JoeyPinkney.com Exclusive Interview
5 Minutes, 5 Questions With…
N.S. Ugezene, author of Shaun Pascal
Shaun Pascal is a journey through the world of a character seeking to change his environment. Shaun Pascal is someone who has talent but doesn’t know where to apply the talent. This is mainly because of his fear of failing.
Love is something that soothes him. Although the pursuit of love caused damage, Shaun Pascal is determined to find the one. He finds the love he is searching for when he meets Toantahnae. Now, he can focus on the other aspects of his life so that he can find the right direction.
Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the idea and inspiration to write Shaun Pascal?
N.S. Ugezene: Urban fiction needed more abstract nature and realism. You can’t get that by crafting stories about drugs and money. If you look at my Lulu version of Shaun Pascal, you will see money on the cover. But the novel is much deeper than that. For me, it’s about making something concrete that goes against the grain.
JP: What sets Shaun Pascal apart from other novels in its genre?
NS: I dig from the depths of my thoughts and emotions and don’t go for impact. I am no hater, but I don’t care to read stories that are focused on generating impact. When I am sitting there reading and I feel I have to stop to think of the body count or who is buying or smoking crack, it is either annoying or just not creative in my mind.
Honestly, you can monitor those things by listening to rap. You can hear or see these things in your neighborhood. I seek to go past that because of the people who are trying to get out of their awkward situation. So many different things add up to struggling. The truth is that most people aren’t interested in continuing to struggle. Maybe, if it is for a cause, but it’s never been easy to fight for a cause. So, see me as the underdog fighting for transition and doing things differently. That is what my work exemplifies.
JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that lead to Shaun Pascal getting out to the public?
NS: I wasn’t willing to let my work not get published, somehow, some way. Back in 2005, I actually put together the manuscript for a title to be known as Pascal’s Life. That idea just never caught on. I was shopping it, and rejection is what it faced. Then I thought to myself, “Hey, I believe this Pascal’s character is capable of reaching out to readers.”
Sounds funny, but I really felt like I could bring something different to the table with the Shaun Pascal’s character. I reworked the idea. I changed almost all sequences and added lyrics to express Pascal’s thoughts. Since I am an expressionist, I do feel lyrics are vital to expressing thoughts and feelings. I never think it’s a bad thing.
JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take for you to start and finish Shaun Pascal?
NS: I always use a point-by-point outline for my work. I jot down general ideas and then put the meat around the ideas as I go. Technically, this was a work years in the making. When I reworked Shaun Pascal, start to finish, it took just under nine months.
JP: What’s next for N.S. Ugezene?
NS: Shaun Pascal is “The Future” like Diddy says on Press Play. I am contemplating outside of what readers may speculate. I am going to make sure what I do next with Shaun Pascal is at a different angle. It may not make sense to people, but it’ll be something refreshing. I always have to try to get outside of the box.
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