commanderfraya said:  I just finished City of Heavenly Fire and I was struck by Ty’s character. I don’t know if you intended for him to be autistic or not, but given the behaviors described — his stimming/counting, expanded vocabulary, difficulty communicating, agitation, aversion to touch, and other sensory issues — he’s one of the best autistic representations I’ve ever seen, even if his character wasn’t originally intended that way. My younger brother and fiancee are both autistic, and it’s really difficult to find humanizing depictions of autistic people in media… If Ty is going to be a continuing character in The Dark Artifices then I’m all kinds of excited, and if not then I’m glad we got to know him in Heavenly Fire! Your work has meant a lot to me since I was thirteen years old, thank you for sharing your imagination and I hope you have a lovely day :)

Hi! I just wanted to post this to assure you that Ty is absolutely going to be a continuing character. He’s very significant in the Dark Artifices. He is important to the other characters, and they are important to him. 

Ty is a challenge because it’s a challenge to write a neuroatypical character in a world in which there are no words for neuroatypicality and no acknowledgement that it exists. I am grateful that so many readers have identified Ty as a person with autism even though I never used that word —largely readers who have autism themselves or know someone with autism.

There is no one way that people with autism behave or feel or are. I can only say that Ty is loving and great and very much himself. Ty is based in part on my stepbrother, who has autism, and shares several traits with Ty, though not all of them. His name isn’t Ty, for instance. It’s Will. :)

cassandraclare:

Ty

After reading the COHF prologue excerpt, I have the sense that Ty has Asperger’s Syndrome. Can you confirm this? I think that would be really cool because I’ve also dealt with Asperger’s in my life (it being the worst when I was about Ty’s age) so seeing you create a character also going through that is really assuring, for lack of a better word. Thanks so much if you can answer! ➰ — malec-chat

Hi Cassie, I love your books and I cannot wait for COHF. You are an amazingly talented author on and I have fallen deeply in love with your writing. Unfortunately I shall have to wait a while for the book, but in the mean time I have been satisfying my shadowhunting needs with #TMItuesday. I have just read the new snippet from the prologue and was wondering if Ty was autistic. I have family who work with autistic children and in the snippet and noticed Ty was showing a few autistic traits, so I was wondering whether or not he was autistic? — letmeliveinbooks
Yes, Ty places on the autistic spectrum. I’m glad that that was picked up as it is a part of his character. My stepbrother is autistic (I know there is debate within the neuroatypical community as to whether to say “autistic” or “person with autism” so I try to go with what people want to call themselves) and it is partly through that relationship that I decided that I would like to write a neuroatypical hero. Ty has a loving and supportive family but certainly lives within a society that is intolerant of difference, and which has a specific poor relationship with neuroatypicality among its members. Ty is a favorite of mine and a big part of TDA. I wanted to make it clear that he was just as intelligent and skilled, and just as worthy and capable of love, respect and admiration as his neurotypical peers, when he is struggling and when he is not, and I hope you will like him.

Hi Cassie! I’m going to start out saying that your books are my all time favorite. I just finished City of Heavenly Fire today and I was wondering about Ty. Helen had said that he was special and i have seen the way he acts in CoHF and I was just wondering if he is autistic? It would make sense — my brother is autistic and as soon as I started to get to know Ty, I started to have that question. Will this be answered in later books or are these just small traits that you added to his personality? I have to say, so far he is my favorite of the Blackthorns :) I can’t wait to start reading your next book when it comes out next year! — 2be-still

I’ve been getting a ton of questions about Ty since CoHF came out, so I thought I would reblog this. I just wanted to add that absolutely TDA does address the issues of the Clave’s poor relationship with neuroatypicality — they don’t believe there is such a thing among Nephilim — and that is an issue for and regarding Ty — though so are many other things, like his personal relationships, both romantic and familial, and also his desire to be a detective, that are important, too.

cassandraclare:

After reading the COHF prologue excerpt, I have the sense that Ty has Asperger’s Syndrome. Can you confirm this? I think that would be really cool because I’ve also dealt with Asperger’s in my life (it being the worst when I was about Ty’s age) so seeing you create a character also going through that is really assuring, for lack of a better word. Thanks so much if you can answer! ➰ — malec-chat

