Thursday, April 28, 2016

PUYB Chats with Charles Fantroy, 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.

Before you started writing your book, what kind of research did you do to prepare yourself?
  
Well, before I delved fully into the craft of writing poetry, I read the dictionary a lot so that I would better be able to articulate my words. So, that was about the extent of my research.

Did you pursue publishers or did you opt to self-pub?

 I was introduced to ‘JourStarr Publications through a mutual friend.

If self-published, how did you determine the price?

Yes I am happy with the purchase price. And extremely happy with the quality of the cover of the book as well as the sleek pages that the words are printed on.

If published by a publisher, what was your deciding factor in going with them?

 My deciding factors in being published by ‘JourStarr Publications were not only their professionalism, but also the scope in which they aim to steer the company.

If published by a publisher, are you happy with the price they chose?

 Yes I am happy with the purchase price. And extremely happy with the quality of the cover of the book as well as the sleek pages that the words are printed on.

Did you purposefully choose a distinct month to release your book? Why?

 I didn't plan to have the book released on the fourth of April, but that is a blessing considering it is my Mother’s Birthday. (3-17-16 eBook release)

How did you choose your cover?

The tremendous hands on effort on the part of ‘JourStarr Publications created the cover and the finished product I am surely proud of.

What are three of the most important things you believe an author should do before their book is released?

 (1) Have a clear and precise plan. (2) Critique manuscript numerous times before book goes to print. (3) Have a concrete outlet for the distribution and sell of your book.

What are three of the most important things you believe an author should do after their book is released?

 Marketing, marketing and more marketing.

What kind of pre-promotion did you do before the book came out?  

 Social Network, FB page.

Do you have a long term plan with your book?

 I would love to have MY LIFE: POETIC LITERATURE accessible to all of the at risk youth who are confined in Juvenile Correctional Institutions, Group Homes, as well as Shelter Homes throughout America.

What would you like to say to your readers and fans about your book? 

MY LIFE: POETIC LITERATURE speaks to the multitude of those who encounter hardship and encourages all to overcome the adversities that one faces. I thank everyone for the support.

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