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Thursday Fun n Frolics 22.6.17 is for Diva Dev

Diva Dev: Thanks for having me here! I’m honoured and delighted. Actually I can’t thank you enough, you’re awesome! Sharmishtha, you’ve been a such a nice and loving person.
You’ve an understanding for everyone which only few can have. Thank You for being so good.
Sharmishtha Basu@ Agnishatdal: Tell us something about yourself. [Add your contact details on social media please (FB gmail etc anything you want to share with readers)!]
Diva Dev: I’m Hemdiva Dev, a self-published author. I’ve written Children’s books and plan to publish in many other genres. Reading has been my love since I was kid. I always found myself lost In the plots and characters.
And ever wished to write stories myself. I love reading Horror, Mystery, Romance, Fantasy, Non-Fiction and Humour. When it comes to writing, I’m really good at it and absolutely love it! I forever have stories in my mind and they find their way on paper.
I’m a fan of LOA, law of attraction and The Secret. A big fan of Goosebumps by R. L. Stine. I love to study and read about new things. Always hunting for information through every source available. I love to paint and draw and have been doing that ever since I learned to hold a pencil.
I’m a proud daughter of my brave mom. She is my world! And I’m very devotional and believe in God. Especially Lord Ganesha is my favourite. Travelling, Dreaming, Cars, Fashion, Shopping, T.V., Gold, Diamonds, Make-up, Food, Mobiles, Barbie dolls, Craft, Food are some of my other interests.
Hemdiva is my pen name. I live in lovely India. And that’s all!
Like me on Facebook- http://facebook.com/Hemdiva.Author
Follow on Twitter- @Hemdiva_Author
On Instagram- Hemdiva
Amazon page- http://viewauthor.at/hemdiva
Sharmishtha Basu@ Agnishatdal: You are quite an accomplished writer, and you are just a child, how does it feels?
Diva Dev: Amazing! Awesome! Fantastic! Wonderful! Well, I hope that these words do describe how I feel. I feel I’m Blessed! I’d read about authors getting published really early and would always wish the same for me. I’d hope for at least one book!
And here I’m with many more than just one books! All  thanks to my mom, my ganpati bappa and all my supporters and friends, like you, who are a part of my success. I do have to say that I lack those human supporters but I’ve plenty of non-human friends!
Now before you think about ghosts, I meant my laptop, scanner, paper, pen, brain, internet and other such friends! lol
I also feel proud of myself and think that i’ve achieved victory over all those who laughed at my dream of being a writer. Not that they mattered for me but I think I’ve proved myself and that will i turn help other young authors to chase their dream.
Overall, it still feels like the sweetest dream that’s ever-lasting! Often I feel like the CEO of an international firm, managing everything from studies, writing, hobbies, social media and my personal life.
Sharmishtha Basu@ Agnishatdal: Where do you see yourself as a writer ten years from now? Will you try stories too?
Diva Dev: That’s a long time! I do see myself as well-known writer, with many many books published and millions of copies sold worldwide.
I do wish that I get recognition in India and aslo the world with many fans going crazy for my books!
I also wish that whenever I go out people come upto me for autographs. I think that is what most writers wish for.
I’ll be trying most genres soon and also write non- fiction as well. Some of them are going to be Science, Romance, History, Drama, Self-help and Psychological thriller.
As of now the only genre I’ve written is Children’s/YA. I know it will be fun, for both me and my dear readers.
Sharmishtha basu@ Agnishatdal: Will you tell us a little about your blogs, their contents and urls?
Diva Dev: Off course, my writing began with blogging. My first ever blog is Mom’s Princess Pari (http://momspricesspari.wordpress.com) and it literally means mom’s princess fairy. And if you haven’t guessed already, I’m princess fairy of my mom. Lol
It’s a super personal blog and I post many things over there. My travelling interest, cooking adventures, car crushes and book recommendations are some of them. All in all you’d love reading my posts. I post a lot of photographs too.
Hemdiva The Books you Love (http://hemdivabooks.wordpress.com) is a my second blog that is specially created to present my books, New realeses, promtions and offers. I follow back each blog.
Sharmishtha Basu@ Agnishatdal: Tell us about your published works, and the urls from where we can buy them, do add the covers if you can please.
Diva Dev: Let me start with my debut book, i.e., CAP Series Chinky And Pinky A Birdy Adventure. It is a Children’s/YA Horror/Mystery and also falls into the family/relationships genre. The book is about two seven year old girls step out in the dark at night and the trouble that follows.
This book has earned me a lot of fans who are anxiously waiting for the second book in the CAP series. The book is available in ebook on Amazon, Smashwords, Apple book store, Kobo, Barnes & Noble and also availble in print.
An illustrated Hardcover as well as paperback version of the book can be bought on Lulu and Amazon. This version is aimed at the younger audience with 10 amazing illustrations.
The second book in the series is on it’s way to be published.
Sonu’s Adventures: Sonu’s Best Friend Forever is published recently and it is about how you can make friends really easy. Again availble on all websites. Also in print in an amazing big size with humourous illustrations.