Hi Cassie, I love your books and I cannot wait for COHF. You are an amazingly talented author on and I have fallen deeply in love with your writing. Unfortunately I shall have to wait a while for the book, but in the mean time I have been satisfying my shadowhunting needs with #TMItuesday. I have just read the new snippet from the prologue and was wondering if Ty was autistic. I have family who work with autistic children and in the snippet and noticed Ty was showing a few autistic traits, so I was wondering whether or not he was autistic? — letmeliveinbooks
Yes, Ty places on the autistic spectrum. I’m glad that that was picked up as it is a part of his character. My stepbrother is autistic (I know there is debate within the neuroatypical community as to whether to say “autistic” or “person with autism” so I try to go with what people want to call themselves) and it is partly through that relationship that I decided that I would like to write a neuroatypical hero. Ty has a loving and supportive family but certainly lives within a society that is intolerant of difference, and which has a specific poor relationship with neuroatypicality among its members. Ty is a favorite of mine and a big part of TDA. I wanted to make it clear that he was just as intelligent and skilled, and just as worthy and capable of love, respect and admiration as his neurotypical peers, when he is struggling and when he is not, and I hope you will like him.
Tiberius Blackthorn and colors number 12 :D My parabatai and I are huge fans of your art!
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aegisdea:

Why thank you! I give my love to you and your parabatai~ 

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I’m not sure if it’s the Older!Ty or the Younger!Ty you want me to draw- but I felt like drawing the Older!Ty, coz well, Older!Ty is drool-worthy. 

Ty!

Ty

After reading the COHF prologue excerpt, I have the sense that Ty has Asperger’s Syndrome. Can you confirm this? I think that would be really cool because I’ve also dealt with Asperger’s in my life (it being the worst when I was about Ty’s age) so seeing you create a character also going through that is really assuring, for lack of a better word. Thanks so much if you can answer! ➰ — malec-chat

Hi Cassie, I love your books and I cannot wait for COHF. You are an amazingly talented author on and I have fallen deeply in love with your writing. Unfortunately I shall have to wait a while for the book, but in the mean time I have been satisfying my shadowhunting needs with #TMItuesday. I have just read the new snippet from the prologue and was wondering if Ty was autistic. I have family who work with autistic children and in the snippet and noticed Ty was showing a few autistic traits, so I was wondering whether or not he was autistic? — letmeliveinbooks

Yes, Ty places on the autistic spectrum. I’m glad that that was picked up as it is a part of his character. My stepbrother is autistic (I know there is debate within the neuroatypical community as to whether to say “autistic” or “person with autism” so I try to go with what people want to call themselves) and it is partly through that relationship that I decided that I would like to write a neuroatypical hero. Ty has a loving and supportive family but certainly lives within a society that is intolerant of difference, and which has a specific poor relationship with neuroatypicality among its members. Ty is a favorite of mine and a big part of TDA. I wanted to make it clear that he was just as intelligent and skilled, and just as worthy and capable of love, respect and admiration as his neurotypical peers, when he is struggling and when he is not, and I hope you will like him.
So Cassandra Jean has finished the complete Shadowhunter Tarot, so for the next … seventy-something days I’ll be posting a card a day in order, from the first card to the last. Some will be under spoiler cuts; some you’ll have seen before — I’ll explain why each character has the card they have. 
Today is Tiberius, who is dear to my heart despite being a studious, lonely, prickly young man who really only gets along with his twin, Livvy. He and Julian have a fraught, complex relationship that’s been a lot of fun to develop. Ty takes the Hermit card, here the Genius, because while brilliant, he is solitary and somewhat divorced from the ordinary world.
You’ll see some of Ty in City of Heavenly Fire.
I spy the Codex in his pile of books there. :)

So Cassandra Jean has finished the complete Shadowhunter Tarot, so for the next … seventy-something days I’ll be posting a card a day in order, from the first card to the last. Some will be under spoiler cuts; some you’ll have seen before — I’ll explain why each character has the card they have. 

Today is Tiberius, who is dear to my heart despite being a studious, lonely, prickly young man who really only gets along with his twin, Livvy. He and Julian have a fraught, complex relationship that’s been a lot of fun to develop. Ty takes the Hermit card, here the Genius, because while brilliant, he is solitary and somewhat divorced from the ordinary world.

You’ll see some of Ty in City of Heavenly Fire.

I spy the Codex in his pile of books there. :)

Hi! I’m a huge fan of your books. Can you say more things about The Dark Artifices (it hasn’t came out yet but I already love it). 

— 1amy2

That is both extremely flattering and makes me feel like eek! The pressure! Okay, well, here are the twins. Livia and Tiberius — Livvy and Ty as part of Cassandra Jean’s Shadowhunter Tarot.

Almost all the Blackthorns have the same brown hair and blue-green eyes, but Ty doesn’t look like the rest of him. them has black hair and gray eyes. He’s fifteen and skinny and wants to be a detective. Specifically he wants to be Sherlock Holmes, though nobody else in the Shadowhunter world understand why. :) He’s brilliant and odd, and a few minutes younger than Livvy, who believes it’s her job to protect him, and in fact, protect her whole family, since she thinks they’re all a bit on the hapless dreamer/starry-eyed artist side. Livvy’s very practical. :)