Kristen Brown is an artist with Asperger's syndrome and PTSD who always wondered how could she ever hope to have a bright, happy future with one foot stuck in the mire of such a dark, unhappy past. She found the strength and fortitude to over-come, reconcile, forgive, let go of the pain, and help others do the same. Kristen shares her story of over-coming adversity to inspire people and help them understand that no matter what horrible, difficult, or challenging situations we go through in life, there is a way to persevere and break the cycle. Kristen wants the down-trodden masses to know, life does get better. Currently residing in Jacksonville, Florida, Kristen fosters rescued abused animals, home-schools her children, and promotes children's books written by her 10 year old son, Kaleb who also has Asperger's syndrome.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My life was mainly about just merely surviving each day to get to the next, pretty much without purpose or direction. I get out of bed each day now, fully inspired by the joy of my children, to put forth the best effort to make life as happy as I can for my kids, provide them with the best childhood I can, and use every minute to build a solid foundation for their future.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I home-school my two children, we go on quite a few field trips, I love to paint, film my kids for a true-life tv show for The Autism Channel, act as my son's agent by trying to get my son as many interviews as I can, I also manage getting his children's books to as many kids in children's homes and hospitals as I can, and I color. Yep, I am helping my son turn his books into cartoons for The Autism Channel, so I have to marker over his crayon to make his drawings pop for the books and for tv. I also write the scripts from his book for the cartoons, so even in my breaks from writing, I am still writing. If I ever manage to clear a whole day, I prefer to spend it with my kids at the beach, or camping.
"How can you have a bright, happy future with one foot stuck in the mire of such a dark, unhappy past? You find any way to over-come, reconcile, forgive, let go of the pain, and help others do the same.