CAP Series on Amazon – http://mybook.to/chinkypinky
Smashwords- https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/602877
Apple – https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/cap-series-1-chinky-pinky/id1071323615?mt=11
Barnes and noble – https://nook.barnesandnoble.com/products/2940152543391/sample?sourceEan=2940152543391

Sonu’s Adventures- http://mybook.to/sonu
Lulu Hardcover- http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/HemdivaDev
youtube- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-CkidByrr4
Sharmishtha Basu@ Agnishatdal: Do you have something to suggest us, the wannabe successful authors, especially those who are students like you, and have to accomplish a LOT in other grounds too- like career!
Diva Dev: I’d say just follow your heart and trust your brain! Rest everything’s gonna work-out for you! Writing is the key, keep writing always! Also studies come first and they’ve always been my priority, like I said I love to study.
Writing can go along and there’s no need to spend the whole day for writing. I take breaks from studies and write and because it’s my favourite hobby, which has turned into passion, I enjoy doing it. I hope this helps.
Sharmishtha Basu@ Agnishatdal: Any suggestion for Agnishatdal?
Diva Dev: Agnishatdal is truly a great innovation in self-publishing. The idea of uniting all other indie authors and presenting their works in an ezine is just so amazing in itself. I believe that this will help indie authors to reach more readers. And in turn readers get to read many indie authors in one place.
This shall encourage them to read more self-publishhed books. A lot of thanks to Agnishatdal for being such a wonderful platform for authors.
Suggestions… I would recommend creating sections according to topics. Like Kid’s, Love, Family, Nature, Photography, etc. I think that will help the reader to quickly find their favourite first.
Sharmishtha Basu@Indie Adda: Do you have anything to say, suggest Indie Authors? As a successful author who has made publishers accept her works?
Diva Dev: Well, I self-published my books and there was no need for me to get my books accepted by any publishers. Self-publishing gave all the power  to me and also the freedom. But I did format, edit and design my book according to the website’s requirements.

I’d personally always always and always love to self-publish. I think I’m obsessed with it now. It’s super easy and fun. Yes, it needs hard work, dedication and consumes time, but that is essential for success. And I’m proud to be a self-published author.

I’d suggest everyone to try self-publishing at least once and if you love freedom, like I do, trust me you’d go for it again.

Thursday Fun n Frolics 15.6.17 is for Harshita Jain

Sharmishtha Basu@Agnishatdal: Tell us something about yourself.
Harshita Jain: I am pursuing Master in Engineering from SGSITS Indore. My email id – hjain001@gmail.com 

Sharmishtha Basu@Agnishatdal: Did you knew you were about to become an author or it just happened?
Harshita Jain: Yeah, I am an accidental writer, it wasn’t my dream. I started writing approximately six months ago, but it feels good (can’t express this feeling in words) after writing, so I always want to feel like this.

Sharmishtha Basu@Agnishatdal: Where do you see yourself after ten years?
Harshita Jain: After 10 yrs, I want to see myself writing. I don’t want to see me anywhere, but i want to say myself that, I am writing since 10 yrs consistently. I don’t want to say that, 10 yrs ago I used to write. 

Sharmishtha Basu@Agnishatdal: Do you blog? Tell us a little about your blog.
Harshita Jain: My blog link is: hj24.blogspot.in 
There, I write poems, haiku and articles.

Sharmishtha Basu@Agnishatdal: Do you have any favorite genre or writer? Do tell us why!
Harshita Jain: This is tough. I don’t read much or write much. So it’s difficult to choose. Both make me happy. Reading plays an important role in writer’s writing.

I read poems. I don’t read much.I like poems of Lang Leav and Amrita Pritam (well i have only read these two writers and they are marvellous). Well I like to read from people around (family/friends), as their writing motivates me.

Sharmishtha Basu@Agnishatdal: Any suggestions for Agnishatdal?
Harshita Jain: No suggestions.

