Coming soon from eFitzgerald... available in print and in eformat

Hello and welcome to our book's blog. How David Met Sarah is the story of a young man with Down Syndrome who falls in love with a young woman with autism. What makes How David Met Sarah different from any of my previous work is that I wrote the book for my youngest brother. He is 36 and has Down Syndrome.
I wrote How David Met Sarah with two goals in mind: to give my brother a story he could read and enjoy on his own, as well as one that had a hero with which he could identify. Like the main character in the story, my brother lives at home with his parents, works in a mail room and has even been in love.
I didn't intend to publish the story at first. My brother loved the initial chapters, and that was enough to encourage me to complete it. But one day I needed a sample manuscript to use at a writing workshop. The only work in progress I had to share was this one. I used the opening chapters in the workshop, and the response was so positive, I was encouraged to share the story with everyone.
How David Met Sarah is a story that is not only accessible to those with developmental disabilities, but also offers insight into what it's like to live with such a disability. My brother and I hope everyone enjoys it. Thanks for stopping by....Annie Kelleher (and David Kelly)

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Why more people need to read How David Met Sarah

It's truly hard to fathom that things like this actually happen.  According to a story reported by The Huffington Post: 

 "A Southern California family decided to splurge on first-class plane tickets for the first time but were denied entry onto the plane because their son has Down Syndrome, they claim."

This is why How David Met Sarah should be required reading for anyone who interfaces with the public in any way at all.  Adults with Down Syndrome are not overgrown children.  Adults with Down Syndrome are adults.  That this kind of discrimination could occur anywhere at all is hard to understand.  That it happened in Newark makes it even worse.  

Friday, August 31, 2012

Once in a blue moon...

Wow... it's hard to believe almost two months have gone by since I last posted.  It's not that there hasn't been news to's just that so much has happened it's been impossible to keep up.

But I promise to do better...

I wanted to share a letter I received on our Facebook page (please visit and click Like!).  It made me smile... I hope it makes you smile, too:

Hi Annie, I have a short story I thought would make you smile. I am a part time life coach/in home provider for a 22 yr. old with DS. I was telling him about you, your brother and your books. We pulled up the blog so he could see who/what I was talking about. He decided right then to read the chapters on your blog for his hour of daily reading that his family does. So far he really likes the books and wants me to loan him my copies. He also said he'd like to email you when he gets done to give you his opinion and suggestions! Have a great holiday weekend!

I can't wait to hear what he thinks :).

Happy Labor Day weekend to all... may you have a safe and relaxing holiday! 

Wednesday, July 4, 2012


David and I had such a great time at the launch party last weekend.  We appreciate everyone who came out and we heard so many wonderful things about our stories, that we decided we wanted to share the books with as many people as possible.  So, to celebrate the July 4th holiday, today through July 8, download your Kindle version FREE from of BOTH How David Met Sarah AND When David was Surprised.  

If you don't have a Kindle, you can download a free Kindle app.

Please download your copies and help us spread the word.  Then tell us what you think by leaving a review on Amazon, liking us on Facebook, or following us on Twitter @anniekelleher.  Thank you so much.... Annie and David.  

Thursday, May 10, 2012

You're invited!

Launch Party & Book Signing
Saturday, June 23rd, 2012
1:00 – 2:30 PM

The Pennington Library
30 North Main Street
Pennington NJ 08534

Join Anne, her brother, David Kelly– the inspiration for the books – and their family and friends to celebrate the release of When David was Surprised, the sequel to How David Met Sarah.  They are the first two of a planned five book series, and copies of both will be available for autographing by Annie and David. 
Endorsed by the National Down Syndrome Society, How David Met Sarah *has garnered praise from families, librarians, caregivers, psychologists, reading specialists and special education teachers for both its accessibility and its insights into the world of the developmentally disabled.  
These novels about a young man with Down Syndrome who falls in love with a young woman with Autism are both content and reading level appropriate for adults and young adults of most reading abilities. 
How David Met Sarah and When David was Surprised are also available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble online.  Read more about the stories and how they came to be written at 
*Twenty per cent of the profits are donated to the
National Down Syndrome Society.

Monday, May 7, 2012

New giveaway!

In celebration of the soon to be available print version of When David was Surprised, we're offering a new giveaway:  25 free copies of When David was Surprised - to be picked at random the day of our launch party on June 23rd.  I hope you will enter, tell your friends to enter and if you are in the neighborhood, stop by the Pennington Library between 1 and 2:30 PM to say hello!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Thought for today

"One's destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing." - Henry Miller.

That quote reminded me of something a lot of people tell me after they've read How David Met Sarah and When David was Surprised.  The books help them to see the world from a different perspective.

What other books do that for you, Gentle Reader?