If you are here, then hopefully you know that my name is John Hattaway. I’m in my 40s, have a wife and children, and spend my days (long days) with my 3-year-old, for whom I’m the primary caregiver and taker to the doctor, dentist, and all kinds of other places.
I have a BA in English and a MFA in Creative Writing, my focus was on prose or fiction. My intent with this website as well as in my personal life is to return to writing and work on getting published and recognized for what I’ve spent the majority of my life learning and practicing.
I was married in 2007 and moved to New England just over a year later with my wife and oldest child. We continue to live in New England and have a second child.
Marriage is not always easy, nor is being a parent, but having someone with whom the struggles and day-to-day challenges of life and family can be shared makes everything worthwhile. Plus, having children helps me focus on life and things that are important while allowing my wife and children to explore their interests and what they want to achieve in the future.
I am not subscribed to nor do I visit social media sites. There is no way for me to own or control my data, social media companies are not interested in my best interests or welfare and the period between 2016 and 2021 has been illustrative of my reasons for no longer participating.
I was diagnose with autism or autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in 2012 and have, since that time, spent considerable time and resources on learning what I can about ASD and the comorbid conditions that accompany the disorder. In 2012, I would’ve been diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome, but chose to not pursue the specific diagnosis because the DSM-5 was about to be released and Aspergers was no longer a diagnosis. DSM-5 would now diagnose me with Level 1 ASD or in need of less support in my day-to-day life.
After I was diagnosed, my wife and I decided we would not hide my ASD and would do what we could to help and educate. Since my diagnosis, I have one child who has also been diagnosed and who has inspired an increase in reading, research, and discussion on ASD and its influence on both people with ASD and the NT community.
I knew at a young age that I wanted to write for a living and I’ve worked for several companies over many years who’ve paid me to write. I’ve also spent years teaching. One of my personal ideals is having an ability or talent means it should be used and one part of using it is to help others learn and grow.
My MFA creative thesis was the first 120 pages of a book that was more odyssey of narrative self-discovery and will never be added to or finished. The impetus for that writing disappeared years ago and moving forward I’m working on a variety of topics that, combined, explore different combinations of what it means to be alive and living as well as interacting with and growing among other people.
One of my goals is to publish and in that spirit, I’m beginning to challenge some of my former writing habits and assumptions. Hopefully, I will finally produce something I think is worth reading.