‘That Question’ is the story of a young girl experiencing selective mutism at school. She wants more than anything to belong, to feel a part of it all. It is when her peers ask her ‘that question’, the one she dreads most of all, that she is reminded of just how different she is.

The story, which evolved out of a poem I wrote several years ago, is based on my own childhood experiences with selective mutism.

This book is for all children. My hope is that it serves to educate children about the nature of selective mutism. Most of…

Jania Williams

I write poetry, memoir and personal essays. I write a blog about my experience with social anxiety. Writing helps me make sense of the world.

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