshments will be provided by HNS-AZ.
The gift shop will be open, and my novel will be available for purchase and signing; 100 percent of book sale proceeds will benefit SEEDs.
Hope to see you there!