Michael Scott Monje, Jr. is an Autistic writer from West Michigan whose first novel, Nothing is Right, was based on childhood experiences, mostly surviving at school and making friends. Michael's work contemplates the line between observer and observed during moments of personal introspection, confronting the ways that normative cultural expectations shape the self-image of neurodivergent and queer individuals.
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Published: September 1, 2014.
Fiction » Coming of age
"A Waking Narrative" follows the first-person experience of an autistic and genderqueer individual through a life of addiction, marginalization, and romantic frustration as they come to terms with what it means to lack access to medical transition and attempt to make peace with it.
Lynn Vargas is an artificial intelligence that was created by the merger of human memories, brain scans, and an artificial reality simulator. Now, she must convince her creators that she is not the resurrected spirit of her creator's dead wife, but a person in her own right.
Nothing is Right is a novel about not being able to be called autistic. Set in 1988, the year Rainman was on the silver screen, it follows Clay, a boy whose lack of intellectual disability disqualified him from an autism diagnosis under the standards of care of the time.