Introducing Leon Pryce
From the streets of Montego Bay to the world comes a writer who is not afraid to express himself and let you know how he is feeling. Leon Pryce self-published his first poetry book titled Broken Wings as an experiment which turned out to be an astonishing success for a first timer because it out-sold his expectations. That experience has motivated him to wholeheartedly dedicate himself to another book project; a collection which will formally introduce him to the world as a poet with potential and power. A voice which cannot be suppressed, but will echo through the years to come. Immortalized Through Poetry encapsulates the personality of Leon Pryce and will give you the keys to unlocking this eccentric soul. He takes pleasure in offering you the parts of him which he is not ashamed of; that humble, innocent and modest youth who grew up in a small rural community in Jamaica.
Inspired by the circumstances of life which he and other youths like himself had to endure along with the harsh, antagonistic, concrete jungle environment he found himself in, Leon Pryce inked his conflicts on the page and therefore has managed to help others overcome similar challenges. He never started his journey as a poet or writer but Leon will tell you that if it weren`t for this medium then he would not have been who he is or where he is today. Surely you`d like to know more about this enigmatic character, therefore you need to read his poems in order to get to the threshold of his soul.
Interview – Book: Immortalized Through Poetry
Creative Talents Unleashed: Hi Leon Pryce, thank you for agreeing to this interview.
Leon: Thank you for allowing me this interview so that my readers can get to know a little more about me.
Creative Talents Unleashed: Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
Leon: I am currently living in the wonderful city of Montego Bay, Jamaica. I grew up in the care of my grandmother because my parents were not around for reasons unknown to me. Life for me was always a struggle, even today I am not truly happy because I’m always searching for the opportunity for a better life. My family was poor and because of poverty we were deprived of a lot of things because we could not afford it. For years I`ve been battling depression and trying to escape poverty. I am 35 years old and I love traveling and exploring the world even though I never really got the chance to go outside Montego Bay. My educational years stopped at high school but I was not successful. I love reading and researching stuff about which I don`t know. I am a very religious person because my grandmother brought me up in the church.
Creative Talents Unleashed: So when did you fall in love with poetry or writing in general, when did you decide this life was for you? Tell us a bit about that discovery process.
Leon: I wasn`t always a poet. Matter a fact I knew nothing of writing or expressing myself. After high school my family was disappointed with me because I didn`t do well. I took it really hard and started suffering from depression. I could not get a proper job because I did not have the academic qualifications to work in an office which was what my family wanted for me. That was the beginning of my journey into a cold, dark, miserable and lonely world. A good friend encouraged me to try changing my life by going to classes as he had done and so in my search for that class I met Denver Morgan, Mr. Morgan taught an English class and he was also a writer. While attending classes Mr. Morgan introduced me to writing as a method of expressing myself. I started writing essays and expressing my opinion about issues in life. It was during that period doing the English classes that my life changed and Mr. Morgan taught me the art of expressing myself through different writing methods and poetry was one of them; this had been my therapy for helping myself overcome the challenges of depression.
Creative Talents Unleashed: Why do you write, what is it that you’re trying to communicate through your work?
Leon: I write because I have a story to tell. I write because my story is someone else`s story. I write because I know somebody out there is hurting and I too was hurting to the point of death, I mean my suicidal attempts. I want to tell you that I understand what you`re going through because I’ve been through it too and there is hope. I write because I sympathize with that person who is depressed and feeling hopeless. There is a message in every piece of poem that I write because someone out there can relate to what I’m saying.
Creative Talents Unleashed: Where does your inspiration come from, what might inspire you at any moment to write a story or poem?
Leon: I`m so happy you asked this question because people asked me this question all the time. My inspiration comes from life. I wrote this quote some years ago,
“Each day writes its own sentence. These years are the paragraph and my life is a story not yet complete.”- Leon Pryce
Whenever I walk the streets I see people struggling just like I am, trying to find a way to survive: I see the homeless man, youths, children, and the elderly. Most of all I see the dreaded poverty. These are the things I have to write about. The issues of real life in front my eyes flow through my pen whenever I sat down to write a poem.