Sharmishtha Basu@Agnishatdal: Any suggestions for Indie Adda?
Harshita Jain: Writing is just not about words, it’s a feeling. So anyone can be a good writer, you just need to express in a best possible way, of course you need words to express but it’s not compulsory to use tough words. Whenever a reader reads your poem or article, there is a feeling that is felt by the reader.

Agnijaat Jyeshtha, May critique by Troy David Loy

Agnijaat Critique for Jyeshtha 1424
By Troy David Loy

Indian Raga Now: Hindi vs Bengali: some thoughts on movie genres and the filmindustries they come from. A fascinating take!

Spotlight on Hariprasad Chaurasia: an amazing flute player, this man is. I’ve foundsome of his music here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?

Marry or NOT: Some thoughts here on the dark side of marriage in India…

Caste System 5: a social system being gamed by politicians for their own purposes, in using scheduled castes for their (ethically) dirty work.

Nature @Kolkata in Jyeshtha: This could be a fun month, if you’re a son-in-law or you like mangoes and watermelons, though for my purposes I prefer icecream as mangoes aren’t cheap in my locale!

BHAKTI SAINTS: Vallabhacharya: a proponent of a non-dualistic Bhaktivad, living from the 15th to 16th centuries, he held philosophical views worth a closer look and further examination.

Story Time – Cirruska and the little girl, Breaking free: two cute stories from a pair of tobe- rereleased books, Child of woods and Tell me a story

The verses this month were fun, but Five was a short story that stuck out as especially amusing in content, but deeper in the question it raised: how do we really know when we are awake and when we dream?

This month’s theme was inspiration, and ‘Seven: To do or not to do’ offered a nice take on that.
That’s it for now. I’ll see you again in Ashar

Agnishatdal Jyeshtha, May critique by Troy David Loy

Agnijaat Critique for Jyeshtha 1424
By Troy David Loy

Nazrul Birthday: as someone who suffered tremendously, while producing such wonderful songs, Kazi was quite accomplished in a tragic way. Yet he brought forth such amazing music, some of which may be found on this playlist: https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=a9Vsdd9DIZI&list=RDa9Vsdd9DIZI#t=0

M.S. Subbulaxmi: I’ve listened to her music while reviewing the twins, and she was quite talented. I should watch a few of her earlier movies, and see her acting talents i full. Quite the songbird, this one!

Budapest Missives 2: Thoughts of a Budding Artist: Juliette here expresses misgivings that many artists have toward their own work. It’s called Imposter Syndrome, but as she suggests here, it can be overcome.

6 gateways to a worth reading article: Sweta offers some sound ideas for good articles, of the sort that sometimes ‘goes viral.’ My favorite, of course, is Catchy Title, as that’s the first part of any article that people see. But the others are no less important!

Red Heels Pt. 3: The story continues as the heroine encounters a photography aficionado with cameras older than hers!

Need Again: Eleanor offers an evocative image and missive on her photography work.

In disguise: Swati gives an account of her father, with a poem expressing her admiration and gratitude.

A cure for baldness: Horrors! A raja is going bald, so what is he to do? A clever young man enters the picture with an eye toward curing the potentate’s malady in a most unexpected way!

Twisting by the pool: Dom gives a short verse on the heat of summer, and the wonders of swimming pools.
A happy belated birthday for Swati and Sweta, and I hope it was glorious!

So too, a wonderful belated birthday to Juliette! May it have

Diva Dev interviews Sharmishtha Basu: an interesting talk, in which Diva shows her interview-fu with insights into the writing processes of the Twins creator.

Bhupinder Singh: too bad that he’s distanced himself from music, but as I listen as I write this, he’s got an amazing voice. Here’s a collection: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_sOuyLLEzY

Jyeshtha Recipe: Machher Jhaal – Spicy Fish: sounds tasty, looks tasty in my mind’s eye. I’ll have to give this one a try when friends are over for a gathering.

The bottle: a cute story, and a warning on taking extraordinary claims at face value; when it sounds too good to be what it says, it probably is!

Bhandananda Uvach 2: Some good commentary in verse, on the things said by authoritarian politicians to stir up discontent and nationalist fervor.

Bengal This Month: So, the birthday of a famous poet is celebrated this month, as is the festival of Jamaishashthi for those guys lucky enough to be sons-in-law – getting treated like a king by your bride’s family, what could be cooler!

