Wednesday, April 6, 2016

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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What first inspired you to write or who inspired you?

I honestly can say that life experiences at the time inspired a natural tendency for me to want to dig deep within to express some of my deepest thoughts.

At what age did you know you wanted to be a writer?

I would say my writing capabilities came about when I was nineteen. But I didn't fully embrace the art of writing until I was twenty three.

Do you take notes when reading or watching a movie?

By me being a script writer, when I do watch a movie my sites are more set on the formula in which the plot point and dialogue all coexist; that to me makes a great movie. So yes, in my mind I am constantly taking mental notes.

Has writing always been a passion for you or did you discover it years later?

It took for me to do some self-analysis of myself in my later teens, at which time I realized my passion for writing.

Can you name three writing tips to pass on to aspiring authors?

Believe in yourself, believe in your work, and never stop writing.

Do you let unimportant things get in the way of your writing?

I'm a very focused individual. So, no I do not let unimportant occurrences hinder me from my writing.

What hours do you write best?

My writing hours vary, but they are extensive. A typical writing session is normally nine to twelve hours.

How often do you write?

Seven days a week I am writing something, even if just editing one of my novels or movie scripts.

Are you an avid reader?

Yes, I am very much so an avid reader. I once read a sixteen hundred page dictionary.

What are you reading now?

This question coincides with your last question. (smile) I am now reading the dictionary, which I've been studying for the past few days to broaden my vernacular.

What are you currently working on?

I am now currently working on the novel to one of my movie scripts titled TRUE OBSESSION about a college teen in Texas who is sentenced to death for the killing of his stepsister. His appeal lawyer and investigator unearth some evidence that may set an innocent man free.

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