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Day 7 of Freya Pickard week

Here’s a bit about me, just in case you are new to me and my works!

I live in England and enjoy walking beside the sea, when I’m not busy writing or publishing.

I don’t write about imaginary worlds; I write about imaginative ones. These are worlds that could be real in a parallel universe or another time dimension. I don’t promote escapism; instead I take my readers into a refreshing place so that they return to their normal lives feeling strengthened and renewed.

A cancer survivor, I am inspired by my garden, a variety of music and beautifully written books. I am the author of four books at Amazon and my free quarterly newsletter features serialised short stories about one of my characters, Dracomagan.

My favourite writers include CS Lewis, JRR Tolkien, Jane Dougherty, Elizabeth Baxter, Frank Herbert and Anne McCaffrey.


Social Media links

https://www.facebook.com/FreyaPickardAuthor

https://uk.linkedin.com/in/freya-pickard-1b775b106

https://www.patreon.com/FreyaPickard

http://spillwords.com/author/freyapickard/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQEB3_wlAGM0_FY9w5NTrmQ

To receive my free, quarterly newsletter (get one free short story a year plus insights into the new short form poems I am experimenting with) simply send an email to me at

dragonscaleclippings@gmail.com

with “Request Clippings” in the subject line.

Farewell for now! Thank you for reading, watching and listening. I hope you enjoy my books!

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Day 4 of Freya Pickard week

Cover of Insides by Freya Pickard

Today I want to tell you about my most recent publication. I wrote the poetry contained within it as I went through a colostomy, bowel cancer, open surgery, chemotherapy and the long drawn out process of recovery. It helped me at the time to embrace the terrible things I had to endure.

Insides – Poetry Collection


Insides is mixture of short form poetry blended with my “clippings”.

To tell the tale of my darkest nightmare, I use blank verse, haiku, tanka, cinquain, elfje, lantune, cherita and my very own freyan verse.

The poetry ebbs and flows from despair and fear to determination and sheer grit to get me through to recovery.

But, as I find and express through my journal notes which find their way into short form poems, recovery happens in many stages and isn’t as immediate as I hoped or wished.

This collection will bring comfort and renewed determination to anyone dealing with a life-threatening illness. And, it is hoped, that those on the edges, watching from afar, will be enabled to identify more with the sufferers of cancer.

THE WHOLE PACKAGE IS HERE, FOR YOUR VIEW/DOWNLOAD 🙂
https://wingofdreams.files.wordpress.com/2016/11/freya-week-enclosure.pdf

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Day 3 of Freya Pickard week

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OK, today we’ll talk about my videos.

This is something I’ve only got into recently. In April I signed up to http://www.patreon.com in order to try and raise money to enable me to self-publish. That was the first video I ever created; goodness, it was scary to do! But, I got the bug and decided to release a short video every time I launched a new book. And, more recently, I’ve started making teasers and really short (up to 1 minute) videos just for fun!

The videos are updated as and when they are released on the Klaw Klips page on my main blog at https://dragonscaleclippings.wordpress.com/klaw-klips/
Alternatively, you can subscribe to my YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQEB3_wlAGM0_FY9w5NTrmQ
and receive immediate updates when a new video is launched.

Compost Ghoul

I made this very short video as my take on Halloween. It’s not really scary, more sinister… English country gardens are full of sunshine and flowers… But, what if there was something horrid lurking in the compost at the bottom of the garden…?

Insides

This was an extremely emotional video to make. You can hear the tension and emotion in my voice. Because cancer is such a personal thing to endure, it is very hard to express easily how you really feel to those who have not experienced the touch of death… (The greyhound in the last slide before I start talking is the one I mentioned on Day One – isn’t he gorgeous?)

Dragonscale Leggings

This has to be my favourite video so far! It sums me up (quirky and maybe slightly insane) as well as capturing the flippant, tongue-in-cheek feel of the novel. I really enjoyed reading the extract, pretending to be both the scared dragon and the aggressive dragon slayer!


The Rusalka Ritual & Other Stories

This video was fun to make too! Dracomagan is such a weird character, it’s nice to be able to enact her role; she is a very strong force and presence in all 5 stories.

The Essence of Thyme

I was surprised at how relaxed I felt in this, my 2nd video, after the nervous tension of the first one. I discovered, for the first time, that I actually love reading my own work!

