Where does one even begin to describe the excitement of watching your new release go best seller? Although this is not the first time one of my books has achieved this honour, getting to share it with your daughter brings something completely new. When Ella and I set out this summer to write ‘The Search for Maya’, to some degree, it was for us. More importantly for her.
And, as we went through the book writing process and I was there to watch this brilliant young mind unfold with ideas … this was priceless. And, as her mother I naturally see some parallels in her writing to how she lives every day … and more than anything we hope this book will bring a voice to the voiceless.
The Search for Maya Goes Best Seller Reaction Video
First and foremost, thank you so much to those of you who purchased ‘The Search for Maya’ and helping us achieve Best Seller status from day one. And, I feel as though this is just the beginning to an incredible journey.
Are you family with the author’s name, Naoki Higashida? He is an author, who happens to also be autistic. However, is non verbal however, certainly found his voice. He is an International Best Seller with this book ‘The Reason I Jump‘, which is actually written in Japanese.
Having said that, this book fell into the hands of a father who’s child also, had autism. The book inspired him to reach out to Naoki and in fact helped him translate this book to English. I share this story because we know what is possible —
This, very scenario is a small piece of what I hope ‘The Search for Maya’ will do for others.
“It upended many of the … sort of inherited pieces of wisdom that I thought I knew about autism. For example, that people with autism can’t emote, or that they don’t have emotions, or they can’t imagine that they’re inside the head of someone else. And also, that they don’t have imaginations, or don’t aspire to other areas of life more than a day-to-day survival. Naoki, even when he was writing as a 13-year-old … seemed, internally, to be as fully-functioning and as capable of — if not enjoying life, aspiring to enjoy life — as a neurotypical child. So this made all the difference for us.” (the father mentioned above, David Mitchell)
Ella and I have one ask …
Together, let’s share Ella’s message. As we know, there are power in numbers and I am beyond confident this story that Ella and I composed together will help someone out there. In fact, it may even be you.
Thank you again, so much.