There was only joy for first time author Jordan Lowe at the launch of his graphic novel Sorrow and Joy at the end of August.
The 24-year-old Novocastrian celebrated the official release of his book with family and friends on August 23, ending Mayfield Library's book week celebrations on a high.
Mr Lowe captivated his guests with a reading of the book's prologue and an exclusive preview of illustrations from volume two.
The anime-inspired novel is the first in an epic series of several planned volumes that follows Haruka Mantsu, a young Japanese nurse working in a devastating war.
As an author with high functioning autism, sharing this story was no easy feat. Mr Lowe has been crafting the series' plotline for 10 years, dedicating the completion of volume one to his mum.
"She's my biggest fan and my hardest critic, she tends to comment a fair bit on how I draw females," he said.
Mr Lowe said the Sorrow and Joy series was inspired by fellow anime author Hideo Kojima and an early introduction to storytelling by his mother.
"My main goal is to make a story that people will remember, a story that people will keep and when they have children, they will pass it on to them as mum passed on The Hobbit to me," he said.
Mr Lowe's NDIS provider Castle hosted the launch event. Staff filled the room to celebrate the author's achievement.
Mr Lowe attends Castle twice a week to gain skills in building friendships, self-confidence and dealing with conflict.
"At Castle, we strive to help our participants define and achieve their own goals. We're proud to have been a part of turning Jordan's vision into a reality," Castle chief executive officer Dianne Hamer said.
Ms Hamer purchased eight copies of the book to share with the company's directors, family and friends.
The young author thanked his ability coach Emma Upton for her support and guidance in helping him become a published author.
In his Q&A at the launch, Mr Lowe offered insight into his creative process and wise advice to fellow Castle participants wishing to follow in his footsteps.
"The first thing you need to have is an idea, an idea that you believe in and that you believe you can pass on to the next generation," he said.
Purchase a copy of Sorrow and Joy at jordanlowe.australianauthors.store.