Finding Me: On Writing as Myself
Author image / Cerebral Palsy / Crafting characters / Multiple Sclerosis / Represention / Writing journey

Finding Me: On Writing as Myself

I’ve written over sixty books in multiple genres that run the gambit: short fiction, romance, fantasy, poetry, young adult, children’s literature, horror and suspense, even some science fiction. In all of those books, I have never had a character that was disabled—not in any of my books. I was born with cerebral palsy (CP). When … Continue reading

Mine for Keeps
Author image / Cerebral Palsy / Crafting characters / Represention / Spoonie Challenges / Writing journey

Mine for Keeps

I remember very distinctly the first time I read about “someone like me” in a book. I couldn’t have been more than ten or twelve at the most, and the book was Mine for Keeps by Jean Little. The main character, Sally, had cerebral palsy—just like me. She wasn’t the sad, crippled friend that you … Continue reading

Spoon-Feeding the Able-Bodied Reader
Crafting characters / Represention / Writing journey

Spoon-Feeding the Able-Bodied Reader

I am a disabled author, editor, and academic. I grew up wanting to see people like myself in my fiction—people with disabilities. All I ever encountered were tropes about disabled people. We could be the wise mentor who dies, the inspirational hero who is rewarded with a magical cure, about the person who triumphs over … Continue reading