Tod Leben’s Dove: Hints Around Autism

Dove published August 1st 2022! [Dove] The ebook and paperback are available on Amazon (US). Ebook will be Kindle Unlimited.

Dove is a 137k word novel. Although other stories may be set within its world, it is a standalone.

Dove’s Autist?

Hints around Autism

As you may have guessed with my #ownvoices collection [Autist], I am not neurotypical in any sense of the word.

Rereading this story for the umpteenth time, I realize I gave very clear marks to say Icarus is also autistic. I could even weigh the decision to call Joe the same. There is no formal diagnosis. There is no clear ‘I’m autistic’ inside the story.

But if you want to call them autistic, I’m going to agree with you.

A few vague hints (I’ll stick to the beginning of the story):

“I have a ticket to the big gala. I need a plus one.” I smirk. His brow furrows. I guess my smirk is the wrong choice in looks.

Chapter 2 of Dove


“You could also use a shower.”

“Thanks.” It’s an insulting comment. And with it comes a slight glare.

“Do you like smelling of grease?”

Joe crosses his arms still following. “It’s not about liking it or not. I was working. It was a diner. I smell like the diner because splatter happens.”

“So you dislike my shower comment.” I shrug. “I’ll keep such thoughts to myself next time.”

Joe reaches out touching my arm lightly. His switch is so easy and quick. “No. It’s not that. It’s just… I know I smell like crap. I know I need a shower. I don’t need you saying it.”

“Just calculating time.” I nod forward. “If I don’t weigh time concerns, we may be late enough to draw even more attention.”

Chapter 2 of Dove

These are little things (and there are more than just this) that are really situations autistics find themselves in. I didn’t even realize I did it. It’s so common in my life, I just let it flow. And that flow lead to writing ND characters.

Now, Icarus is very much an ND character anyway. Depression has really messed with his mental/emotional patterns. You can give or take the autism (although, I’m calling it canon), but you cannot call him completely neurotypical. NT wouldn’t try suicide as if it’s the only option left in the world. Icarus has.

Dove published August 1st 2022! [Dove] The ebook and paperback are available on Amazon (US). Ebook will be Kindle Unlimited.

If you have any specific questions about any of my books, let me know. I am always willing to talk about my work

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