1. Why did you start writing?
“Not to be cliché, but—why does one start existing?”
2. Where do you draw inspiration?
“Every day, we feel emotions that are different to what have been felt by anyone else in the world, and I try to use mine as much as I can.”
3. How did EROTECAY come about? When did you realize you had material for a poetry book?
“I’d been brave enough to write poetry since our first lockdown started. By 2021 I had a good bunch of publications going, and of course, many works were related thematically.”
4. How did Folktales for the Diseased Individual come about?
“Much differently than EROTECAY. I wrote all of it pretty much within a few days. I’d been talking with my therapist about wanting to write a memoir, to make something out of my experiences—but I’d also strongly felt that I wasn’t important or unique enough for a memoir, so, a CNF chapbook it was.”
5. What brought about Wrongdoing Magazine, and what is your vision for its future?
“I’d been thinking about putting a magazine together for at least ten years. I’d also secured a couple of journal editor positions a month prior, and I’d promptly decided it wasn’t enough.
I would really love to expand into a press, and I feel like we will at some point, but it all depends on time and resources.”
6. What got you into film?
“Growing up, I really wanted to be an actor. But it turns out I wanted to be a writer even more so.
And you’ll be able to catch Baby Fever, my feature which I wrote and co-directed, sometime soon, I’m sure. :)”
7. What do you hope people take away from your work?
“It’s like I was talking about earlier—it’s all about reaching emotions that have never before been felt. I think writing is about spreading those, helping people stretch out their souls, their emotional borders.”
8. What other project(s) do you hope to take on someday?
“A big dream has been to write for a TV show!”
9. What writing advice do you find totally useless?
“Stop fleshing out characters before you even put a finger to the real page.”
10. And finally, what do you enjoy doing that you don’t talk about enough. Tell me all about it!
“I love copyediting. I feel I’m really good at it, and I do it quite a lot for Wrongdoing, though you’ll never be able to tell when or how much.”
Hear Pascale read her prose "ice p(r)ick" via Micro. CW: implied assault/violence. The reading starts at 3:30.
Pascale is Editor-in-Chief of Wrongdoing Magazine. She was recently a finalist in The Conium Review's 2021 Innovative Short Fiction Contest. She is the author of EROTECAY (LUPERCALIA Press, 2021) and Folktales for the Diseased Individual (2021) and has placed work in Juked Magazine, Eclectica Magazine, Gingerbread House Magazine, and many others. She has a BAH from Queen’s University. Find her at pascalepotvin.com or @pascalepalaces (Twitter).
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