ABOUT Gordon Gravley

Gordon Gravley
Gordon Gravley has been making up stories all his life. As a child, they would take the shape of rudimentary comic books, and Super-8 movies. As he was drawn to stage-acting in high school his stories became one-act plays, and then feature-length screenplays - none of which ever saw the li More...



“Lucky” enough to be in the 2-percent of the nation immune to the Omega virus, journalist Aaron Garrett is given the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to enter the quarantined city of San Francisco. His assignment: Spend three days with the family of Samuel Elliot, the errant minister suspected of releasing the deadly contagion upon the Bay Area.

Aaron’s journey takes him into a city fractured to extremes, from idyllic neighborhoods clinging to hope, to war-zones fighting for survival. While everyone seems to know more about Samuel’s disappearance than they’re willing to say, one thing is certain—misery can no longer be the norm.

Together with the Elliot family, Aaron embarks on a mission to save someone, anyone, from a doomed existence.

I finished writing my first novel, Gospel for the Damned - about a journalist who spends three days within the quarantined city of San Francisco - a little over two years ago. I had developed it from a short story I wrote in 1994, almost thirty years before! The short story, A Little Reality Never Killed Anyone, is about a group of teens in some kind of dystopian world who play dangerous truth-or-dare games to conquer their fear of living day-to-day. It's not very good. I'm not just saying this to be humble or self-deprecating, it's really not good. (One magazine that rejected my submission wrote - and I'm paraphrasing, only slightly - "We're not interested in your story. We only publish good writing.") But, it was one of the first and few short stories I ever wrote, and I will always cherish it as one of the many, necessary steps I took in becoming a novelist. For the rest of the story, see my blog post "My First Book" at ggwritinglife.blogspot.com