Sunday, May 8, 2011

Can Aspies Write Science Fiction? Ask Katie Bridges.

Recently I received word that an ingenious woman with Asperger's had written a fascinating book called Warriors of the Edge: The Search for Stone. Intrigued, I learned more about this new author. So many of my clients dream of writing of the incredible worlds and plots swirling around in their wonderful minds. Here's a quick bio by a woman who (in April!) made it all happen.
My name is Katie Bridges and I am a science fiction author with a diagnosis of Asperger’s syndrome. I’ve had the diagnosis since 1998. Long before Asperger’s syndrome became known to the public, I would search for ways to describe what life was like for me. I would often say, “I feel like I’m suffering from a chronic state of culture shock while living within my own culture. Why is it so difficult to figure out what’s going on around me and adapt to it?”
I had perplexing communication disabilities, with a huge gap between my ability to communicate verbally and in written form. Writing came with ease for me. Forming thoughts verbally did not. I also had an intense need for repetition and sameness in my routine and activities.
I lived a mostly secluded life. Being around people left me feeling anxious and awkward. Having no friends of my own, I was kept from utter loneliness by an understanding husband and three loving children.
But even at home things were difficult for me. To keep myself from becoming completely unglued during times of distress, I would rock back and forth for long periods of time. I also figured out early on that pressure around my midsection would help to soothe me. If my panic sky-rocketed on me, I would yell for my husband saying, “Hurry! Squeeze me tight. I need pressure.” Hugs didn’t help. I needed a certain amount of pressure to help me get through my distress, almost to the point where I could barely breathe. No one understood why this would be of help to me.
It wasn’t until I received a diagnosis of Asperger’s syndrome that things began to turn around for me. I overcame difficulties I never thought would be possible to overcome. I didn’t do it alone. Assistance came from every direction as my husband sought out those who could help me.
The end result was that I was able to utilize the incredible focus I had and put it to work to write a novel. What had once been a problem for me was now an asset. I’d always been a writer, but I took that natural ability to focus and wrote a complex work of juvenile science fiction. My brain is wired to create details which can bring about a realistic feel, even when the subject matter is fictional. This has given my book a unique perspective. It’s what I have to offer as a person with Asperger’s syndrome. It has been thrilling for me to tell people about my book, which won the Rising Star award, a very rare designation for a children’s book. It’s not just the fact that I have a book on the market that makes me excited. It’s the fact that I overcame so much to get this far.
The name of my book is Warriors of the Edge: The Search for Stone by Katie Bridges. I hope you find it enjoyable!
To buy Katie's book (or just read about it!), click here:


Anonymous said...

Really wonderful book.

Anonymous said...

Kindle edition is good - wish there were some illustrations....maybe next novel can be a graphic novel. Look forward to more from this author.

- Reese

Nate said...

This is really good. I wonder if authors like Tolkein were on the spectrum because the level of detail is amazing and I think you have to be unusual to develop that kind of alternate world where people can really visualize it. I will definitely pick up this book and hope for an escape!

Jen said...

I just read this book last night. I had a problem putting it down, and ended up having to stay up all night long to see how it ended. I kept forgetting the game wasn't real! Highly recommended - if you have a few hours uninterrupted, because it's going to drive you crazy if you have to put it down. lol.

Jeremy said...

This is a book everyone will be talking about. Katie Bridges has brought a special charm to the story with her inventions, like tone design, desire managers, mute signals, flower houses, dome hopping competitions, hover pods, and kinematic posters, to name a few. My favorite is the maze of desires. The book is worth reading just for that alone. Perfect for kids and adults. Jeremy

Anonymous said...

I read it. The guy gets lost in a game and I have often wished that very thing would happen to me. Instead I got lost in the book. Really good read. Cannon Holloway

Aspie Writer said...

Thanks you for posting this, it is encouraging. I am struggling with much of my own fiction at the moment and often wonder if I should quit and stick to non-fiction writing.

~Aspie Writer