For those of you who aren't aware, RJ Scott has organized a blog tour against this year to try to raise money and bring awareness about autism. The theme this year is The Five Senses and when I heard that, I wasn't sure which one I was going to choose to write about.
And then I got to taste. FOOD!
I love food... admittedly probably more than I should... and so do my characters. Eating is a central sub-theme in most of my books. My guys are constantly hungry, trying different restaurants, cooking at home... any way they can shovel food into their mouths, they'll take it!
In my fiction, as well as real life, I love to cook things up. This month, I've been working on rewriting a short novella I released a few years ago called Riding the Board. In the story, Blake and Nick are forced to live together for a week while handcuffed together. Their coach believes it's the best way to force them to become comfortable enough with each other that synchronized diving seems easy in comparison.
There is a scene where Nick and Blake cook together, and I had so much fun writing it. Cooking with someone else is something that seems so normal, so mundane, but there's something intimate about it too, and the best part about throwing two guys into that situation (besides researching and subsequently fantasizing about what they're eating) is figuring out how they would each respond.
People with autism may have balance problems. Our vestibular system (in the inner ear), helps us maintain our balance and posture, and understand where and how fast our bodies are moving. People who are Hyposensitive in this way may need to rock, swing or spin to get some sensory input.
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