Hello readers, so many fantastic books that I’ve had the chance to help promote recently and this one is really fantastic. Like really, really fantastic. So I’ll introduce the book and hopefully we can all maybe learn a little about life with Aspergers Syndrome (scroll down for my Q+A with Kerrin!)
A startling fact you may not be aware of, is that as many as 50% of people getting diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome today may not have been diagnosed with the condition.
This is a problem which Kerrin Maclean, who is embracing being an Autistic, in which has been identified and is passionate about rectifying. People like Kerrin who has Aspergers Syndrome do not suffer, it’s not an ailment it’s a neurodiverse need. We struggle from people’s judgements but not from Aspergers Syndrome. And in her new book, Everyday life of an Aspie, she sets out to dispel the many myths which surround it while still acknowledging the facts.
Nothing is left out. There’s a chapter devoted to tips about dating and relationships with Aspie’s and an all-import section with information about support groups. This book really is a must-read for all people who have AS, their families, friends and partners.
If you were to describe your book in only three sentences how would you describe your book?
If I had to describe my book with only three sentences it would be – A self help guide that has tips and advice that people with Aspergers Syndrome struggle with i.e. depression, anxiety etc for young and old readers alike. It’s a life story following what it’s like growing up with Aspergers Syndrome before, during and after my diagnosis.
How much research did you need to do to write the content for the book?
I only had to do a few hours of research by asking others in the Autistic Community what their lives are like and we had a discussion in the topics that is shared in my book again with Anxiety, despression etc. It was a six month process, but using my life experiences helped to really create an in-depth book.
Why did you decide to write this book? What was the inspiration behind the book?
To let readers know that Aspergers Syndrome is real and does exist. Many people who has Aspergers Syndrome are different on the spectrum yet with a bit of empathy and understanding along the way – we can go far. My inspiration is as always wanting to help people through their everyday struggles being the voice of the unheard- being a mentor, support person/advocate.
What is the main message you wanted to teach through the book?
The main message I want to address that despite having Aspergers Syndrome I am trying to remove as much of the stereotyping and stigma that goes hand in hand with this as well as with other mental health disorders. I am hoping to dispel the myths about Autism, Aspergers Syndrome etc. We need to change our way of thinking and attitudes about this condition as we need to make some resources readily available somehow in some sectors for this especially in the health and education.
Finally, how can we keep up to date with you as an author and your books?
The viewers can be up to date through my social media sites!
I think Kerrin is truly inspirational and by creating this book she is helping to teach us all about living with Aspergers and how you can overcome the stigma and the lack of knowledge that many of us have. It’s a brilliant book that really looks into all aspects of Kerrin’s life and is a fantastic guide. I’ve inserted a number of links below so enjoy!