Non-adoptee looking for a view.
My name's Connor, and just so you know, I'm not an adoptee. Why come here, you're probably asking? I need a view. I want to know what its like to be an adoptee, and in the process, I can learn something about myself. Something about adoption has always perplexed me. For the longest time, I was kind of cynical about the whole thing. Everything, really. One day, I decided to do something about it. Curb the darkness and bring in the light.
I'm an aspiring writer. Science fiction, horror, and thrillers (especially psychological thrillers) are my trades. Maybe if I wrote a book with an adoptee protagonist, I can get rid of my ambivalence. I have one idea I've been toying with for awhile; it's a psychothriller about an adopted boy with Asperger syndrome (which I have) who tries to prove his new therapist is a serial killer while trying to reconcile with his aparents (one of whom is a grizzled homicide detective) at the same time. What I'm trying to accomplish here is a new spin on the "adopted hero" story. The aparents and the protagonist have a complex relationship, and I want that to show.
Normally, adoption is portrayed in thrillers as a beneficial thing... or sometimes not. Here, it's a little bit of both. The aparents aren't perfect; the adoptive father is in a bit of a mid-life crisis, he's already got Internal Affairs on him for his Dirty Harry antics, and he's always late for family dinners and birthday parties. The adoptive mother smothers the son with affection and is somewhat neurotic. Despite this, they're good people at heart, and like the protagonist, they find redemption in the end.
I'm currently swamped with schoolwork and another WIP novel, but already, this adoption thriller is becoming a priority project.