Why did I choose to write about a character with mental health challenges?

As a writer, I get asked a lot of questions about my books and about my characters in particular. I was recently asked about why I chose to write about a character who has OCD and is possibly also on the autism spectrum. I’ve been thinking about this as I’ve been working on a new story and creating a new world and set of characters, and this is my answer:

I think that it is really important for readers to be able to see themselves in the characters of the books they are reading. There are lots of children who struggle with various mental illnesses like OCD and I think that they are unrepresented in stories. I wanted to share Felix’s story as a way of showing readers that they are not alone and as a way of helping other students to empathise with their peers. I’m hoping that once someone has read Double Felix, it will help them to understand people around them who are different to themselves and help them to connect in a really positive, inclusive way.

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