My name is Gretchen Leary, I am thirty years old, and I have Aspergers Syndrome.
I currently reside in the Houston area. I am the author of “Welcome to My Yesterday”  and “Monochrome”  which are two collections of poetry under my maiden name (I am divorced but retained my married name) Gretchen Gundel, and the children’s book “Really, Really Like Me” .
Not everyone loves poetry or has an Autism Spectrum Disorder but one way that I know I can relate to others, even with social struggles, is through music.
I have recently started writing poetry while listening to music and I am sure to give credit to my inspiration each time. It all started with “Ivory at Night” which was inspired by Beethoven’s Sym. No. 9 which I shared with Josh Groban. His response to it on Twitter has inspired me to keep this challenge going.
From there, I chose different classical composers and wrote to their music. I have now started incorporating different genres into my writing as well.
Right now, I am currently working on an illustrated children’s book to help raise awareness and promote acceptance of individuals on the Autism Spectrum.
My dream is to make a difference.
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