My name is Fred Gordon, I’m a C5-C6 quadriplegic. I wrote an autobiography of my life called Still Looking Up. I wrote the book in hopes of inspiring any reader but especially people with spinal cord injury. In my years of being in a wheelchair I’ve heard horror stories of depression, not wanting to live and the hard times of adjusting to a new situation. I’ve been blessed to have not gone through any hard times with adjusting, and I want to give back to those that do. Not just SCI or wheelchair individuals but anybody that has gone through something that had the potential to stop their progression through life.
I try to give a picture of my life before the chair, so when they see my life after the chair they can see not much changed as I grew from a misguided teenager into manhood. I tried to tell my story as it happened, from going to jail, to losing the love of my life, to the initial accident, to getting saved and married. I put it all on the table, good and bad.
2. Why did you become an indie writer? It’s funny you asked that because I wasn’t sure what an indie writer was before this interview. I don’t know, when I used to get sick and had to go to the hospital, I would talk to the nurses and share my life with them, and a lot of them would say I should write a book. I heard that for years and then one day, a quiet voice said, you need to write that book. So I started writing. I didn’t have a real plan, I’ve been winging it for real.