I went to my first book signing in a small town in Texas, where I live, and was so pleased to see so many people there. The most important thing that happened to me was meeting a mother with an Asperger’s son, whom she had brought with her. She hugged me and thanked me for writing the book and her son, who avoided eye contact, still grabbed my hand. Apparently he is only comforted when someone “types” on his chest. I told him I was a writer and a mother and asked if it were all right with him if I “typed” on his chest. I typed away, complete with clicking noises, and he smiled – the first facial expression I had seen him have. His mother hugged me again, thanked me, and we talked about the difficulties in raising these wonderful children. It made my day. I hope every signing offers the opportunity to connect with these mothers and their children. It makes me believe that something I’ve done might actually help someone feel that they are not alone.
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“Antoinette van Heugten combines the tender, unshakable bond between mother and son with an action-packed, edge-of-your-seat thriller.” — Diane Chamberlain, bestselling author of THE LIES WE TOLD