|I am a freelance
writer working primarily in the areas of Autism, Special Needs
Children, and Education with a passion for politics.
I am married to Jim Shimek and the mother
of two sons. Ryan is 20 and Michael 8 and also Autistic.
I live outside a quaint little town in Minnesota along the
with my family, our beloved hunting dogs and the wildlife
that accompanies living in Minnesota. After Michael was born
I retired from a career in Emergency Medical Services and
embraced my role as a parent of a Special Needs Child.
I am a freelance writer, published author and public speaker, and have been featured in newspapers, television news, radio talk shows and television talk shows.
My family and my first book The Color Red were featured on CNN’s Autism Day- April 2008. I have stood at the platform on countless issues concerning Autism and Special Needs and sit on several boards in Minnesota that help to address issues and needs for those with developmental disabilities. I am an active volunteer to countless organizations.
I live in Minnesota in a quaint town on 3.5 acres of land on the Crow River with my husband, two sons and our beloved hunting dogs. I currently have four books to be released in 2009 & 2010. Plans for the future are vast with aspirations for a political future.
I am the author of The Color Red and Autism is a Four Letter Word - Love.
My book titles are as follows
The Color Red- published on 2007
Autism is a Four Letter Word....Love- - out in 3/31/2009
*A third book on Autism - yet untitled--out the end of 2009 or early 2010
*A novel - yet untitled out in 2010
I have firm views on education and funding
for Special Education in Public Schools in the United States.
that funding for Public Schools is complex but
what our current Government Policies are providing, is not
working. Rather it is a travesty.
The funding for education in our country has
fallen to the bottom of our priorities for far to long. A sound
investment in education for the students of this country defines
what this nation was based on. Over the course of a decade,
that base has been compromised and is continuing to fall. We
as a country need to strive to gain that base back and make
education for all Special Needs and non-Special Needs
students a definition of what the United States of America
You need to speak up for your Special Needs Child. You are
the only voice they have. Once you find that voice the possibilities
for your child are endless.
“Kind words placed in a gentle manner are soothing and
sweet and this reflects a persons kindness. A firm tone and
a blunt statement made, allows the topic to be remembered”.
I also writes under the pen name J. Jeanette
Jay and Julie Jurgens-Shimek.
In my very limited spare time I enjoy
time with my family and friends. I enjoy boating, snowmobiling,
the comfort of becoming lost while reading a good book, old
black and white movies of the 40’s & 50’s or
a fine glass of wine while listening to Nina Simone.
A percentage of all profits from my writing
including the book “The
Color Red” go to a newly started
Autism Program in a Minnesota Public School our son Michael
attends along with other Autistic students.
I am currently busy promoting my book “Autism is a Four Letter Word - LOVE” which is published by AuthorHouse.
I have 2 other books in the works. One is an extension of
the book “The Color Red”.
I am looking for approximately 20 families in the Minnesota
area who are raising Autistic children.
Many have found my family's story moving and a gateway into
the life raising a child with Autism.
I believe there are many stories to be told dealing with
looking for a broad spectrum of Autistic children
and families. If you wish for your family to be considered
book, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with
your contact information and a summary of your family.
You may contact me at
questions or comments pertaining to the book “The
Color Red” or "Autism is a Four Letter Word - LOVE". For inquiries
concerning my current work in progress please
email me directly if you wish to be considered in this book.
See current works area of the bio section for updates.
To schedule book signing‘s, speaking
and all press interviews please contact my publicist