Book: London Loves His Opposites
Q1. Please introduce yourself so that the readers will get to know you better.
Hello! My name is Christina Chisholm Ward. I am a native of Queens, New York; though most of my teenage and adult years were spent in Atlanta, GA. My family and I currently reside in San Diego California. I am a mother of two (London, 9 and Logan 5) and happily married to my college sweetheart of 21 years, Cedric. I am an Autism advocate, trained in Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA), and a mentor to parents with children that have extra needs. I am an active leader in my church and am currently in my last year of seminary, working toward my Masters of Divinity.
Q2. What is your inspiration behind your book “London Loves His Opposites”?
My life is my inspiration. I am an autism mom and an autism aunt (my son and twin nephews are autistic). Everyday, I witness firsthand both the beauty and difficulties that come with doing life with someone on this magnificent spectrum. Though every person is different and thus, every parent’s experience with their extra-needs child is different, the one thing all of us parents/loved ones/caregivers/teachers have in common is the desire to step into our child’s world. We hope to learn how they think, so that we can help them navigate this life. Rather than trying to force those who are atypical to conform to what society deems to be “normal”, this story challenges the reader to not only accept what is different, but to celebrate and even participate in those differences.
Q3. What are your hobbies apart from writing?
I enjoy spending time with my family. I absolutely love to cook! A good meal or yummy dessert is how I show love to my family and neighbors, and my kitchen is my “happy place”. I also love to sing, dance and paint.
Q4. Are you planning to write your next book soon?
Yes, I have already started!
Q5. For which age group your book “London Loves His Opposites” is suitable?
Kinder to 3rd grade, primarily.
Q6. What is your favorite Quote?
“Normal is boring.”
Q7. What makes your city special?
San Diego is beautiful! The weather is nearly perfect most of the time, there’s lots to do, and…TACOS (literally the best Mexican food I have ever had in my life. Whoever invented carne-asada fries should be entered into sainthood lol!)
Q8. What suggestion do you want to give to parents of little readers regarding a reading habit?
Make reading exciting! Act things out or take your littles to their local library to participate in reading groups. So many books are made into movies now. It’s a great motivator to read a book along with your child and then make the film a reward!
Q9. What does literary success look like to you?
An autistic little boy I gifted my book to read it and came to me the very next day and said “you’re the author? I liked your book! It made me feel good to be me.” On another occasion, a neurotypical boy read my book and remarked “I really love it! It’s about this boy who is happy being different and I like that because we should all appreciate differences.” That meant the world to me…that is success.
Q10. Lastly, who is your inspiration in life and why?
It is difficult to choose one person. I have been blessed with so many amazing people in my life. The matriarchs of my family have taught me strength and resilience. My father, though deceased many years, left a legacy that inspires me to work hard and love sacrificially. My children inspire my creativity, joy and drive to be all that God has purposed. Last, but not least, my husband inspires me to be my very best self and love who I am.
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