The Wyrd Sisters’s Exclusive Interview with author Charlie Michael Baker
Today we are very excited to bring you an exclusive interview with author Charlie M Baker.
After being bullied during his school years for being “different’ (including being assaulted), Charlie decided to self-publish his journal where he wrote his experiences into a book to raise awareness of autism.
The book is called “Charlie Baker: Autism And Me”. Both he and his book quickly became a success; he has almost 1 million Instagram followers at the time of writing, and has now published multiple books about autism. He has also donated hundreds of thousands to autism charities.
All three of us at The Wyrd Sisters were very excited to talk to Charlie, with our common interests including autism advocacy and writing.
You can check out our exclusive interview with Charlie below!
Exclusive Interview with Charlie M Baker
1. How old were you when you were diagnosed as autistic?
I was 6 years old when I was diagnosed with autism.
2. What was your initial reaction when you were diagnosed?
When I was diagnosed, I think I was too young for I have it all processed so it’s only really just starting to process now, at 16, after learning about what having autism really means.
3. How do you feel about your diagnosis now?
As I’m just starting to process my diagnosis 10 years on, I’m proud to be a part of the ASD community and I am more than prouder to be advocating it!!
4. What are your struggles with being autistic?
My struggles are actually more socialising (which is surprising due to my career choices). I don’t really have many sensory struggles, more just social anxiety.
5. What made you want to write a book?
Christine McGuinness inspired my journey a lot as a young author. I saw Christine advocating autism and I saw everything she was doing for the community and I saw that not many people were speaking up and advocating autism – so I did. Now Christine and I have built an online friendship and she’s the loveliest, most supportive person ever.
6. Has your life changed since writing a book? If so, how?
My life has changed so much from writing my book and being placed in the public eye. Lots of changes have to be made when you’re famous, especially as an autistic person with social anxiety!!
7. Any tips or advice for other neurodivergent people wanting to become an author?
My only advice to anyone in life is do it! You’ll never know the outcome unless you try it so never ever second guess yourself!!