It feels important to me to say that Charles and Lily and James and Nan are utterly fictional characters. I took three facts from my childhood church: that there were co-ministers, one had an autistic son, and a school for autistic children was built in the church building. From those facts, I spun a story very different from the truth. Visually, my characters are based on old photos of my parents and their friends. Above: My very first day at church! That carriage is the one Lily’s aunts give her, except Lily’s is navy blue.