Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Writing a novel?

We writers all think we've written the next great novel, trashy or otherwise, right? A writer needs a certain level of confidence to put words onto paper. After all, think about it. A writer creates an entire universe in her fiction book. Unless of course the writer is James Frey, and then you mostly create controversy.

I decided to write a book about 2 years ago. I wake, eat, breathe, and sleep autism, 24/7. I'm not just mother to my 3 girls, I am therapist, drill sgt., doctor, ringleader, zookeeper and security manager. So when people in my autism world kept telling me "You ought to write a book about autism." I cringed. No thank you. I live it, who the heck wants to write about it? And then it occurred to me. "I" can't write about autism, but maybe there's someone in me who can? And in a sneaky "hide the medicine in the pudding" kind of way.

I also hear rather frequently, "Gee, you're funny, Kim." Yeah, like that fancy opera clown with the long Italian name. I do use humor and a sharp sarcasm to surmount some of the challenges our family faces. I've always been a smartie pants who leads with her mouth instead of her brain. (My babysitter from way back when still tells people that as a five year old, I told one of her pimply boyfriends "You're ugly you ass."Charming, yes?) And yet my parents never sold me to the gypsies, so I figure I can manage my own unusual family.

The book idea was tumbling about in my head when the proverbial lightbulb turned on. Not a fluorescent lightbulb, mind you, because they contain and emit MERCURY, the evil metal that just may be the root cause of a lot of autism. Let's not get into that today though.

Kat Cavicchio was born. She's the protagonist in my book called "Autism Is Murder." Kat is the aunt to two children with autism (See, I didn't call them autistic, did I? Remember, children with cancer are NOT cancerous.) She can observe her sister's life and better yet, comment on it with a wit and zing that, were it to come from my mouth, as a real live Mom, would surely get my Mother of the Year certificate revoked. And then I'd have to return that pretty apron.

So, the book tumbled out of my head onto my screen over many, many nights. But what a feeling when I was done. Elation! I had written a book. Of course, now comes the hard part. Find an agent who won't return my SASE with just a glance at the word autism in my query. But I'll get there. I'll get there.

KS

10 comments:

Robyn Beliveau said...

Hey Kim,

My friend Allison forwarded the link to me. I have such admiration and respect for what she goes through every day to help her son. She appreciates your humor - and I can see why. I'm ready to buy a copy of the book.

Kim Stagliano said...

Welcome, Robyn. And thanks for the vote of confidence. I'll sign the book and hand deliver it! (You don't happen to live in Paris, do you?) Drop by anytime. And thanks for supporting Allison. She's a terrific lady.

KS

Rich O'Keeffe said...

let me know when you get it published. I'd like a signed copy.....

KRStagliano said...

Signed and sealed with a kiss, Rich. KS

Arienh said...

Stopping by from the Chick Lit loop to say 'hi'. Frankly, I'm surprised you haven't found an agent yet. You're a damn funny writer and you write well - a rare combination. Keep at it - good things are headed your way. Put me on the list for a signed copy ;-)

Richard Lincoln said...

Kim,

I have known one or two other people that have written books for the same reason. I wish you the best and let me know if would like to get in touch with the aforementioned authors!

Anonymous said...

Kimberly- ok, I really don't know what a blog is??but I got into it somehow..As ususal, you'll have to explain things to me! Your wit has kept ME going during ups and downs. I've always know you were funny but never knew about your 'humorous' writing skills. You are my dear friend who I admire every single day. You WILL be published! love ya!

Anonymous said...

Although I don't know you, you certainly sound like a brave and resilient woman. May the good lord bless you, your children and all the posters to this blog with his everlasting light and enduring message of love.

Cindy Procter-King said...

Great blog, Kim.

You know, my son has asthma, and usually that's how I put it, but I grew up with a sister with asthma and it doesn't bug me at all to say "my son is asthmatic." To me the first way is just PC. But then, *I* don't have asthma. I do have lack of brain cells. But there's a simple word for that. It starts with an I.

Cindy

Randy said...

Hey, Kim--welcome to the blogosphere from a Chick Lit loop lurker (try saying that three times, real fast).
Ditto what everyone else has said about your humor and courage; I'm putting your new blog on 'favorites' 'cuz if it's half as entertaining as your posts, I'm sure it'll be a new good source for a daily yuk. Keep it up and best of luck with the agent search.