Interview with Charles Leon Fantroy, JR., author of My Life: Poetic Literature
Charles Leon Fantroy Jr. was born and raised in Washington D.C. His journey through the trenches of a Federal Penitentiary started at seventeen years old. He honed and practiced his writing skills during his years of incarceration behind the four walls of Leavenworth, as a way to express himself. Now at the conscious age of thirty six, he has finally perfected his true passion, which is to share his rhythmical array of completed poems, fictional novels, as well as full length movie scripts. He has continued to educate himself in completing eighteen months at Stratford University as a certified internet specialist. Charles Leon Fantroy Jr. is soon to be released from prison where he looks to delve into a bright future of continuing to write quality novels and movie scripts as well as being a positive influence to society.
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About the Book:
MY LIFE: POETIC LITERATURE is a compilation which derives from my many thoughts over a span of thirteen years.
My poetic words speak to the multitude of those who encounter hardship and encourage all to overcome the adversities that one faces. I aim to have my words reverberate from a mental realm; because if a particular plight cannot be handled mentally, than the physicalities are but a hindrance.
The mind is the maker and the molder of all conditions.The thoughts that I’ve transcribed onto paper are channeled to positively engage and to motivate all; no matter nationality or creed. I myself am a voice with an abundance of thoughts to share.
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- My Life: Poetic Literature is available at Amazon.
Q: Thank you so much for this interview, Charles. Can you tell us where you are from?
I was born and raised in Washington D.C.
Q: How did you come up with your title?
MY LIFE: POETIC LITERATURE is basically a testament to my life brought forth in a way that I hope all can relate to in some way, shape, form or fashion.
Q: They say you can judge a book by its cover. Can you tell us a little about your cover and who designed it?
I’ve traveled along an arduous journey and I believe the cover of my book with the footprints in the snow speaks to all who have overcome trials and tribulations. As a symbol that, no matter how long the journey, no matter the weather, you can still arrive at your destination. The cover of the book was brought to reality by the graphic designers at ‘JourStarr Publications.
Q: Can you tell us something about your book that would make me run out and buy it?
Every last word comes from a place in my heart that has never been shared. Coming from a once lost teen with no direction, to a man of consciousness, MY LIFE: POETIC LITERATURE is a must read.
Q: Are there any messages in this book that you want the reader to know about?
The core message is that no matter what one goes through, to remain persistent in your endeavors and to know that behind every dark cloud for surely there is a brighter day.
Q: What was your most favorite chapter to write and why?
The poems that I’ve written all have meaning, so I don’t have a favorite, but LORD SHED SO MANY TEARS and WHEN WILL I CRY are truly two poems that reflect my state of mind at the time they were created.
Q: Why did you feel you had to write this book?
This book is truly MY LIFE interpreted in a relatable context. And to not express those words to the masses I believe would be a hindrance for someone who is plagued by a hardship.
Q: Now, some fun questions – What deep dark secret would you like to share with us?
I have been incarcerated since I was seventeen years old; I am now thirty six.
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
I would say Egypt to be able to explore the many ancient artifacts.
Q: Are you a morning person or a night person?
I would say that I’m a morning person as well as a night person.
Q: Are there any members in your family who also like to write?
No one else in my family writes. But I will say that my family is very creative.
Q: As a child, were you a dreamer?
Yes, I was a dreamer as a child, very much so. But as a adolescent I deviated from being a young dreamer, to traveling along a detrimental path, regrettably so.
Q: Last but not least, the magic genie has granted you one wish. What would that be?
To reach out to the thousands and thousands of at risk youth. I was once a out of control youth, so with my one wish I would instill into them a purpose, because as a youth, many lack direction. The youth are our future, so we must take a personal interest in their development. So therefore that would be my one wish.
Q: Thank you so much for this interview! Do you have any final words?
I would like to thank Literarily Speaking for giving me the opportunity to showcase my latest book MY LIFE: POETIC LITERATURE. I also would like to thank those who have supported me, and I look forward to reading your comments on my web page (www.thenoblewon.com)