Autistic Reader Month: Week One

My Substack has been updating 4x/week with autistic reader interviews! I decided not to spam people off-Substack with links every single day (and, er, this recap is late because it was a holiday weekend and I forgot) but here’s your round-up of who we talked to in the first week:

April 3: Jes Battis

“Neurodiversity and gender diversity are often intertwined, so I think I tend to connect with characters who are figuring out their own bodies and minds.”

April 4 (subscribers only): Chelsey Flood

“A lot of autistic people use alcohol as a way to hide their differences and sensitivities, and so I hope writing about my experience will help them feel less alone.”

April 5: Andi C. Buchanan

“There‚Äôs a way I recognised myself not just in autistic or even autistic coded characters, but in characters who had a singular passion and focus.”

April 6: Cleoniki Kesidis

“The way society works is very chaotic. I connect best with books where the world is also portrayed as chaotic and wild and unexpected, and the characters have big struggles alongside their big joys.”


We’ve got four more interviews coming up this week, so if you want them delivered fresh to your inbox every morning, you can subscribe!