The Inspiration

My name is Grant Hamilton and ten years ago my son Gregory was diagnosed with autism. My wife, Carla and I had noticed that he was not behaving the same as other kids and was being bullied in school due to these differences. Having a son diagnosed with autism changed my family’s lives forever and opened our eyes to a completely new world. We made the decision to re-invent ourselves by downsizing our home and Carla quit her job to stay home to care and home-school Gregory. This transition was not easy, and we have made many family sacrifices along the way, but it has absolutely been worth it. We would make the same decisions if we had to do it over again.

As parents on this journey, Carla and I have become strong supporters of autism and we now see ourselves as champions for this cause. Certainly the challenges of raising a child with autism have been great but there have been so many more positives. As he has grown, Gregory has become quite the character, with a sweet personality, a “gentle giant” of a young man. He is a wonderful person, but if I was asked today if he could have a normal life and keep a job, I would hesitate to say yes.

Anyone who understands autism knows that their obsessions drive their happiness. Gregory’s obsessions are music, books and games. But if something were to happen to Carla and I, who would feed his needs? Without support would he fall back into depression and sadness? Like many other families with special needs children one starts to ask - what will happen after my wife and I are gone? Facing that question was a wake-up call for us, because his possible future in a group home or worse is not appealing. We want him to have a normal life or at least have a happy life where he does not need to worry about how he will take care of himself. Pondering this question awoke a desire in me to provide help, not just for Gregory but for everyone with autism!

In order to provide a more stable future for my son and raise autism awareness, I drew on my creative writing background and have written the first book of a fantasy series called The Heroes of Karth: The Curse of the Undead. In this story, one of the main characters has autism, symbolizing one of the overarching themes of the story, "it is okay to be different".  It also conveys that having autism is analogous to having a super power and is not something to hide or be ashamed of.

The book deals with important themes such as autism awareness, supporting LGBTQ and against racism while still remaining a very entertaining fantasy story. It has been written and edited, and all original artwork has been created. Book 1 is available now at Amazon.com.

We are also in the process of creating a card game based on the novels and the first two decks of our game will be ready for release this June 2017.

To support autism, $1 dollar from every book sold will be donated to the autism society.

This is only the beginning for the Heroes of Karth.