My third Thought Catalog book is getting published

My dream of becoming a published author

I just submitted the manuscript for my third Thought Catalog book. It’s a milestone I often overlook, but if you asked about my proudest accomplishment, this would be it: I’m a published author.

It sometimes feels like people only see me through the lens of my advocacy work for autism or as “Charlie’s mom, “overlooking the person behind it all.

That person has dreamed of being an author since childhood, back in her home in northern France. And she made it happen.

She might not be a New York Times bestseller, but she’s fulfilled her dream. Three times.

Today, I want to honor the three-year-old me who once dreamt of this achievement.

And, of course, a big thank you to my publisher, Thought Catalog for publishing another one of my books

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See below for an excerpt from my latest Thought Catalog book

How do you comfort someone whose worst fear has just become a reality? How do you navigate the loss of the person you vowed forever to? Can the unforgivable ever find forgiveness?

As I entered the nightmarish phase of my life, I wrestled with conflicting thoughts. There were moments I doubted my sanity—writing one thing one day and the complete opposite the next. However, I’ve realized I’m not losing my mind; I’m just going through something I hope others never endure. The contradiction within me isn’t madness; it’s the turmoil between heart and head. We never grow if we never question ourselves or change our minds.

Whatever you’re going through, you will survive it. I promise you. Because what you’re experiencing isn’t unique, countless others have known heartache, fear, and failure. But only a fraction dare to share their deepest struggles. We may feel alone, but that isolation only persists because people fear vulnerability.

As you read my words, you may find yourself conflicted. One day, page 7 resonates; the next, page 14. That’s the beauty of life—we’re constantly evolving. What feels true one moment may shift the next, and that’s okay.

I’m not here to stir you in a specific direction–I’m here to walk alongside you as you navigate life’s ups and downs. Through these pages, I want you to know that I get it. I get you.

This book is a raw glimpse into the mind of someone who confronted her greatest fear and emerged stronger. 

There’s no end to this story—I’m still writing it.

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