Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Rules by Cynthia Lord
Yes, the disability books I've been reading lately are all fiction: middle grade and young adult novels.
And why is that?
Because you're supposed to read what you want to write. And for some time now, I've been working on my own middle grade novel.
Writing a book is a lofty goal. I thought the book I would someday write would be the story of Carter's life. I've told a lot of that here, including his journey with AAC, but I wanted to step away from memoir writing.
Instead, my story is about two young girls who are total opposites. One is a neat freak and the other, not so much.
It came out of a writing prompt. I started writing and never looked back. Go where the writing takes you (or so they say)! That's what I did and guess what? It didn't take me down a path that had anything to do with AAC or disabilities.
Maybe someday I'll try and tackle a story like that. I've certainly read a lot in that genre.
For now, I'm happy to share, promote, and recommend the books above.
I'm also happy to share something very exciting...
(Drum roll, please.)
Last year, I submitted the intro of my middle grade novel to CANSCAIP's Writing For Children Competition and I was long listed! What a huge and wonderful surprise!
But if I'm ever going to finish my story, I'd better get back to it!