I'm honored to present my first interview with a very soulful writer by the name of
I find interviewing a writer is slightly different than interviewing a visual artist, nevertheless the creative drive behind a writer's work carries the equal thread of creativity and dynamism as any other artist, thus all art mediums finding a common thread or meeting point; and it's this common link or meeting point in which I found myself forming the questions for PJ's interview. I've admired the work of PJ Ryan for some years now: there is a raw, in-the-gut force to her words that is undeniable and makes you look within even if you don't want to, forcing you to see realities you've turned a blind eye to. It is an admirable thing to do - to write of truths one is too afraid to read or to admit to oneself. And she does so gracefully, with both compassion and force.
But not only does she write of these truths, she also graces the beauty of life and love creating a metaphorical bridge from the depths to the heights where these truths become palpable and relatable to the reader, thus making the reader feel worthy and special enough to believe in themselves as they pry deep within their dark corners.
Such a journey of introspection she takes us on while her voice remains ambiguous and indirect and yet you feel as if she is speaking directly to you, allowing you to fill in the spaces she leaves open in her written pieces for you to relate in your own way as she delivers powerful messages.
I leave you with these words of hers that reflect much of the inspiration she often writes of and which has become her signature way of reaching out to others:
Being imaginative and creative has always been who I am. I’m very spiritual and an intensely deep thinker. I began writing at aged 13 after suffering trauma/difficult experiences in life and also after my father was killed in a road accident. Initially, I used my writing as a coping method to empty my head. I soon discovered the gift I had. I didn’t need to ‘work’ too hard at writing, I was able to transport readers very quickly and shape emotion into words. I chose PJ Ryan as my pen name because it’s an homage to the three men in my life who were all instrumental in causing me the most pain/and or showing me the most love. My fathers first initials were PJ. The father of my first born son also had the same two initials. Coincidentally, he also died in a road accident. And the surname is of the man I married (though am now separated from). I will always treasure their passing presence in my life and my pen name is testimony to that.