Growing up a troublemaker on the mean streets of Brooklyn may have left Kawand S. Crawford paralyzed from the chest down, but he didn't let that stop him from getting the most out of his time on Earth.
A motorcycle accident at the age of 20 left Mr. Crawford a quadriplegic. Since then, he has developed a new attitude on life and written several books to prove it.
The author of Love, Loyalty & Dangerous Games paid a visit to Stephanie's Stylon in Thomson for a book signing last week. He's hoping to inspire others through his semi-autobiographical work.
"Somebody suggested that I lived an interesting life. That's what caused me to write my first novel," he said.
Mr. Crawford doesn't let the fact that he can't hold a pen or use his fingers to type stop him from writing.
He uses a voice recognition program on the computer to dictate his work, and his stepfather Darnell James straps a pen to his hand and holds the book in place during signing events.
The books that Mr. Crawford has written mirror his life story. They feature the struggles of a Brooklyn gangster named Spanky who becomes paralyzed. His second book, Dangerous Games: No Love, No Loyalty, was released last year.
Prior to writing his books, Mr. Crawford graduated with an Associate's degree in business and a Bachelor's degree in Accounting from Medgar Evers College in New York. After graduating, he moved to Augusta to be with his family.
Mr. Crawford's work can be found at Stephanie's Stylon as well as Pam's Beauty Salon in Thomson and several locations in Augusta. The website pyramidmusicandmore.com also sells his novels.