Rudy Simone was born in upstate New York in 1964, but spent most of her life living in other places, including parts of Asia, Europe, and California. A person on the autism spectrum, Rudy knows her topic well--her previous jobs include waitressing, editing, owning her own cafe, landscape gardening, office managing, singing, and writing. Rudy has had essays published in other books on autism and spirituality ( Voices of Autism and 29 Gifts ) and for a time was the head staff writer and managing editor of TAPS Paramagazine. In 2009, her first book 22 Things a Woman Must Know If She Loves a Man with Asperger's Syndrome was published, and then in 2010, she released two more popular titles on Asperger's, Aspergirls and Asperger's on the Job. In addition to being a lecturer and researcher in the field of Asperger's Syndrome (focusing on how AS affects females, employment, relationships, and sensory issues), Rudy is also currently a novelist, screenwriter, and a speakeasy jazz singer.