Cammie McGovern was born in Evanston, Illinois, but moved to Los Angeles when she was seven years old. She is the author of three adult novels, The Art of Seeing, Eye Contact, and Neighborhood Watch. Say What You Will will be published by HarperTeen in June, 2014. She currently lives in Amherst, MA, with her husband and three sons, the oldest of whom is autistic.
I mostly grew up in LA, the land where everyone’s parents worked on TV shows and movies. Both my parents were teachers which seemed very embarrassing to me at the time, but of course now seems as if it was probably a very good thing.
I have written three novels that are technically for adults but I realized, after hearing from quite a few kids reading Eye Contact for school, that maybe those old labels don’t always fit. Eye Contact is about a boy with autism who witnesses a murder that takes place during school hours, in the woods behind his elementary playground. His mom, and other folks at school all have to read his clues to figure out how much he knows and what he’s trying to tell them. I’m thrilled that it’s being used by teachers and librarians in discussions about bullying and tolerance of kids with special needs.
My other novel that might be of interest to young adult fans is The Art of Seeing about two sisters and how their relationship grows and changes when the older one becomes a movie actress, secretly suffering from a condition that threatens her eyesight. Though perhaps I have drawn a few details from life with my own dear sister, Elizabeth McGovern (currently starring in Downton Abbey,) she’d like to reassure the world that her eyesight is fine.
For even more, please check out my FAQ and links to old articles (I have quite a bit in there about writing, life with autism, and starting Whole Children. What’s Whole Children? Check it out at wholechildren.org)