Writing about Asperger’s and Other Things

There are reasons why it’s been a long time since I last posted:

1) I was busy starting my next novel in the Revengers series, and

2) I couldn’t think of anything to say.

I’ve had some comments from readers who still can’t understand why Ryo Kiyan persisted in what was perceived as “stalking” after he was told by the higher ups and by Miss M herself to leave her alone.

What they don’t seem to understand is how the Asperger mind works. He did tell them at his workplace that he had Asperger’s. Probably they discounted it since, on the whole, his behavior seemed relatively normal.

But Asperger’s is different. It is not normal by neurotypical standards. What Ryo did, according to his thinking, was quite normal. He wanted Miss M to understand and to like him. She, on the other hand, didn’t want to talk to him. Those with Asperger’s have a hard time getting into other people’s minds and motives. He thought if she would only talk, they could straighten it all out. And so he persisted.

At this point I’ll have to admit that Ryo had a very stubborn streak. When he persisted, he really persisted. And thought he was right to do so.

Because so few people understand the Asperger mind and/or give it much credence, I started this blog with the hope of explaining things to the neurotypical world.

I also began my fictional Revenger series for the same reason. I wanted to tell the story of what happened to Ryo but I put it in a high school setting. That in itself didn’t make enough of a book, so I added a mystery plot which quite intentionally became the main focus of the novel. The Asperger thing was a subplot. In the end, those two plots came together. The title of that first book is Twenty Minutes Late.

In that book, which was written in the third person, I had some scenes from Ben’s (the Asperger character’s) point of view, showing how he felt and reacted to what happened.

In the second book of the series, The Long Sleep, written in the first person from the heroine’s point of view, Ben appears as a character but does nothing particularly Aspergian.

In the third book, Under Cover, again told in first person from another heroine’s viewpoint, Ben is again a major character and some of the things he does are quite Aspergian.

The fourth book, Blackout, is finished but not yet in production. This one is told from a mixed viewpoint, with first person for one character and third for the others, especially the main one, Kelsey Fritz. She’s the girl who got Ben in trouble in Twenty Minutes Late, because he persisted too hard in wanting to talk to her. In this book Ben finally goes off to MIT. Cree, the girlfriend he leaves behind, is sure he’ll meet some glamorous geek and forget all about her.

I am now writing the fifth book of the series. In it, Cree Penny, one of my two regular heroines, makes a startling discovery.

How do we write about Asperger’s syndrome? First of all, I was close to Ryo, although I had no idea he had Asperger’s until he diagnosed it himself. Before that, I had never even heard of it. But I did notice his behavior at times and his reactions at times. He often told me what he was thinking. But other times he kept it to himself.

After figuring out that he had Asperger’s, he got a formal diagnosis. And I began reading.

Numerous books are available, some of them written by people with Asperger’s themselves. There is, for instance, Asperger’s from the Inside Out, by Michael Carley. And Atypical: Life with Asperger’s in 20⅓ Chapters by Jesse A. Saperstein. And many others.

Also, I have a few Asperger traits myself. I am sure my mother did. So Ryo came by it honestly.

If you are the least bit curious about the Revenger series, check out my website at carolinecrane.com. There, the books are described more fully and the first chapter of at least one appears in toto. The titles are available at Amazon, both as physical books and in electronic form for Kindle. (The Kindle ones are cheaper.) They can also be purchased from the publisher, fireandiceya.com/ The ya in that name stands for young adult.

Happy reading!

One thought on “Writing about Asperger’s and Other Things

  1. Folks with Aspergers do not do well with ambiguity.

    Your son was told in no uncertain terms to stay AWAY from Miss M.

    Zero ambiguity.

    He ignored the EXPLICIT ORDER from his employer.

    You’re taking lessons from Joseph Jason, who insists his Aspergers son has been “railroaded” and unfairly punished for making his ex-girlfriend’s life hell since 2006 for the “crime” of dumping Daniel.

    Joseph contacted a local reporter to do a story on the perceived injustice his Aspie son faced… and the reporter had a totally different take:

    http://thegazette.com/subject/opinion/blogs/lynda-waddington/joco-case-highlights-need-for-broader-mental-health-discussions-20140531

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