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Friday Night Reads: George Sirois

This Friday I'll be hosting my fourth #FriNightReads starting at 7p MST on my author Facebook featuring fellow Missouri Writers Guild friend and creative master, George Sirois, with his scifi, Excelsior. Now, here's more from this week's featured indie author:

How did you first start writing?

I started writing out of necessity. I grew up as a child of the 80s, and therefore my television and movie diet was filled with larger-than-life stories and characters, most of which were put on the big or small screen to sell toys. I was hooked on them all (I still am), and I wanted to create my own characters that were inspired by them. They started out as very basic boxey sketches with a comic book written around them. However, as the years passed and I got older, the stories and the characters became much more complex and my limited artistic skills stayed the same, so something had to give. I shifted the medium from comic strips to prose with the occasional picture, and in time, the pictures just went by the wayside and those spiral notebooks I had in middle school and high school were filled with pages of text (instead of class notes).

Why do you love it?

I love writing because it is the one artistic venue where I don't have to rely on someone else to make the stories in my head a reality. Obviously, my wonderfully patient publisher and my equally wonderfully patient editors help me to refine those stories and make them palatable to the masses, but when I'm working on the story itself, it's just me and my computer and a blank screen. Nothing happens until I fill those pages with what's been in my head since grade school.

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