My name is Emily Holyoak, and I write Young Adult stories about teenagers on the autism spectrum. I devoured books in my youth, but I never resonated with the main character. Where were the girls that were so afraid of being obnoxious that they hid their personality behind a mask of socially accepted interests? When my daughters received their diagnosis, it led to my own autism diagnosis. My dream is to see characters who represent autism on bookshelves, so my daughters can see themselves in books as they grow up. I also had epilepsy in childhood and have other disabilities due to SCN1A.
My debut novel is called Good Morning, Dinah. It’s scheduled to be published Fall 2022 with INCLUDAS publishing!
Dinah relies on her service dog, Higgins, and far-off fantasies to help her cope with the normies. A roller coaster of changes begins when she’s assigned a new therapist, and a new family in her mom’s autism support group throws her completely off. She accepts the challenge of helping organize fundraisers for the new boy and his cute older brother, unknowingly inviting some of the biggest changes she’ll ever face, like first romances and how to socially interpret text messages.
When I’m not writing, you’ll find me doing my best at this special needs mom /military wife /full-time copywriter thing. When I have time, I like to play God by means of The Sims or Animal Crossing, live out my design fantasies vicariously through HGTV, or be crushed by my never-ending list of books I want to read before I die. Some of my favorite books are: The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern, Well Met by Jen DeLuca, The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen, and The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune.
My family suffers from a genetic mutation called SCN1A which can manifest in seizures, autism, migraines, and mood disorders. It’s my goal in life to educate others and advocate for awareness of these disorders that accompany SCN1A.
Emily is a 36-year-old neurodivergent mom of two autistic girls. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Professional and Creative Writing from Central Washington University. She currently works as a Copywriter for a vacation rental company called Vacasa. She’s a member of the International Women’s Writers Guild, The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, The Poetry Society of America, and a 6 time NaNoWriMo participant. She, her two girls, and their two cats Pumpkin and Loki, follow their spouse /dad around the United States Air Force.
What People Say
And now that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good.John Steinbeck
I can’t go back to yesterday – because I was a different person then.Lewis Carroll
This life is mine alone. So I have stopped asking people for directions to places they’ve never been.Glennon Doyle