Interview on Autism Spectrum Radio

Yesterday I ventured way way way outside my comfort zone to record an interview on Autism Spectrum Radio. The host, Rob Haupt, asked some great questions and was easy to talk to. You can listen to our conversation here. Rob does a short intro and then the rest of show (about 35 minutes) is our conversation.

13 thoughts on “Interview on Autism Spectrum Radio”

  1. I’m listening right now!!! Can so relate of course! I can’t wait for my preorder book to arrive in October! I love all your words…and my goodness your voice…it’s stunning…you have really got a radio voice…I am sensitive to voices on talks and yours is beautiful and smooth and stunningly easy to listen to. Seriously!!! Great talk thus far…can’t wait to listen to the rest! You have some great responses too:) Great job!

    1. Aw, thank you. I’m so self-conscious about my voice that I can’t even listen to myself so your comment is especially good to read. Also, on the phone I get called “sir” all the time because my voice is kind of low but I guess that works in a radio context. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Whoa! – good job on the interview – it was quite long – I’m not sure I could have talked coherently for that long!

    Also I got my book yesterday (Amazon in UK) – and will review when I have finished it. Looks good – nice matt finish on the cover.

    1. It was a lot of talking! My verbal language is a complete train wreck today.

      Ooh, a matte cover! I love how they feel. I’m jealous that all of you have already received your copies. Hopefully mine will be arriving soonish. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I also agree that you have a great voice. A good interview. Is it an intense time now of interviews and book signings? Did you expect to do this when you began writing? Looking forward to reading your book.

    1. Actually this is the first interview I’ve done and I don’t have any others planned, though if someone asks I’ll certainly do another. And no book signings yet. Perhaps if I can screw up the courage I’ll approach a local bookstore to do something though.

      I’ve worked in the publishing industry for decades so I did know what’s expected of authors when promoting a book but when I started the blog, the possibility of a book was just a faraway “maybe some day” kind of dream. Funny how some day has arrived so soon.

  4. I listened to your interview this morning with my coffee. I really enjoyed it and found it interesting. You have a lovely clear voice and sounded just as eloquent as you do writing. If you were nervous you hid it totally!

    As an aside, I wonder if hiding how nervous you feel is an aspie skill because I’ve been told I sounded very clear and confident when I was doing presentations when in fact I was terrified and just frantically trying to keep track of where I was in the talk. Maybe we just have a lot of practice of faking it.

    I will defiantly get your book soon. It sounds like it might be one to send my parents.

    1. Thank you! My husband said I sounded a little nervous in the middle and sad at the end, though I’m pretty sure I was just completely exhausted.

      I think you’re right about learning to hide nervousness being just one more passing skill that we learn. I’m much better at it when the subject is something I’m passionate about because to some degree my infodumping nature just takes over and runs with the conversation. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. Hi there! Thanks for very good weblog, I love all your writings ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m a 31 year old self-diagnosed aspie since last month, just wanted to listen to your interview but i seems that the track has been removed. Would you check the link please? ๐Ÿ™‚

        1. I’m now struggling in my PhD, even worse, that’s not what I’m happy doing. I know I have to reconsider my options after finishing this (if ever ๐Ÿ˜ฆ ). Just wanted to thank for your book and very accurate examples that you shared…these are exactly what I needed to hear and read, and finally to find a community.
          I’m fascinated by the fact that how being different and knowing that gets us to a converging point of realizing that we need to love each other, no matter our differences. Just not later than 5 months ago when I first listened to Andrew Solomon talk :

          and read his book “Far from the tree,” it was as if someone tells me why do I need to accept and love myself for who I am, and now reading your book and blog, it seems that the puzzle is solved ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m from Iran, but now in Canada as a visiting student. If I weren’t here I probably couldn’t have easy access to your book. So thankful to God for this. You’re inspiring.

          1. I’m glad you enjoyed the book.

            As you said, having an explanation goes a long way toward allowing us to love and accept ourselves and in turn others as well. That’s been huge for me and for so many people who comment here. So glad you’ve solved your puzzle and I hope you’re able to come to a satisfactory decision about your PhD.

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