June 1996. Pascal marries Nicole and flies to the western United States. A honeymoon that he dreamed of all his life. He discovered California, which has continued to magnetize it ever since. He will come back to it often. Passionate about the United States and American culture, a great lover of comics, cinema, music, and American cars, Pascal Marchant has become, over the course of his travels, a freelance author. Alsatian by adoption, he was born in 1970 in the Paris region and has lived in Auenheim for many years.
In American motels, which he loves so much for their authenticity, but also for the spontaneous encounters they make there, he gleans little notebooks in which he notes the details of his travels. Gradually, the idea of a book emerged, he who has an easy pen. “I've written science fiction short stories before. They will give rise to a collection, ”he explains modestly.
He reveals tips, deconstructs certain prejudices, but above all shares his emotions
For twenty years, travels followed one another all over the United States, her country of heart. Small notebooks add up. Camcorder in hand, while Nicole devotes herself to photography, Pascal never stops discovering the mythical landscapes and cities that have fueled his imagination. San Francisco, Las Vegas, Death Valley, the Grand Canyon, New York… are all destinations that the couple discovered with greed and curiosity, stars in their eyes.
Like a travel guide, I love America , thus concentrates the discoveries of the couple on more than twenty trips all over the United States. Pascal unveils tips, also deconstructs certain prejudices, but above all shares his emotions. If the book can be read straight away like a novel, it can also be scooped up from a reading targeted to one or another destination. But Pascal Marchant is an author and the simple account of his American adventures does not satisfy him.
Here and there in the book, he gives a particular consistency to people he meets during his stays, by inventing a life of fiction for them. Jim Ware, Carmen or Brian and Wendy Seekwood, pass from the status of people to that of characters. The book then takes on a new dimension, playing on the codes of travel literature.
Pascal Marchant will meet with an author at the Roeschwoog media library on October 6 at 8 p.m., signing at the Bastian bookstore in Haguenau on October 17 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., signing at the Super U in Seltz on October 23 from 17 a.m. to 8 p.m., at the Heiby bookstore in Bischwiller on October 24 from 9 a.m. to noon, author meeting at L'Atelier B in Wissembourg on October 31 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. and at the Salon du livre in Colmar on the 28 and November 29.