Ethel and I were at my daughter Sonja’s house. She, Ethel, and Joey, our non-verbal autistic grandson, were sitting in the living room talking about the difficulty Sonja was having dealing with Joey’s new high school. Then, looking wistful, Sonja said something to the effect that she had been looking for books that Joey could relate to where the hero was like him. She’d only been able to find one book that sort of was like that, she told Ethel and I. Looking at him, with him paying attention to what she was saying, she said that you’re smart enough to learn, aren’t you Joey.
Afterward I got to thinking about what Sonja was saying. A little after that I sat down to start a novel about a non-verbal autistic boy who is a hero. The writing did not go well at first. The first chapter, reviewed for me by Sonja and Emma MacKenzie, a writer friend, was pretty bad. But, as usual, I kept at it. Ethel kept encouraging me. The result was a novel, Apples for the Wild Stallion. Ethel gave me the title name.
Yesterday All Things That Matter Press sent me a publishing contract for Apples for the Wild Stallion. It always takes awhile between signing the contract and actual publication, but I’ll be especially happy to see this particular novel in print.
The truth is that human beings all have different abilities and gifts. Humans are so good at discrimination, as the events in Minneapolis right now so painfully illustrate, but the truth is that Joey is a marvelous human being. When he smiles Ethel and I feel like the sun is coming out after days of rain. He is worth paying attention to and loving. He is a hero, like so many of the people who face terrible discrimination in their lives. He deserves praise, not the looks he and his family get when they go to a restaurant, and his arm goes up or his head shakes in a way that makes some of those eating in that place uncomfortable.
So, this novel is for Joey, and, in a sense, for all of those like Joey who have lives that are important in spite of the small ideas in other people’s heads.
11 responses to “All Things That Matter Press Offers a New Contract”
Congratulations Tom! This is not only a wonderful personal achievement in aid of your grandson, but hopefully for an audience at large.
Thanks so much Bruce.
Tom, I’m looking forward to reading this special novel for Joey. Your words will undoubtedly make a difference & touch the hearts of many. Brand
On Sun, May 31, 2020 at 8:49 AM fourwindowspress wrote:
> Thomas Davis posted: ” Ethel and I were at my daughter Sonja’s house. She, > Ethel, and Joey, our non-verbal autistic grandson, were sitting in the > living room talking about the difficulty Sonja was having dealing with > Joey’s new high school. Then, looking wistful, Sonja said so” >
Thanks so much Betty.
TomThanks so much Brand. I hope one of these days we can get together again, although it might be awhile. I hope you are well.
Tom, this is wonderful news! Congratulations! We have a friend with an autistic grandson and this sounds like a book they would be interested in. In fact I imagine it will have a huge audience. Please keep me posted on the publication date.
P.S. I’ll be emailing you soon. Much gratitude to you!
Thank you so much, Betty. The sales of your book seem to have stopped, but I am working on a website. We’ll see if that helps. I can’t go to book fairs right now. That’s been hurting too.
Not simply congratulations, Tom, but applause.
Thanks so much, Ben. We are still working on the anthology. The Editors, of which I am one, will be getting to you, hopefully shortly.
Go at your own pace, Tom. I’m not planning to being going anywhere. 😀 Hoping you are both keeping healthy.and contented. ❤
Sincere congratulations – this is what the world needs right now. Take care, my friend. N.
Thanks so much, Nick. We are still working on the anthology. The Editors, of which I am one, will be getting to you, hopefully shortly.