Meet Finnegan MacManus, or just “Finn” as he prefers to be called. His life began when he was 18 years old. He was born 18 years earlier, but he had never truly lived. Since birth he had been different and his parents were indifferent toward him. His mother never bonded with her infant son. He never cried or smiled. As he got older he would scream and throw his arms around when something did not go his way. And nothing ever went his way. The world was a series of confusing sounds, uncomfortable situations, unbearable textures and complete chaos. His father could barely stand the sight of his son and as a young boy he was sent to hospitals and group homes for the mentally disabled. He spent his childhood between strangers and a house of strangers.
In the midst of a panic attack Finn runs into a diner where he will meet a man that will change his life forever. Finn had gone from institutions and his dysfunctional family home to a homeless shelter, but that would soon be his past as he begins to build a life, step by step, one day at a time. He learns that he is not mentally disabled and fights for a ‘normal’ life. While he cannot change who he is, he finds people that are willing to make his world easier as he slowly adapts to the world around him. He learns that he is autistic but quite gifted. Finn’s life is rapidly changing and his talents are intriguing to intelligence agencies that begin to seek him out. But Finn resists pressure and opts to stick with choices that make him comfortable and he continues to surround himself with people that care for him and have given him a chance at a real life.
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Paz Ellis has been writing since childhood. She began her journey as a writer with poetry and short stories. She wrote her first book 20 years ago, but has yet to publish it. It currently resides on her book shelves amongst the writers that have always inspired her craft. Paz recently published a memoir, Plantains and the 7 Plagues, A Memoir: Half-Dominican, Half-Cuban and Full Life. “Just Finn” is her second book. It is a fictional story about an autistic young man, inspired by her brother who has lived with Asperger’s Syndrome for over 45 years. “Just Finn” is the 1st of a 2-part series.
Paz lives in Oklahoma with her husband and two teenage sons on a ranch where they raise red Angus cattle. She is also a photographer and an avid reader.