Since the publication of Someone Like Me, John has been asked many questions from readers around the country on a variety of subjects. He would like to answer a few of the most common questions for you here now.
Q - How do I contact John directly?
A - You can contact John at email@example.com. He reads and responds quickly to all inquiries.
Q - I want to get a signed copy of Someone Like Me. How do I go about that?
A - Click on the Ordering Info tab above and use the Paypal button to order.
Q - What is Cerebral Palsy (CP)? Isn't it a disease?
A: Cerebral Palsy is a brain disorder. My brain (cerebral) and my body's muscles (palsy) don't communicate as well as they should. I describe CP as having a dial-up modem for a brain while everyone else is running on broadband internet.
Q - How many people have CP?
A - Current statistics show that CP affects 1 in 268 people throughout the world. That's over 800,000 people in the United States alone.
Q - You seem very normal to me. If you have CP, how come you are not in a wheelchair?
A - It important to understand that every case of cerebral palsy is unique and affects each person differently.
Q: Is there a cure for cerebral palsy?
A: Not currently. Exciting research is currently being conducted by the world's leading scientists. There is hope.
Q - What would you tell someone who wanted to write a book?
A - I will pass along the same advice given to me before I began writing Someone Like Me. That advice is to tell me a story. One small story of one event in your life. Then tell me another. The important thing is to just start writing!
Q - Are you still friends with Phil?
A - You bet. We talk just about every day. I'll tell him you said hello!
Q - What has surprised you most since the publication of your memoir?
A - To learn that most everyone has a story to tell. Readers, when they meet me, love telling the tale of their own personal challenges that they have overcome - and I love hearing them.
Q - What are you working on now?
A - I'm focusing on my motivational speaking business. I love traveling the country sharing my story, raising disability awareness. I hope to do much more going into 2014.
Q - I think Someone Like Me would make a great movie! Do you think that is possible?
A - Thanks for this question! Its the first thing that most people say after reading my book. To answer the question, anything is possible! It only takes one person with the proper connections who believes in the story!
Q - Are you planning to write another book?
A - I have a great outline for a book that I plan to write, I just have to find the time to sit down and get it done!