An interview with Candice Louisa Daquin.

Hello everyone, I am very excited today to welcome Candice Louisa Daquin from the amazing The Feathered Sleep.

Firstly let me tell you a about Candice.

Candice Louisa Daquin is of Sephardi French/Egyptian descent. Born in Europe, she work in publishing for The American Embassy and Chamber of Commerce. Before immigrating to the American South West to study and become a Psychotherapist, where she has continued writing and editing whilst practicing as a therapist. Daquin has worked at Jewish Community Centers and Rape Crisis Centers both in Texas and Ontario Canada. Her area of specialization is adults sexually abused as children. Prior to publishing her own poetry collections she regularly wrote for the poetry periodical Rattle and The Northern Poetry Review. Daquin is currently Senior Editor at Indie Blu(e) Publishing, a feminist micro-press. 

Daquin’s poetic work takes its form from the confessional women poets of the 19th and 20th century as well as queer authors writing from the 1950’s onward. Her career(s) teaching critical thinking and practicing as a psychotherapist have heavily influenced her work, with explored key themes including, sexual-dysfunction, sexual-abuse, parental-relationships, mental illness and queer-identity. Daquin’s work is also significantly imprinted by Audre Lorde, Françoise Sagan, Angela Carter, activist Egyptian physician Nawal El Saadawi, Navdanya seed bank creator/campaigner Vandana Shiva, Pablo Neruda, Israeli PM Golda Mier, Toni Morrison and feminist philosophers bell hooks, Hélène Cixous and Luce Irigaray.

As a queer woman of mixed parentage and passionate feminist beliefs concerning equality, Daquin’s poetry is her body of evidence. 

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Welcome Candice I am delighted that we have this chance to chat. I want to introduce you to my friends and followers because for a while now I have been drawn in by your marvelous work.

Tell us Candice what has bought you to were you are today, eg: shaped the person you are and made so strong?

I’m not strong. I just survive. I actually think I’m probably too sensitive. I wasn’t shaped by much other than my struggles which might sound negative but I’m a very positive person despite this. I have had too many struggles and I do wish I hadn’t but I know many others who have had worse.

I think you are a very strong woman Candice and I admire how you work so hard to help others. Who and what have been your influences?

I haven’t been influenced by very much. I grew up with very talented family and that influenced me but since then not so much. I suppose being very educated has helped me although I like to learn out of school more. I’m influenced by literature probably the most and psychology and science. I’m a huge science geek and quite an academic despite hating school I love research and learning. 

Can you say why you write, what moves you to take up the pen or keyboard?


Honestly I question that a lot. I prefer helping others publish than writing. I have never found writing therapeutic. I mostly do it because I keep involved with other writers. I have been told I’m a good writer but I don’t tend to think I am because I come from a very talented family who were very brilliant and I know what brilliant is and I’m not. I am always interested in how people form self confidence or believe in themselves or have egos as I have none. I tend to see people and life for what it really is and not kid myself. A lot of people seem to have over inflated egos. I like supporting those who don’t have faith in themselves and who need support because I know I’m good at that because I compensate for not having had that myself. I know it can make someone’s life so much better. I do love to read and I read as much as my work schedule allows. I cannot imagine not reading and recently getting a diagnosis of macular degeneration when I’m not even middle aged, really scared me and made me wonder if I would be blind and unable to read. People say things like: Oh well you can learn braille but I think we all fear losing our sight and it wasn’t something I was expecting at my age and along with my other physical illnesses it’s a bit of a downer, but I try to be positive and hopeful. I’m not a fan of social media which I know is a handicap but I really find social media exhausting emotionally. I would be glad to never go on it. But that said, some of the best people I have met have been via social media. I prefer face to face and old fashioned ways of doing things ideally. 

I am not a huge fan of social media either I am never confident in that setting. You say you lack self confidence but come from a very talented family, were they and are they supportive to of you. I would love to discuss this more with you in our next interview. For now let’s talk about your writing and your books.

I’m most proud of the editorial positions and concepts I’ve been involved in. I loved working on ‘We Will Not Be Silenced’. In Europe I worked in publishing then I went into Psychotherapy now I do both. I work too much. I love working helping others especially with disenfranchized subjects and people like sexual assault, metoo, racism, sexism, homophobia. I loved SMITTEN as it was for the lesbian community which I am part of. The Kali Project was about indian women and their struggles, it was a huge beast of a book and very hard work but so worthy. Both SMITTEN and Kali won Finalist in the National Indie Excellence Awards. I was so happy for the hard work we put in and those of the writers and artists. We also work on stand-alone author books. I was the editor of Devika Mathur’s book Crimson Skins and I’m working on Zinia Mitra’s first collection now. I love helping artists and authors flourish. 


Can we now discuss Indie Blu(e) and Through The Looking Glass.

This was Christine Ray’s idea and at first I wasn’t sure if it was going to work because I worried it would be too depressing. But it really has succeeded in large part because Christine rarely has a bad idea. I got really into it and began to invite people I knew to submit and it took off, we’re all so happy to be a voice for mental illness, especially as most of us have had the experience of being stigmatized. It shocks me that people are still stigmatized. Indie Blu(e) really is the best company to work for, now that I am part of the upper management I see our hard work really evidenced in the community. Our goal was never profit, but helping those disenfranchised voices have a platform. I’m so grateful to Christine and Kindra for taking me on. I have given a lot to the company because I really believe in it and what we do. We’re bringing out But You Don’t Look Sick shortly and that’s about invisible chronic illness. Ironically all three of us have chronic illnesses which makes it hard at times to juggle all that we do. In my case I work full time as well as Indie Blu(e) but have had to cut my hours because of Gastroparesis. Fortunately I am still able to work. Helping others gives me meaning. Cruel people and indifferent people take away my joy so I try to be what I want to see. 

