A former international lawyer with a degree from The University of Texas School of Law, Antoinette van Heugten has traded her practice for the pen. Her first novel, Saving Max, follows single mother, Danielle Parkman, whose teenage son has Asperger’s syndrome and becomes the primary suspect in a gruesome murder case.
Antoinette knows first-hand the struggles and triumphs of living with autism, and has always been an advocate for her children in a world where few people understood their disorder. She is an avid follower of the Autism Society of America, Talk Autism, Autism Speaks, the National Autism Association and Moms Fighting Autism, and has worked with parents who have recently received a diagnosis of autism for their children.
“My goal in writing Saving Max was not only to create an entertaining book,” she says, “but also to shed light on some of the misconceptions people have about the autism spectrum and to help other parents of children with autism know that they are not alone.”
Antoinette resides in Fredericksburg, Texas, with her husband.