George S Geisinger
What inspired you to write?
I’ve always been naturally creative, always trying to make something new with my own mind and with my fertile imagination. When I was young, I also wrote songs, but that effort has petered out in recent years. I’ve always had things to say to the world, except for a brief time when I was unable to speak nor write, because I was very ill.
Do you have anyone you show manuscripts to and get advice from or are you a loner doing it all yourself?
I show all my stories to my neighbor Gene Poole, an elderly lady here where I live in a retirement community near the beach. She’s very supportive and appreciative of my work. The support keeps me writing regularly. It’s kind of like a game, to keep ahead of her. She knows me very well, after all the work I’ve shared with her. Also, I have a hand full of friends with whom I share my work every now and again, over my email. I have a lot of supporters among my friends and family, too.
What genre do you normally write in? Also, is there a genre you’ve always wanted to write in, but don’t feel you could pull it off?
I’ve always written about my own life, so I guess I’ve been doing autobiography. I’ve made a beginning at writing fiction, but I’m not too certain of myself in that context. Making up a story out of my imagination makes it tough for me to keep track of what lie I’ve told when 🙂 I prefer truth. It’s easier to remember.
Do you ever base your characters on people you know?
Always. Sometimes, I make my characters based on more than one person per character. For instance, my character, Archie Lee Spangler, is the combination of a man I met where I live, by the name of Jim, and another man I was friends with years ago, by the name of Dan. The choices of names for my fictional family, in Warrior’s Legacy, where Archie Lee Spangler lives, is a complex combination of several of my personal family names and relationships. I happen to be my family’s historian, and I fashion my characters after my ancestors, although the characters are not exactly alike. It makes the names easier to remember, though.
What advice would you give to someone who was just starting off in writing?
Don’t try to please everybody. Learn to speak your own heart, and speak it well. Be a stickler for saying exactly what goes on in your own mind, and don’t try to hurry it thru. When you are genuine, it doesn’t matter whether you’re popular or not. With the publication industry changing as much as it is, it’s the maverick who is going to be remembered and revered, not the conformist. Your job is to be the best you that you can be. Once you’ve accomplished that, people can’t help but notice you.
Do your stories tend to have morals, or special messages, included within them?
My message is complex, and I’m not certain I can be brief in describing it here. It’s basically that there is a God, and we’re not it. There is a drug culture in this world, and it is very dangerous and very destructive of the human spirit. Everyone has some sort of problem with their thinking, and all that any of us can do is to try to be the best possible person we can be, at any given moment. That is a tall order for everyone, including the mentally ill, both with and without a diagnosis. Everyone has some mental illness, or mental deficiency, and it is not for others to sit in judgment of those who have the courage to speak of their strengths and deficiencies openly. Those who judge, will be judged.
This question was posed by a fellow author and I loved it so much I decided to throw it into the mix ~ Oh no! One of your characters has escaped. Luckily, I have caught them! I will interrogate them with the help of a lie detector. Welcome!Take a seat, make yourself comfortable. You will be returning to your book once this is over. What’s your name, where are you from and what is your role in the book?
Hi, my name is Stanley Hockenschmidt, and I am a recurring figure in many of George Geisinger’s stories, including a couple of anthologies of his short stories. You will notice that I have an English first name, and a German last name. This is because I’m a truly American character. Only in America do we get such varieties of ethnicity. I’m kind of an alter-ego for George, to help him talk about the various things that have gone on in his very unusual life and in his seemingly unreal reality. I help George speak what he has to say.
Tell us why we would enjoy reading your books?
To me, writing is a way of life. I do my best to give ongoing statements of what makes my world unique and enjoyable company for others to visit. Visitation in my world is a very important thing to me. If you enter into my world, I consider it my responsibility to entertain you properly. I even consider it an art to practice good visitation skills with others. My work is a labor of love to me, and I really feel a sense of responsibility to bring the best writing to the world which I can possibly muster, whether I’m writing about personal issues or writing about a fictional concept. I strive to be an entertainer.
Links for books and/or sites
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0082XK06Q (Mental Health Chronicles)
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0082ZYREK (Warrior’s Legacy)