Re:Fiction - The Fiction Writers' Magazine

Community Spotlight:
Paula Puolakka

Paula Puolakka

Question: What do you love most about writing fiction?

It's a light way to address the issues that concern the importance of Nature, the needs of our elderly folk, our children, the sick and the weak, and the importance of protecting the lonely women in our society.

About Paula Puolakka

https://www.instagram.com/thesoulsisterofwittgenstein/

My stories have appeared under my own name and under a pseudonym. Nowadays, I use only my real name since I have already accomplished a kind of a firm and colorful basis as a writer and the magazines and publishers have that way evidence that I can write and I have been approved by different publications and people in the past in the U.S. and U.K. without them knowing straight away that I live in Finland. The wrecking of the prejudice and narrow-minded thinking of people have been my biggest task as a writer and as a person, too. In Finland, I have been shunned by many since I am a highly educated woman with a mind of her own and though I have been working to bring out the Truth and the ideas of the two men I have the grandest respect towards, Wittgenstein and Kaczynski, especially the Finnish guys have shown me many forms of disrespect and they have tried to force me under the label of "men hating feminist" even though my heroes are the men of action. With the ladies, I have experienced many forms of jealousy and envy and also the thieving of my work, so mostly nowadays I keep to myself and concentrate on my work. I’m a social person, funny, happy and loving, too, but many times solitude is bliss.

I am bilingual. My father spent his childhood and youth in Canada, Vancouver B.C. and English was the second language of my childhood. Before becoming a writer, I worked as a tutor, a school assistant, and a gardener. Sometimes I wish I could go back to those days but the world has changed into something that has made even the most natural activities unnatural and I feel like a fish on the sand. The spreading of technology and the new innovations have turned even Nature into something that should be viewed through barcodes. There is no logic, it seems to me. 

At the moment, I am a free writer and I enjoy the feeling of getting a story or two out with different publishers and not being tied with long-term contracts. The last time I had a contract, here in Finland, it ended up with me having to sue the publisher because they failed to pay me my fees. The issue with people, sometimes, is the fact that they think that a female writer is not ready to fight for her rights. And when you wreck this illusion, they act like they are the ones who are being insulted. In life, many times, you have the urge to punch people in the face but then you remember that at least, you are not rotting inside a cell because of a greater injustice and this makes you feel gratitude and love and you continue to spread the Truth.

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