Jack Gunthridge has a high functioning form of autism known as Asperger's Syndrome. He is very open about his autism diagnosis and doesn't consider it a disability. It is a difference in thinking that people like Jane Austen, Mark Twain, Beethoven, Michelangelo, Isaac Newton, and Albert Einstein are believed to have had.
Jack wants to encourage readers to give his books a try. If you look at his reviews, they are either positive or negative with very little in the middle. Since he has a different way of thinking, his books will be written differently. Some will find this refreshing. Others won't quite know what to do with it because it doesn't fit the standard pattern or expectations of what other authors are producing.
Who are your favorite authors?
I like authors like Mark Twain and Charles Dickens. I grew up reading literature instead of the more popular modern authors. I think that is partly because my mom was an English major. I had more of the art and literature upbringing.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I ever wrote was a very condensed version of what later became the "Out of the Blue" series. I came up with the idea when I was a freshman in high school. I decided to expand it and make it an actual novel.
When Candice, a teenage girl, dies on her way home from the prom, she starts to go up to heaven. On the way, she runs into the soul of a handsome man. Her hopes of finding a lasting love with this man are interrupted as his soul is placed into the body of a newborn.