INTERVIEW: David Barr Kirtley, author of “Save Me Plz”

David Barr Kirtley, author of “Save Me Plz,” discusses the background of his story in this interview featured on SF Signal:

What was the spark for “Save Me Plz”?

When I was in grad school in Los Angeles, I met a woman who told me that her boyfriend was so addicted to World of Warcraft that she’d been forced to start playing the game too, because the only way that she could interact with him anymore and be part of his life was to appear as a character in the game world. She sounded so sad, and it really stuck with me. Later I found a website called gamerwidow.com, where women commiserated with each other about having partners who were addicted to World of Warcraft. I read through many of those stories, and many of them were harrowing. That inspired me to write a story about a young woman whose boyfriend has literally disappeared into a game world, and ultimately she gets trapped in it as well.

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