If you have Dyslexia and Attention Deficit Disorder (like I do) or any other learning "disability" than you know what it is to fear.
Fear of being called on in the class room.
Fear of not knowing the answer.
Fear of not even knowing the question.
Learning to overcome those fears and their adult manifestations and becoming confident in my own intellectual abilities has been an on going processes. Part of that process was finally getting Detective Dwayne Drake and The Case of The Alphabet Thief out there.
Academically I felt like I was a late bloomer a really, really late bloomer. My parents were able to take me to a specialist who helped me learn to read and speak without messing up my "r"s. It was with her that my love of reading took root and it was through my mother's reading to me while sick with the chicken pox that allowed the love to blossom.
I was always afraid of looking stupid so I put on the "I don't care" front. I was always ready to make a comment to divert the attention from myself. If I wasn't doing that I was hiding behind a book.
End of Part 1