Jamie Scheid lives in the Midwest with her husband and two sons, one of whom has autism spectrum disorder. She graduated
cum laude from Western Illinois University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication.
Jamie is passionate about everything related to autism spectrum disorder. She encourages Awareness, Acceptance and Attitude in her book Hope Is Within Reach: Overcoming the Challenges of Autism Spectrum Disorder. She has also created the LOOK & LEARN Book Series for Visual Learners as a tool for parents to teach their child in a fun and simple way.
When not working with autism she enjoys writing fiction which includes her young adult fantasy The Irish Princess and the Pearls of Eetanam. She is working on other genres such as science-fiction romance and a middle-grade paranormal series.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I remember reading as a child was Charlotte's Web. It is still a favorite of mine today and I have read it to my children. I think it touches on many areas that as a child I could not appreciate. It depicts the importance of compassion, empathy, love and friendship which are all crucial elements in everyone's life.
How do you approach cover design?
I think cover design is a very important element of a book. Even though we are all taught not to judge a book by its cover; we do. I have an amazing cover artist that I worked with for Hope Is Within Reach: Overcoming the Challenges of Autism Spectrum Disorder and The Irish Princess and the Pearls of Eetanam. She took my story elements and created an amazing representation of my books.
I designed the covers for the LOOK & LEARN Book Series for Visual Learners because I have a background in graphic art and I wanted a simple cover which represents the books simplicity for children.
All seems quaint and serene in the beautiful Emerald Isle, but alas, the Kingdom of Shaughnessy is confronted by a battle with the Vikings, an uprising of evil and an endless journey for one young woman to find her purpose.
Powerful pearls were secretly given away ten years ago and now the queen needs Princess Cassidy to locate them and make certain they are secure.
You’re sitting in the doctor’s office waiting for your child’s diagnosis. The doctor utters the words you have feared: autism spectrum disorder. The only words you can say are, “What can I do now?” Hope Is Within Reach: Overcoming the Challenges of Autism Spectrum Disorder is a story of instinct, determination, perseverance and ultimately never giving up.