Travel into the world of an autism family. Follow Zain and his mother, Brooke, as they struggle to cope with his autism. Watch Zain blossom into a verbal child with some ability to function from a little boy that beat his head constantly and had NO words. Travel into this family’s world as they walk through life, one day at a time, learning to live through autism’s eyes. Read as she breaks down about how hopeless autism can feel and read as she ultimately realizes autism didn’t steal her sons future, it just gave him a different path to walk.
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Interview with Brook Price
When did you realize you had a book (or some books) inside you?
I am one of those authors that didn’t realize they were an author. I always thought I’d just be a house wife until I melted into the couch. A friend of mine told me about a year ago that I should really write my son’s story. After I started writing it I knew I had it in me. Since that moment I have written three more books, the newest one, ‘Redefining Normal: A real world guide to raising an autistic child’ was released at the end of February.
Why is the theme of this project important?
At ten years old my autistic son, Zain, still has a hard time grasping what he has endured in his life. I was afraid if I didn’t write it down, like suggested by my friend, he’d never know after I am gone. After I wrote ‘Living through autism’s eyes’. I became afraid that there still wouldn’t be awareness for autism after I am gone. I can’t sit back and do nothing about this. I had to try to spread the word. Let others into our world so our children can live in a world with less ignorance.
What did you learn about yourself while writing this book?
That this isn’t about me. It doesn’t matter how much sleep I got or how many times my son meltdown’s, it is about them. My son is one of the strongest little boys alive.
How do you find time to write?
Honestly I do my best writing in the early morning hours, 2am-4am. Sometimes I am able to sneak in a hour or two in the morning while my sons are at school.
If you could work on a writing project with anyone (dead or alive), who would it be? Why?
J.D. Salinger. I would pick him for 2 reasons. The first being that I want to more closely be able to understand the man that wrote ‘The catcher in the rye”. Second is his instruction after his death. If you didn’t know Mr. Salinger had some unreleased books at the time of his death. He ordered that none of them be released until 2015-2020. The fact that he wanted to do it that way, no matter his reasons, is fascinating to me.
About Brooke Price
Brooke Price is the author of ‘Living through Autism’s eyes: My journey with my son’, ‘8 Simple steps to IEP success’, ‘Beautiful Disasters, A look inside of Bipolar Disorder’, plus 2 upcoming books. Brooke is 29 years old and from Indiana. She currently lives in Seattle, Wa. She has been married for 11 years. Brooke is the mother of 2 beautiful little boys. Her oldest son is autistic. He was not diagnosed until he was almost 5. Brooke is also an administrator on an autism support group. She fought for her son for years to get to the point of having some stability in his condition and now wants to share their story with you.
Brooke hopes that by publishing this book she will help a new spectrum mother or father out there know that they are not alone in this journey. She hopes to bring some awareness to the plight of the autistic child and their parent(s). She hopes to comfort some and open the eyes of others.
You can learn more about Brooke Price at http://brookepricesbooks.weebly.com/.