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There is only joy for Hunter writer Jordan Lowe following the launch of his debut graphic novel, Sorrow and Joy.

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.

The series, 10 years in the making, was inspired by fellow anime author Hideo Kojima and Lowe’s early introduction to storytelling by his mum.

“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 The Hobbit to me,” Lowe said.

He dedicated the completion of volume one to his mum, adding, “She’s my main inspiration and my biggest fan, and my hardest critic.”

The 24-year-old has shown that disability is no barrier to success.

As an author with high-functioning autism, sharing his story was no easy feat.

Lowe’s National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provider, Castle Personnel, and his ability coach, Emma Upton, supported his journey to becoming a published author.

Together, they helped him find a publisher and set up the official website where Lowe has already sold his first copy to an international buyer.

Humble about his achievement, Lowe encouraged anyone with a dream to become a writer to give it a go.

“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.

You can order your copy of Sorrow and Joy at jordanlowe.australianauthors.store

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