Creative Talents Unleashed: What was the hardest thing about writing your book?
Leon: One of the hardest things putting this book together was the mixed reactions from readers, especially about the title poem of which I got so many negative feedbacks from critics who thought I have no authority to write such poems like that.
Creative Talents Unleashed: What was the easiest thing about writing your book?
Leon: The easiest thing was putting the content in because I was so excited about the material and the message it transcends knowing I was putting my life out there in a book.
Creative Talents Unleashed: There are many authors who say that in the process of writing a book you learn things about yourself. Did you learn anything in your book writing process about yourself, if so what?
Leon: Writing is not just a process, it`s a lifestyle. You live what you write and your writing is what you are to your readers. I`ve learnt so much as a writer and most importantly writing has help me to know who I truly am.
Creative Talents Unleashed: What in your view is the role or responsibility of a writer or poet, if there is any?
Leon: From where I stand as a poet, I’d say the responsibility of a writer or poet is to represent the people who are not being seen. When you took up the pen and the notepad you are taking up a responsibility to be the voice of the silent ones. The pen gives you the power to transform the world and change the lives of many who don`t know how to make a change. It is up to you as the writer to be the hero or the villain in the story you are creating because your readers are looking to you to address their issues and speak the truth on their behalf.
Creative Talents Unleashed: What are your ambitions as a writer, where do you hope to see yourself in say 5 years?
Leon: My ambitions lies in the future of what will happen to my work when I resign this life on earth. This will be my legacy to the world and I don`t know if they will appreciate me or hate me for what I stood for. I`m a sick and dying man and I don`t know what will happen in the next five years because I don`t have the money to get the necessary medical help to live longer but if I’m still around then I hope to be publishing more books because there is more left in me.
Creative Talents Unleashed: Who is your favorite writer or poet? Perhaps you have a favorite quote from them that you would like to share.
Leon: My favorite quote is from Napoleon Hill who says, “Whatever the mind conceive, the mind can achieve.”
Creative Talents Unleashed: What advice would you give to aspiring writers who have dreams of publishing or making writing a career choice?
Leon: My advice to any writer out there is not to be afraid of writing and expressing yourself. You must know who you are and what you represent. Know the purpose or reason you are writing and who you are writing for or the audience you are sending your message to. Writing is not a career like journalism, writing is the life you live and the journey you take but there is no destination.
Excerpt from the book: Immortalized Through Poetry
A man who writes
Shall be immortal
Upon the pages of time
Because words read
Where they are preserved
Between the covers of the heart
© Leon Pryce
Preface . . .
You may ask, “Why the title Immortalized through Poetry?” but let me give you a little history and background about the author. I never started out writing poetry; I started out as a poverty stricken, uneducated youth with no direction in life. I was depressed, sometimes I still am, I had bottled up feelings that I never knew how to dispose of, until I was introduced to writing as a therapeutic antidote to a disease which would have ended my journey through life sooner than I could imagine.
Poetry gave me an avenue to better days when it seems no one cared about me, as you will read in “Broken Wings.” This book is my legacy to the world. This is my contribution to society. This is my life when there will be no more life for me to live, my spirit will reign within the rhymes and rhythms of these poems. I have no children to carry on my name or my DNA, therefore this book will be heir to the genes of a man who once existed on this planet.
You hold in your hands today a collection poetry that has been written by a man who`s only ambition is to write quality works that will surpass the boundaries of time. I once asked the question, “Why do I have to die before the world realizes that there was a poet named Leon Pryce who existed on this earth?” well that question was one of the reasons why this book was produced today. It is my wish to be immortalized in life, for my work to be known and to enjoy the benefits of the love from my readers while I am alive and well.
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