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Poetic Freedom by Frank Preston - Book Tour

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Creative Expressions Literary Services is pleased to announce the Virtual Book Tour for Poetic Freedom by Frank Preston. The reveal will run on November 20-26, 2017.

Author Name: Frank 'ThatGuy' Preston

Book Title: Poetic Freedom

Release Date: November 4, 2017

Genre: Urban Slam Poetry/YA/NA

Publisher: Phenomenal One Press

A raw, gritty, urban poetic expression with an exploration of choices we have to make at the crossroads of life. The thoughts are honest, harsh, but hopeful. A perception of the media that feeds us, the spirituality that we cling to, the expectations of the society we are a part of, and how a young man fights to decipher, decide and climb the path not easily traveled, but most strengthened.

~Excerpt from Poem THE TEST by Frank Preston
Pain and frustration the fuel for admiration
Admiring the world’s temptations till they become motivation
When the sensation of success is worn as a vest
They say he's blessed but that depends on the quest

Author Bio:
Frank 'ThatGuy' Preston, is an artist with a powerful  voice. His journey as a comedian, author and motivator didn't come easily and has lead him to have give back to the community by coaching kids, co-creating new sports, and sharing his growth through comedic videos, in person performances, his art and writing. He challenges the minds of his readers to see life through a different scope. As a speaker he explains the difficulties of life as a minority in a world that doesn’t accept him, and how anyone who is mistreated for their differences can overcome them to grow to be great. Frank positions himself as many other artist, writers, and speakers of today, but stands apart in his ability to speak the truth with no bounds.

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Author Interview
Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
I’ve been writing since a young age mostly for my own enjoyment to release my inner thoughts, make up funny stories to read to my friends, and to get my points across in a way that is free flowing and uninterrupted. I started digging into poetry around 18 yrs old mostly to vent my emotions, sometimes to connect with lovers, and other times to address my surroundings. As time grew I got better at it, and now Its almost second nature. Most people use these talents to make music but I feel my gifts go far beyond the praise and worship of sex, drugs, money, and alcohol. So I chose to dedicate my talents to a higher purpose.

What are your ambitions for your writing career?
I want to continue writing Poetry it’s my way of speaking freely to the public about things that need to be heard, in a way that captures the purity of my emotions, thoughts and feelings. In the future I see another Poetic freedom book being published, and at some point I’d like to get into public speaking.

What are you working on at the minute?
I am currently working on my second poetry book, working myself into a platform for public speaking, and a few other business ventures at the moment.

Are you a pantser, plotter, a little of both?
I like to plan as I go as most people do but my plans are based around moving parts that could change at any moment. As long as I have a goal in mind I stay fixed on that goal however I don’t have a problem addressing the change of my plans to just wing it.

Do you have any tech tools that help you with your output?
I mainly just use my phone for most of my writing since I usually always have it with me that makes it easy to capture my thoughts as they become pressing on my heart.
Do you put yourself on a schedule with a word or page count goal?
No honestly I just write to vent mostly I feel it helps capture my thoughts in their most raw form, putting myself on a schedule to write just seems too forced, makes it seem like a job and not a fun hobby.

Where do you do most of your writing?
I’ve written everywhere I longboard a lot so I have found myself in a wide variety of locations from subways, busses, to parking garages, beaches, on vacation, on a boat, anywhere I can just be alone to express myself.

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Never forget why you write, writing should be something that allows you to freely express yourself without fear. Writing is an art and to be good at it you don’t need anything more than a pen and words from your own mind, and nobody can take that away from you.
When did you decide to become a writer?
I have always been a writer it only became official when I decide to share my works with the world.
Do you write full-time or part-time?
Part Time

I always love hearing about an author's writing process so can you tell us about some bits of yours?
In the heat of any big event I face in my life I am left with decisions, thoughts, and possible actions. Sometimes I am at war with my thoughts between what I define to be right and wrong. To find clarity I write to clear my head and formulate my thoughts in a way that’s constructive and ultimately helps me find a conclusion. That is when I am at my best when I am in a new crossroad in my life that is when I capture my raw emotion and from there it becomes relief & resolution.

How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?
I have grown wiser, I have found ways to paint a picture with my words that hits home to not just me but many others who have similar walks in their journey through life.
What is the hardest thing about writing?
Editing mostly and trying to describe to the public things that in my head are seemingly quite clear, But I guess that’s where the art resides.

How long on average does it take you to write a book?
Well this one took 2 Years but I highly doubt it will take me that long to write another book.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years? In 10 years?
I see myself speaking to the public about my books, motivating youth all around the world. I see myself with a large platform of books filled with my thoughts wisdom and conquered battles through life impacting many readers.

What other genres do you write?
I haven’t stepped into any new ones yet but I do have an interest in writing some children’s books similar to how dr. sues has done his.

Did you do any research for the book? If so, how did you do it? (searching Internet, magazines, other books, etc.)
My research is my environment and the current events happening all around us.

What about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
This book doesn’t hold back It captures the raw emotions of a youthful minority in his environment, facing relational problems, death and loss, fighting temptations of drugs and alcohol, systematic oppression, and many other issues that people yearn to hear about but have seemingly been blinded by the mindless noise of everything going on around us.
Do you have a saying or motto for your life and/or as a writer?
Life is a journey of ups and downs, but I’m grateful to be alive for the ride with God by my side.

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