This is so interesting Candice I am going to print where people can find you and your books. I would love you to join me again and if you are willing we could discuss how you feel about your diagnosis of macular degeneration and also the Gastroparesis. You are a beautiful and multifaceted woman and you have so much to offer.

You can find Candice Louisa Daquin on Facebook.

soundcloud.

The Feathered Sleep.

Candice’s Amazon page.

30 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jane Dougherty
    Jun 25, 2021 @ 14:08:23

    I second everything you’ve said, Willow. There are people who snipe from the sidelines and people who stick their necks out publicly to help others. Candice is one of the latter.

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    • willowdot21
      Jun 25, 2021 @ 14:09:47

      Yes indeed she is Jane and she has inspired me too.💜

      Reply

    • TheFeatheredSleep
      Jun 30, 2021 @ 18:56:18

      Dearest Jane. Every time I see your poetry in a book I have had the fortune to work on, I am so glad because from the moment we ‘met’ I thought you were a superb poet, as well as writer, and thinker, and I kept urging you to believe this. In true Jane form, you didn’t even see it, and that’s because you are so exacting and that’s why you are such a good writer, but also why you couldn’t see your poetry was so superb. I have learned so much from you reading you these many years, I will always believe in you and be VERY lucky to be counted among those who call you their friend. BTW But You Don’t Look Sick IS coming out we’re just wresting with our own illnesses as we produce it! Irony I know. I will be SURE to send you a hard copy when it does. Love to you dearling poetess.

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      • willowdot21
        Jul 01, 2021 @ 05:04:38

        Jane and Louisa two very interesting and talented ladies .💜

      • TheFeatheredSleep
        Jul 02, 2021 @ 16:10:24

        The best part of that story is I’m French but have an English accent from learning it in the UK, and Jane is Irish and lives in France. I believe this is how we bonded. She’s one of the kindest people out there, when I was sick she actually offered for me to stay with her to get treatment via the French healthcare system. I realize had I taken her up on the offer it might have been an awful imposition, but just the mere fact of her offering, she doesn’t do things she doesn’t mean and that touched me more than words can convey, given my own families lack of interest in my health. She is the kind of person anyone would be lucky to have as a friend – not to mention she’s hilariously funny too.

      • willowdot21
        Jul 02, 2021 @ 17:12:56

        I only know Jane virtually I have never met her in person yet I really feel she is a friend. I can easily believe what you say about her.💜

      • Jane Dougherty
        Jul 01, 2021 @ 07:40:22

        You know how much your appreciation means to me. I write and write and write, and I think I’m getting better. It does morale good to know that somebody else agrees with me. Your support means a lot. But you know that 🙂

      • TheFeatheredSleep
        Jul 02, 2021 @ 17:08:24

        I know you are getting better, although that implies you weren’t there at the beginning, which I believe you were, but it’s possible to be superb at the start and at the end, so that’s my final analysis. I am sending you my love. Things at IB are up in the air right now and BYDLS may be slightly delayed but I shan’t forget to send you a copy when it publishes. Sending you love and a badger xo

      • Jane Dougherty
        Jul 02, 2021 @ 18:58:43

        And you are one of the most generous people around xx

  2. Ritu
    Jun 25, 2021 @ 17:29:46

    What a wonderfully inspiring interview, Sis! 💜

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  4. TheFeatheredSleep
    Jun 30, 2021 @ 18:57:40

    My Willow girl, thank you so much for this – I am extremely grateful. You know I suck at self-promotion and am far happier with promoting others. It means the world to me that you should do this and your kindness and support are invaluable. I do hope you will THRIVE in all ways, because you bring such light and happiness to others, it is the very least I wish for you. Thank you dear friend.

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    • willowdot21
      Jul 01, 2021 @ 08:42:19

      Louisa it was a privilege to be able to introduce you to people who may not of crossed your path . It is so rewarding to see how many people know and appreciate you. It also lovely to know that you know Jane so well she also is a great influence on me.
      I would be happy to do another interview with you, I sent you some more questions in an email last week. See how you feel and let me know . Stay well and safe and be happy.💜💜💜

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      • TheFeatheredSleep
        Jul 02, 2021 @ 16:07:11

        Jane is just … beyond description. I have been lucky enough to persuade her to let us publish some of her incredible poetry in a few of our books – she stands out in a way very, very few writers do, and as a poet she is among one of my utmost favorites – always has been. It’s funny because she doesn’t even know how good she is. I suppose the best people never do. It brings me gladness to remind her, because she’s humble and real and unbelievably good at wordsmithing.

      • willowdot21
        Jul 02, 2021 @ 17:15:45

        Yes indeed she is and she has a generous heart and shares her knowledge.💜

    • willowdot21
      Jul 01, 2021 @ 12:22:58

      Candice, I called you Louisa, sorry I had just got off the phone with my friend Louise! So sorry 💜

      Reply

  5. Infinite Living
    Jun 30, 2021 @ 21:50:13

    What a heartfelt beautiful and inspiring interview!

    Reply

  6. bobcabkings
    Jun 30, 2021 @ 22:36:48

    Reblogged this on cabbagesandkings524 and commented:
    An interview with poet and more, Candice Louisa Daquin

    Reply

  7. Sarah Ito
    Jul 01, 2021 @ 00:30:58

    Interesting and inspiring interview.

    Reply

  8. bobcabkings
    Jul 01, 2021 @ 00:35:07

    Excellent interview, which I say as a serious Candice fan, and one often inspired by her writing.

    Reply

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