Phineas Gage, After the Accident Years

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19th Century

Lisa Redfern

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Phineas Gage survived after his historic brain injury. His life didn't turn out how he imagined, but it was still full of adventure and discovery.


Adventure,Historical Fiction,Biographical

Short Summary

The story begins immediately after a thirteen-pound tamping iron has shot through Phineas's skull. The doctor's fingers are inside his brain pulling out bone fragments while Phineas is conscious and speaking.

In his mother's house in San Francisco, Phineas experiences several seizures. After his death, during the burial process, the family discovers evidence of his life in Chile.


New Hampshire, Chile, San Francisco

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Quest,Internal Journey/Rebirth,Voyage and Return

Plot - Other Elements

Meaningful Message,Other

Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Phineas Gage

Age: 30

Gender: Male

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Masculine,Adventurous,Aspiring,Aggressive,Charming,Sexy,Confident,Outspoken,Honorable,Insecure,Underdog,Unapologetic,Lone Wolf

Additional Character Details

Name: Phoebe Gage

Age: 25

Gender: Female

Role: Logical

Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Obedient,Complex,Confident,Blunt,Engaging,Faithful,Romantic,Heroic,Educated

Additional Character Details

Name: David Shattuck

Age: 34

Gender: Male

Role: skeptic

Key Traits: Adventurous,Masculine,Modest,Charming,Obedient,Complex,Religious,Faithful,Skillful,Educated,Unapologetic

Additional Character Details

The author has not yet written this

Development Pitch

A short film or series with a small cast. Phineas was a young man, not just a scientific curiosity that began the studies of neuroscience and psychology. Through first-person point-of-views, we follow Phineas, his sister Phoebe, and Phoebe’s husband David from the accident through the next twelve years of Phineas’s life where he worked with P.T. Barnum and boarded a ship bound for San Francisco during the gold rush. Along the way, Phineas met a man traveling to Chile to provide Concord Coach transport for tourists. Phineas decided to join his lot with the horsemen. Seven years later, when Phineas began having seizures, he completed the trip to San Francisco and moved in with his mother. He died shortly thereafter. The story moves to six years beyond Phineas’s death when David exhumes the body to collect the skull and tamping iron that are currently on display at Warren Anatomical Museum in Boston. Phases of Gage is a cross between Arctic and Hell on Wheels. Arctic shows scenes with a tamping iron like the one Phineas used on his track-laying job. After his brain injury, Phineas had to choose between surviving and living. Hell on Wheels, while occurring slightly after Phineas’s time provides good visuals for his railroad work and period setting. Living, after trauma, is its own journey.

About The Author

Lisa Redfern is the author of Phases of Gage: After the Accident Years, Haylee and the Traveler’s Stone, Haylee and the Last Traveler, and she’s the illustrator and publisher of Toby Bear and the Healing Light Lisa is interested in sustainable environmentalism and saving the sublime; civility, respect, trust, honor, culture, appreciation, etc. She’s also a book nerd and a philomath. She writes historical fiction and California paranormal suspense. She’s currently working on a Chinese railroad worker novel set on Donner Summit and a story-based blog and documentary project about her local watershed. Lisa is a small business owner, a professional photographer, and web designer. She has written grants, produced TV shows and YouTube videos, created marketing and promotion materials for authors, designed magazine adds, yearbook layouts, brochures, and business cards, filled in as a substitute teacher, and worked as a recycling educator. Lisa administers websites for Sierra Writers and the Sierra Writers Conference. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from CSU, Sacramento.

Target Audiences

Age: 13-17,18-34,35-54,55+

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Little Mountain Publishing

Year Published: 2017

Hard Copy Available