I'm an autistic woman who's also a big reader, and one of my ongoing goals is to read more books by autistic (and other neurodivergent) authors. Since finding these authors can take some research, I'm sharing some of my finds here for you to read too!
So, for you and for me, here is a short list of books in the umbrella genre of fantasy by authors who identify as autistic.
If you have any recommendations for neurodivergent authors I should look into (or you want to pitch yourself!), I'd love to hear from you. I'm hoping to update this list often.
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Looking for books of all genres by autistic women and non-binary folx? I have a much longer list of those that I keep updated here.
Looking for more books on neurodiversity in general? Check out my list here!
"Between Mundanus, the world of humans, and Exilium, the world of the Fae, lies the Nether, a mirror-world where the social structure of 19th-century England is preserved by Fae-touched families who remain loyal to their ageless masters. Born into this world is Catherine Rhoeas-Papaver, who escapes it all to live a normal life in Mundanus, free from her parents and the strictures of Fae-touched society. But now she's being dragged back to face an arranged marriage, along with all the high society trappings it entails."
A Neurodiverging blog reader emailed me about this author, and I am so grateful! This book has been shortlisted for several awards, and I love urban fantasy, so I can't wait to get my hands on it!
Even If We Break by Marieke Nijkamp
"For five friends, this was supposed to be one last getaway before going their separate ways--a chance to say goodbye to each other, and to the game they've been playing for the past three years. But they're all dealing with their own demons, and they're all hiding secrets."
A queer, young adult-ish mystery horror? Count me in!
Matchbox Girls by Chrysoula F. Tzavelas
"Marley Claviger is just trying to get her life together. Stumbling into an ancient conflict between celestial forces is going to make that a whole lot harder... When Marley wakes up to a phone call from a pair of terrified children, she doesn't expect to be pulled into a secret war."
This is a paranormal fantasy that looks like it's going to have a found-family bent - one of my favorite tropes.
From a Shadow Grave by Andi C. Buchanan
"Wellington, 1931. Seventeen-year-old Phyllis Symons' body is discovered in the Mt Victoria tunnel construction site.
Eighty years later, Aroha Brooke is determined to save her life."
This is a novella marketed as a ghost story/urban fantasy - interesting! And, it has fantastic reviews.