Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.
Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?
My name is George Geisinger and I’m a geezer.
Fiona: Where are you from?
Everywhere and nowhere, knowing the most about the Baltimore area. I’m Heinz 57 American.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I hold an Associates Degree in psychology. I’ve been a musician, a craftsman and a hack. Principally a singer, I was active in music in my youth. Crocheting and leather craft took up some of my time, where I got paid for driving this and that, now and then. I survived on serendipity mostly. There’s no substitute for medical insurance.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I’ve been developing a tangible marketing plan for my work. It’s a secret at the moment, because I think I need to have it that way.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
Did some journaling when I was a kid, just so I didn’t keep things bottled up.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
My only job as a writer was voluntary, where I was a staff writer for a hospital newsletter, but I was always a writer. Also being included on an administrative board of a hospital, I think back on it and imagine I had more political power at that hospital, than I gave myself credit for, at the time. When taking a creative writing course at a local college later, I took on a bit of freelance writing. A local newspaper published a poem of mine and I think it’s the only time I got paid for writing. I have other publication credits.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Being mute for a six months after suffering an accidental overdose on some crucial meds I absolutely had to have, I had the experience of having language come back on me like a flood, all of a sudden. After I decided to buy a laptop, I was encouraged to think in terms of book-length works by a friend who was reading all my work. I was encouraged to write as much as possible, which amounted to an all day, everyday project. I love it. Writing is the center of my life now.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
The title was the thrust of the book. Memoirs of a Flower Child.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I write stream of consciousness work in the memoir style, to draw as much authenticity to the work as possible. I’m trying to make my own specific time period in history palpable to the reader. What’s challenging is to dream while wide awake, focusing on my own day and time, I mean my own youth. This may seem rudimentary, but I’m summoning thoughts from my subliminal mind – my subconscious, focused well enough I can take dictation, so to speak.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I do my best to evoke the day and time of the flower child, defining and personifying who we were and making it clear and apparent why the flower children are not spoken of or present in our society anymore.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
I’ve done a lot of tripping back when it was the thing to do. My geographic experience has been relatively limited, considering some, but I’ve gotten a feel for what this life is, in the places where I’ve been. The truth has impressed itself upon me, which will suffice for being traveled.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
My publisher handles that.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I have devoted my work to the life, times and ideology of the silent flower children. We were the idealists, artists, craftsmen and dreamers of the 1960s. We are the ones who were caught up in forces stronger than we could exert control over. Many of us did not survive the struggle.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?
There are many excellent authors I’ve read. I like Douglas Adams’ work, with his activity in random association and Carlos Casteneda, who blazes new territory. Pablo Neruda is a giant among poets. I’ve mostly read classics for discipline and further education.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
The late Gene Pool, a faithful reader of much of my work, who encouraged me to write regularly.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Yes, as valid as any.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
It resolves nothing to second guess yourself.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
There’s always more to be said on familiar subjects.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
It’s impossible to edit a blank page. Don’t be afraid to address the human condition from your perspective. It’s not that the reader will necessarily learn anything about the author, but about himself.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
The text itself tells the reader what I want to say to him. I have a picture frame reality, a snapshot reality. I envision the moment in sequence, like running water. Remembering is hard for me.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I suffered a stroke and can no longer read. I miss it.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
I read as a child, but it was long ago.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Being taken by surprise makes me laugh. I rarely cry.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
I’ve met Tom Clancy and Maya Angeloo, and they were both great inspirations. I’ve never met anyone quite so articulate as either one of them. I’d like to meet Clint Eastwood.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Used to crochet and do leather craft, but it’s been awhile. I have arthritis.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I live with it off.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Music is annoying. There is a book there.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?