Lake Stevens author Jay Londo is currently working on his 12th novel, eight of which have been published, Londo has also written a screenplay but his focus this summer is training with his 12-year-old son Christopher, climbing Mount Pilchuck sometime this month.
Christopher is going to be a seventh grader at Lake Stevens High School and has been diagnosed with autism and Jay was injured in a car accident in early July leaving him with permanent nerve damage, however, the intense training hasn’t kept either of them down.
“I previously had made it a goal for myself last year. It took me a year of training just to do it. I achieved my goal,” Jay said. “Chris being autistic, I thought that this too could be a good goal for him. He’s very excited to get to the top and see the building located on top.”
Their training includes a lot of walking as well as other types of strength training.
“As far as training, we have been lifting light hand weights every day, including jumping-jacks, sit-ups. He (Christopher) has also been walking up and then back down the hill the high school is located on. I told him when he could go completely over the hill twice he should be ready to climb,” Jay said. “People need to understand it’s much harder for him, being autistic. So we make small goals, and then achieve them. So this is a real big deal.”
Jay also walks all over town since his accident, trying to help with recovery as well as prepare for the climb.
“I’m sure you have seen me; I’m the guy walking around with the poles,” Jay said.
Londo loves to write and he loves his son and helping the two come together for the good of his family is his goal. He has decided to donate all of the royalties from the sale of his books to a fund which supports autism.
“I started writing in 2004. I have written books on a wide-range of subjects to try and appeal to more readers. I have also written a screenplay to one of my books. My biggest joy is having people read my novels and being able to help my son at the same time. I don’t expect to get rich by writing books, it’s not about that for me, but rather I want to get comfort knowing my boy will be taken care of in the future,” Londo explained. “I couldn’t do a whole lot financially for his future, so I found a way with something I immensely love doing, so I got the idea and set up a fund for my son; the royalties go directly to the fund. He will need help later in life when he is an adult, with his life-long care,” Jay explained. “I set this fund up on his behalf. I want people to know that I donate 100 percent of all royalties. I have never taken a dime since my first book was published. I also have plans in the future to help other families with special needs children.”
Christopher has learned to enjoy sports in the last few years through Special Olympics, something he didn’t participate in until he got involved in that program.
“The thing people should know about Christopher is he is like a gentle giant. He’s truly a good person; you just have to get to know him. He’s been involved in the Special Olympics and is now on his third year. Before the Special Olympics he never played any sports. Now he plays basketball, bowling, swimming, golf, softball and has gone to state in more than one sport,” Londo said. “But the best part is, he’s made a lot of great friends, great coach Patty Stubbard, she gives so much and she asks nothing in return.”
Londo’s books can be found online at Amazon.com and can be purchased in paperback and as an ereader. His titles include “Humanity’s Last Stand,” “The Cave,” “Silverback Island,” “Alone in the Woods,” “Attila’s Lost Gold,” “Wartorn Love,” “Man vs. Wild,” “Billionaire Dinosaur Club.”
“It’s simple to find my books, just go to Amazon, and type in Jay Londo, and all my books will come up,” Londo said. “So imagine all of you can help out by doing nothing other than buying and reading one of my exciting stories. And the next time you see Chris out and about, say hi. I would love hearing from you all, you can reach me on Facebook and Twitter.”