Join us as RJ Scott goes Outside the Margins.
The Spectrum of Difference
I’m hijacking my normal Outside The Margins post to make a post about something close to my heart. Autism and Max from the Texas series.
April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day and autism forms a very big part of my family and working life. My son will be 16 on April 1st and he has autism. In April I run a blog tour for autism awareness and every year without fail the most wonderful writing and blogging friends rally round to spread awareness.
In Texas Family, Riley and Jack start adoption proceedings to adopt Max, a toddler who would be hard to place in foster care because he is different. Max needs structure, has sensory needs, and has a curious way of looking at the world. He has an affinity for horses and shares this with my son.
I have always wanted to write a character with autism, but writing any kind of special need is the hardest thing. I couldn’t write an adult with autism, because my expertise is being the mother of a child with needs. But when it came to writing the character of Max it was both the easiest and hardest thing to do.
I wrote the serious side of Max, but I added lighter moments. Anyone who reads my Facebook knows that my son’s somewhat different way of viewing the world can provide humorous moments. I have a responsibility to every carer of an autistic child to make sure that I write the character correctly and to the best of my ability, based on my own son, I have done that and used Matt as the person that Max is based on.
Only. There is a saying about autism – If you have met one person with autism… then you’ve met one person with autism.
And this is so true. In my small circle of friends and family, of parents at matt’s school, and online discussions, it is never more obvious that every child and adult with autism is different. At its most basic, autism is a brain thing – sensitivity to stimuli, inability to imagine, and a myriad of other difficulties. But the brain is a tremendously complicated, beautiful, scary, thing for us all to have.
People with autism are as different as you are to me. I like romance, drama, and tea. Some people like coffee. Go figure.
So, if you take anything from this post, if you got this far (!) can you take away that autism is a spectrum disorder. That no two children or adults with autism will be the same.
And if you do take this, then my job here is done.
Visit www.rjscott.co.uk on 2nd April for details of all the people taking part in the blog and all the prizes they are offering.
Hugs and kisses. RJ X
Title: Max and the prince
Publisher: Love Lane Books
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, M/M Romance, Romance
Bodyguard Max Connery is used to being mistaken for being younger than he is.
Being carded every time he buys a beer is usual. Even though he’s just turned twenty eight and has two tours in Afghanistan as a pilot under his belt.
When a threat is made on the life of a prince attending University in the UK, Max is the perfect choice to blend in with students and to keep Prince Lucien safe. Even if it means joining the swim team to be by his side.
But, when death visits the University, abruptly this job is a long way past keeping the prince happy and safe. Instead Max has to keep Lucien alive.
~ RJ Scott
About RJ Scott
RJ Scott has been writing since age six, when she was made to stay in at lunchtime for an infraction involving cookies. She was told to write a story and two sides of paper about a trapped princess later, a lover of writing was born.
As an avid reader herself, she can be found reading anything from thrillers to sci-fi to horror. However, her first real true love will always be the world of romance where she takes cowboys, bodyguards, firemen and billionaires (to name a few) and writes dramatic and romantic stories of love and passion between these men.
With over seventy titles to her name and counting, she is the author of the award winning book, The Christmas Throwaway. She is also known for the Texas series charting the lives of Riley and Jack, and the Sanctuary series following the work of the Sanctuary Foundation and the people it protects.
Her goal is to write stories with a heart of romance, a troubled road to reach happiness, and most importantly, that hint of a happily ever after.
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