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Richard Pryor, Jr Announces the Publication of IN A PRYOR LIFE: Richard, Jr.’s self-proclaimed “Freakish Life” paralleled his famous father’s and namesake in many ways. A Peoria whorehouse, abuse, alcohol and drug addition, as well as frequent bad decisions. However, he survived. And that’s what his book is about, a real-life story of overwhelming obstacles, surviving, and thriving.
SD: Why is this the right time to tell your story?
RP: I am at a place in my life where I know who I am as a person and I know the things that I have gone through and recognize why I went through them. It’s time that I share things, as I see people going through the same things as myself. So many now are suffering from mental illness, abuse, and addiction, I want to be a voice for those who are suffering as I have suffered. No matter what kind of darkness that you are going through, there is a way out of it and there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
SD: Revealing so many intimate details about yourself in the book, did you find the writing process therapeutic?
RP: Oh my gosh, it was! Also, at times, it was a little scary. A lot of times when you start speaking of certain things you start remembering the details of those forgotten stories. Having to go through those long-buried emotions was difficult, but it was also liberating. During the writing process, there was some pain as I was reliving certain memories. For me, it was like unpacking bricks from my luggage to make it lighter.
SD: Did you feel any pressure to live up to your famous dad?
RP: I did when I was younger. As I got older, being more secure in the person that I was becoming helped a lot. There were times in my life it was a burden, but I am who I am, and I have learned to deal with it.
SD: Was it difficult to balance your regular life with your mom and then a world of fame with your dad?
RP: No, I never found it difficult because it was normal for me to live that way. It was like this is the way things are and I never really had to adjust to anything. My mom made sure that I had a somewhat normal childhood. I was able to fit into any situation no matter who’s house I was at.
SD: What would you dad think of “In A Pryor Life?”
RP: He would definitely enjoy it and respect it. He would love it because it is my truth and he always encourage me to be truthful and be the best version of yourself.
In a Pryor Life was released for sale on April 8, 2019
For more information about Richard and to purchase his new book, “In A Pryor Life” visit, www.inapryorlife.com