Patreon

This is the first video I ever made. It’s short. I was nervous. But I got 4 supporters from it!!!

THE WHOLE PACKAGE IS HERE, FOR YOUR VIEW/DOWNLOAD 🙂
https://wingofdreams.files.wordpress.com/2016/11/freya-week-enclosure.pdf

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Day 2 of Freya Pickard Week

Cover of Dragonscale Leggings by Freya Pickard


Day 2
Today I’m going to tell you about 3 of the books I’ve had published this year.

Freya Pickard The Essence of Thyme

The Essence of Thyme

An oblique re-telling of Sleeping Beauty.

The Essence of Thyme allows Parsley the limelight (for once) as she pursues her dream of finding a handsome prince and true love.

But messages from Merlin come in the form of riddles. Just who is this mysterious Nimue? Why has an enchanted forest suddenly appeared before Castle Thyme?

Parsley veers between absolute determination and terror in her quest to find her true love. Can she and Dracomagan solve the riddle? Can they break the spell that holds Castle Thyme in its insidious grip?

Freya Pickard The Rusalka Ritual

The Rusalka Ritual & Other Stories

Five tales encompassing human emotion; disappointed expectations, self-sacrificing love for the unlovable, will power that overcomes dark enchantment, bravery in the face of evil and fear of the unknown in a hum-drum life …

Five tales from Freya’s fertile imagination to delight and intrigue you; a western setting, a tragic story, a twisted faerie tale, a sword and sorcery romp and a warning about checking your car brakes …

Five narrative voices ranging from; a young child, a murderer, a strong-willed young woman, damsels awaiting rescue and a retired banker …

Five tales set in fantastic locations; an arid canyon, a smoke-wreathed ale house, a moonlit sea, a haunted inn and a golf course …

Five tales about Dracomagan; mysterious guide, ruiner of emotional moods, overcomer of dark enchantment, shatterer of faerie spells and a golfer’s nightmare …

Dragonscale Leggings

Freya’s novel, Dragonscale Leggings, is a parody of the genre she loves best; fantasy. In it, she gently pokes fun at the Arthurian legends, the common concepts of dragon slayers and dragons and how they should (or shouldn’t) behave. Think Alice in Wonderland meets Bridget Jones…

What would you do if you woke up in a place you did not recognise, with no memory of who you are? Would you fall asleep again and hope to remember when you woke up next? Would you hide yourself away, giving into self-pity? Or would you walk out and explore this strange new world, hoping to recover your memory on the way?

Join the narrator of Dragonscale Leggings as she sets out to discover where she is, why she is there and how or if she can return home. Accompanied by Tygar, a white stallion who appoints himself her guardian and armed with a giant potato peeler, Dracomagan travels through a lush and dreamlike Otherworld.

Who will help her find her true identity? Will it be Sama, the gorgeous harpist who gives her a name? Will it be aggravating Agravaine, a knight who prefers fashion to fighting? Can Gatus, the goat herder help her? Or will the mysterious retired Pirate King show her the path to her real memories?

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Day 1 of Freya Pickard Week.

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Freya Pickard

Freya is a cancer survivor currently awaiting the final all clear. She wrote Insides as a kind of therapy to help her embrace the terrible things she endured; cancer, surgery and chemotherapy. She wanted to bring comfort to other cancer sufferers as well as enabling people with no experience of cancer at all, to understand a little of what it means to go through such an ordeal.

Day One

Greetings Earthlings! It’s lovely to “see” you all again. And thank you, Sharmishtha, for inviting me back for a second interview week! I am so honoured!

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I have started writing again properly. It took a LONG time to get my creativity back and it took a lot of hard work in writing something daily, even just one line in my journal. I’m currently working on something that is vaguely romantic set in one of the worlds I visit often. I can’t say anymore than that; I don’t want to jinx it!

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Meantime, I’ve been polishing and finalising manuscripts in order to get them published. When I discovered I had cancer in 2014, I vowed that if I survived, I would stop waiting on other people to accept my work for publication, and do it all myself. So, that’s what I’ve been doing!

Freya Pickard

Oh, and running two blogs at https://dragonscaleclippings.wordpress.com and https://purehaiku.wordpress.com

THE WHOLE PACKAGE IS HERE, FOR YOUR VIEW/DOWNLOAD 🙂
https://wingofdreams.files.wordpress.com/2016/11/freya-week-enclosure.pdf