My name is Emily Holyoak, and I write Young Adult stories about teenagers on the autism spectrum. My dream is to see characters who represent autism on bookshelves, so my daughters can see themselves in books as they’re growing up. I also have neurodiverse disabilities due to SCN1A.
My first contemporary novel is called Newfangled. It is unpublished and looking for a home with an agent who is just as passionate about neurodiverse representation as I am.
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 student/ part-time freelance thing. My emotional support bird, Pax, is often by my side. When I have time, I like to play God by means of The Sims or Animal Crossing, living out my design fantasies vicariously through HGTV, or being 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 34-year-old mom of two autistic girls. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Professional and Creative Writing at Central Washington University. She currently ghostwrites at The Urban Writers. She’s a member of the International Women’s Writers Guild, The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and a 6 time NaNoWriMo participant. She, her two girls, her cockatiel Ghost, and her daughter’s cat Pumpkin, 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