At the Wisconsin Writer’s Institute a few weeks back I had the pleasure of meeting Steven Salmon, a blog reader with Cerebral Palsy who has published three books, an impressive output not least of which because he writes using morse code.
He agreed to an interview and here are the responses:
NB: What made you decide to start writing?
SS: I became a writer to show people that a severe physically disabled person can be and are productive valuable members of society if given a chance to succeed. All of my life, I was told “you can’t” by disabled advocates. When I graduated from high school with honors, the government labeled me as “unemployable.” The government didn’t believe that I could work and wouldn’t help me go to college. For two years after I graduated from high school I stayed at home doing nothing watching TV and reading sports autobiographies. Living in isolation made me angry. Boredom ate at my heart. My dream was to attend college. I even contemplated committing suicide. But my mother put me through school herself. I vowed to be the best college student once I enrolled in college. My strong determination made me want to prove the government wrong. I used my anger to become a productive person: a writer and eventually an author.