Excelsior Journeys with George Sirois

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Transformers, G.I.Joe, Dungeons & Dragons Writer Flint Dille

Host and producer George Sirois sits down with the literal author of his childhood, Flint Dille, in this very special feature-length episode. Flint shares so many great stories about how he broke into the world of animation, writing for the Mr. T animated series, working on Dungeons & Dragons, acting as story editor for G.I. Joe, writing the later drafts of Transformers: The Movie, and so much more! After listening to this episode, please get Flint's memoir The Gamesmaster, which tells his story in much greater detail and is an amazing read.

Author & Founder of Metamorphosis Literary Agency Stephanie Hansen

Host & producer George Sirois sits down this week with Stephanie Hansen, founder of Metamorphosis Literary Agency. During their conversation, they talk about how Stephanie took a chance on herself to get into the literary world, learning how to become an agent, founding her own agency, bringing in other agents, and also about how Stephanie took another chance on herself by writing her own series of novellas. 

Author, Screenwriter, Producer, Teacher Joel Eisenberg

Host and producer George Sirois sat down for a terrific conversation with author, screenwriter, producer, public speaker, and teacher Joel Eisenberg. Enjoy their chat about how Joel fell in love with the movies with the help of Forrest Ackerman's Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine, his early fan-fiction that led to his first original works, his success with networking that led to his first published book, his constant looking out for other up-and-coming writers, and much more! Expect quite a bit of name-dropping from both. 

Performer, Musician, and Instructor Kim Hawkey

Kim Hawkey is one of the reasons why this show exists in the first place. Her talent caught the attention of host & producer George Sirois while they were working together at Top of the Rock Observation Deck, and years later he knew people like Kim needed to share their story. The two get to reminisce about their time at Rockefeller Plaza, how Kim became an award-winning singer, founded the band The Swingaroos, created the upcoming Variety Show Lab, and more!

Actor, Dancer, and Tesla & Clean Technica Representative David Havasi

This week, host & producer George Sirois sits down with longtime friend David Havasi, who shares his story about how his decades of dance and musical theatre culminated in performing in national tours of The Producers and Spamalot, before he transitioned into being a proud representative of Tesla Motor Company and Clean Technica. 

Season 2 Premiere: Writers of 411Mania Tribute to Larry Csonka & Chris Hyatte

Thirteen different writers from the independent pop culture website 411Mania join host & producer (and fellow 411Mania alum) George Sirois to discuss some of their favorite memories from writing for the site, reveal what they've gone on to do because of their time as a 411Mania writer, and pay tribute to their late colleagues, Larry Csonka and Chris Hyatte.

Smashwords CEO Mark Coker

In this very special episode of Excelsior Journeys, host and producer George Sirois sat down with Mark Coker, founder and CEO of Smashwords, one of the most valuable tools any independent author would ever need to get their books out in the widest distribution possible. They talked about Mark's thoughts on the book publishing industry, his inspiration for Smashwords, his success working with authors, his plans for the company's future, and more!

(This was meant to be a two-parter, but since life has a way of getting in the way, I missed last week's post date and so here are Parts 1 & 2 combined.)

Author & Armed Services Veteran April Wood

During a very busy weekend at PennedCon 2019, host and producer George Sirois sat down with fellow author and armed services veteran April Wood. We discussed how writing has always been a part of her life, how she has been able to produce so much work in such a limited amount of time, and more! (Apologies for the audio quality, it was a very busy night at the restaurant)

Author & Illustrator Jennifer Stolzer and Author Jessica Mathews

Collaboration is a great benefit to being part of a writing community and fellow St. Louis Writers Guild members Jennifer Stolzer and Jessica Mathews have experienced that several times already by teaming up on various children's book projects. Host and producer George Sirois had some time at Penned Con 2019 to talk about how each one got into writing, how they got involved with the SLWG, how they decided to team up, and more!

Bestselling & Award-Winning Author Eric Asher

Host and producer George Sirois took some time to sit down with bestselling and award-winning author Eric Asher about his successful transition from working a full-time job with writing on the side to being a writer full-time, achieving a dream so many want to come true for them. They also discussed Eric's journey as an author, getting his books into Audible as audiobooks, and more!

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