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)

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year

I've been busy writing When David was Surprised...the reason I haven't been posting is because the story has taken on a life of its own in the way the best stories always do, and I've been working very hard to follow along very closely.  I haven't wanted to break the spell by talking about it too much.  I will say that the story has shown me quite a few surprises already... I can't wait to know what my brother thinks. 

I'll be seeing him tomorrow to give him the first few chapters of the new story... Happy New Year to all!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

New YouTube video!

See it.... as well as our other videos.... HERE.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Making progress

For those of you who've read How David Met Sarah, you might be interested to know that I am at work on the second book of the series... When David was Surprised.  Based on my brother's own experiences with theatre, it includes quite a few surprises for the reader as well. 

Some of you may know of National Novel-Writing Month - often referred to as NaNoWriMo.  It's a national writing challenge that many writers seek to complete: produce a 50,000 word first draft in one month. 

Fair enough, but the month they pick happens to be November...which is not only a short month but a busy month in my universe.  Believe it or not, this month is less busy than last month because now the launch is behind me, I only have a few presents to finish buying.  So here's my goal for the rest of month:  to complete a 20,000 word first draft.  As of this morning, I have 3,200 words completed.  There are 17 days left in December.  If I write a thousand words every day - about four manuscript pages - I will meet my goal. 

I'll be keeping you posted on my progress!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Photos from the launch party

Thank YOU!

Thank you so much to all the people who helped to make last Friday night so special for David and me... especially to Patrice Fitzgerald, Susan Forrest, Patricia Bruhn, Doreen Breen, Karen Tyson, the folks at NDSS, and my mother and stepdad for driving David up to the party.  Thanks as well to everyone who came, and to those who couldn't, but thought good thoughts anyway!  We hope you had as good a time as we did!  Photos will follow as well as a new YouTube video...check back soon :).

Friday, December 9, 2011

Looking forward to tonight....

...and hope you are, too!  David and I will be signing copies and celebrating the release of How David Met Sarah with family, friends, and yummy assortment of holiday treats... join us at 7 PM at the Phoenix Rising Art Center at 135 South Main Steet in Thomaston, CT. 

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Seriously discounted!

If you can't make the launch party, get your print copy at a great price at Barnes & Noble....it's the perfect size for a stocking stuffer ;).  Just send me a note at AnnieKelleher@aol.com and I will send you an autographed bookplate. 

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Thanks, Chris Burke!

How David Met Sarah is terrific. I think the character of David has a lot of heart, is full of happiness and is very thoughtful.  Despite his disability, he has a lot of personality and ability.  I like the story about David’s relationship with his parents and his independence.  I thought that it was difficult for Sarah to accept David in her life, but in her heart she will be there for him.  It’s not about his disability but her ability to grow to trust him as a friend. Anne Kelleher wrote from her experience of what it’s like to have a brother with a disability, and I think this concept is very worthwhile.  If you want my advice, you should read this book about the world of young adults with Down syndrome.

“Corky” from Life Goes On and Goodwill Ambassador for the National Down Syndrome Society
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Sunday, December 4, 2011

Just in time for the holidays....

Print copies now available!  Click the link to the right to order your copy :). 

If you would like a book plate, signed by both David and me, please send me an email at AnnieKelleher@aol.com!

Thank you so much to all our readers... see you at the launch party :).