JULY 2015: In December 2014, Steven included the following with his Christmas message to friends and family: "I owe Mom my life! There isn't anything that I can do to pay her for what she has done for me except keep writing." His mother - Mary Salmon - devoted 47 years of her life to caring for Steven. Sadly, she passed away on Saturday, July 11, 2015, at age 74.
JUNE 2016: Just under a year ago, Steven was mourning the untimely death of his mother, but what a difference a year can make! Steve has been oh-so-very busy in recent months, writing, guest lecturing in English classes "up north," writing, attending the annual Writers' Conference at UW, writing, coping with his new life, writing and rewriting. All work and no play, however, would make for some mighty dull prose and poetry, so he's factored in some fun, too. Here are photos of Steve and a good friend enjoying The World's Biggest Brat Fest in Madison last weekend.
September 2015 - Steven & his cat Lindy spend many hours working (Steve) and sleeping or guarding the TV remote control (Lindy) near a large window that allows both opportunities to watch birds, squirrels and neighbors walking their dogs.
Rest in Peace, Mary Salmon
June 2015: Click the link below to read an article Steve wrote for The Shepherd Express:
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Until further notice, Buddy Why, The Unusual Writer, and The Cat's Tail will be out of print. Steve apologizes for the inconvenience, but new editions are pending.
Follow this LINK to read an article about Steve by
Mary Ellen Bell that appeared
in the Isthmus:
A huge THANKS to Dean Robbins & Continuing Studies @ UW-Madison for
writing about Steve's journey with
the Writer's Institute and for producing
this wonderful video:
Please click the link above to see read the story & see the video.
MORE SUMMER 2016 FUN
LATE AUGUST 2015
So much has been happening in Steven's life
- both personally and professionally -
within the past two months.
Steven and his cat, Lindy, have recently moved
and settled into a new home adjacent to a park. While Steve works at his computer each day, Lindy keeps a watchful eye on him from
her cat tree nearby.
Steven's books are currently unavailable;
but please stay tuned and check back.
He is revising previous editions
as well as working on totally new books.Steve was among the authors to receive recognition for success at the annual writers' conference in Madison, WI on March 27.
Steve Salmon, published author with severe Cerebral Palsy shares his story of overcoming challenges to write about the physically
disabled and serves as a voice for many who
often do not have a voice.
DATELINE: June 20, 2013 - An excerpt from Steve's novel The Silent Witness has been posted on The Cambridge Review web site. Follow this link to access the review:
For more information about Steven,
please click the underlined links below:
Steven using Morse Code [1 minute]
Steven discusses effects of budget cuts
on people with disabilities [2 minutes]
Steven is interviewed by Carlene Wild
for NBC-15 News [5 minutes]
Steven using his old voice recognition software [51 seconds]
Steve taught himself Morse Code and now uses it to type rather than the voice-activated system he previously used. Steve is shown in the first photo below wearing the headset he used with his old voice-recognition system. The second photo shows the buttons he now taps at either side of his head to use Morse Code. Using Morse Code is much faster!
“Not being able to speak is not the same as not having anything to say.” ~ Steven B. Salmon
DATELINE: September 28, 2013 - Steve has a new kitty. Her name is Lindy. Steve adopted Lindy at Shelter from the Storm, an all breed dog and
cat rescue located in the Madison, WI area.
The picture of Lindy below was taken shortly after Steven and his mother adopted her in 2013. From the top of the refrigerator Lindy had the perfect vantage point for watching over the kitchen.
From the top of the entertainment center
in the living room she could watch Steve work.
Steve attended the annual Writers' Conference
at The Concourse Hotel in Madison, WI April 4th & 5th.
He met with his current agent, attended many interesting lectures, and pitched his newest manuscript.
While at the conference,
Steve had the pleasure of meeting Nathan Bransford,
speaker, blogger and author of How to Write a Novel,
Jacob Wonderbar and the Cosmic Space Kapow,
Jacob Wonderbar for President of the Universe, and
Jacob Wonderbar and the Interstellar Time Warp.
Check out this interview that Nathan did with Steve
and posted to his blog April 17, 2014:
Thank you, Nathan!
UPDATE August 2015: Steve's YA manuscript is now being pitched to publishers.