A person with autism is non-neurotypical, meaning their brain works differently than other people. When I decided to write a book from the point of view of a character who is autistic, who’s brain doesn’t work the same as mine, I knew it would be a challenge. Aside from the research that I did before I began (and while I was writing), I was pushed to find a new way to approach my writing.
When I thought of the initial concept for Flying in a Cage, I started out by doing research. I read non-fiction books on autism, plus fiction books that feature characters with autism. I really enjoyed some of those books, including Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin, The Someday Birds by Sara J. Pla, and Counting by 7’s by Holly Goldberg Sloan. I found that most of the fiction novels focused on people who have Asperger’s Syndrome (a high-functioning form of autism), which was not the direction I wanted to take.