India this month: With two more festivals celebrated this month, and this time throughout India no less!
Pieces of Past: Mahaveer: a fascinating link in the history of religion in India. The Jains stand out as a religion by reason of their code of strict nonviolence.

That’s it for this month, and I’ll see you once again in Ashar!

Agnijaat Boisakh, April critique by Troy David Loy

Agnijaat Boisakh 1424 Review by Troy David Loy

Indian Raga Now:
Irrfan Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui… here are two actors worth watching. The four others noted are more established, but worth checking out just the same! Good stuff, as I’ve seen some of their movies on YouTube.

Spotlight On Shivkumar Sharma:
This is…cool! I’m listening to recordings of his as I write this. His santoor playing is absolutely marvelous! I must also check out his partner’s music! I’ll make that tonight while writing.

This woman, who reined in, possibly being one of the factors the brought about the end of the Mughal empire. What a remarkable human being!

Other side of the **** world:
Bloodhounds: Privacy is a big issue in today’s Internet, and so is the intrusiveness of editing programs. Some good warnings of what to expect when interacting online.

Caste System 4:
Offering government stipends to the socio-economically disadvantaged sounds like a good idea, along with better educational opportunities without quotas. This I think is worth considering, at least trying out to see if it works, though my hopes aren’t high that it will be implemented!

Nature @Kolkata in Biosakh:
From dangerous storms to sweltering heat, summer is NOT a good season there, even dangerous without air conditioning or a sturdy constitution.

Clear your attic:
An uncluttered, clear, and healthy mind is a good one, and much more useful than when it’s filled with detritus. Maintain it well, and it will serve you well.

Bhakti Saints: Madhavacharya:
born in medieval India during the 13th century, this man had some interesting views on the nature of souls and God. I’ll have to pour through my podcasts on Indian philosophy to get a more thorough look at them.

Story Time:
Unique rebellion:
This is a fun one that I’ll enjoy reading in its entirety. Humorous, with commentary of human exploitation of our own private moments on film!

Jewels of Madhulipi:
A really cool ghost story, with a surprisingly happy ending! excellent!

With the onset of the new year in Bengal, there is much to celebrate and many ways for celebration. Much more colorful and interesting than New Year’s Day in the West!

Let us begin:
I loved the images and verse of this section! Among my favorites are One, Three, Four, Six, while the image for Two, the story from Five and the narrative from Seven: ‘To stay or to leave’ stood out as well. I love it when an artist evolves her craft!

Thus Spake Hypocritananda:
Good commentary in verse form!

I look forward to the Jyeshtha issue of Agnijaat!

Agnishatdal Boisakh, April critique by Troy David Loy

Agnishatdal Boisakh 1424 Review by Troy David Loy

Rabindrajayanti 9.5.17:
So, the 9th of May (Indian date) is the iconic polymath’s birthday! I have a few Ingreji
translations of his works, and know of his famous meeting with Einstein when the two
discussed science, philosophy and spirituality, a true meeting of minds! May the great
scholar remain always in the hearts and minds of those around the world as a tribute to

Jamini Roy:
Now here was a painter of some note. His innovations on traditional art styles make his
work especially interesting!

Budapest Missives:
Juliette here gives an account of her youth in Hungary. How fascinating to those of us
unlucky enough never to leave their country of origin, at least in their early years!

Dear Zindagi:
Sweta writes a letter of thanks and appreciation for the meaningful things in life, that
made and make it worth living indeed for her.

I Am Watching. I Am Citizen Null:
Our new arrival, Citizen Null, offers a stern commentary on the state of his country. I’m
interested to see what more he has to say.

Red Heels Pt. 2:
Brieue continues from last issue with this narrative tour of the bright side of life in smalltown America from a shoe aficionado.

A notably interesting image and missive by Eleanor Leonne Bennett –
fascinating work!

Excellent food for thought by Swati on the power of thoughts over perceptions, selfperceptions, and suffering.

Wendell offers a paean to devotion. Good use of form. Excellent phrasing, and without
use of rhyme; that would have hindered the message.

Tenali Raman And The Vidooshak:
Raghunandan tells the story of a plot to bring down a wise man using a king’s court
jester. I love that Raman so easily bested them despite being forced by circumstances
to play along!

Lost outside looking in:
Dom offers some brief but poignant verse.

Treats of the Month:
The Rainbow Horizon – Karen S. Cole:
Here, Karen talks about her book, with an interesting cast of characters and lots of

Hemdiva Dev’s interview was illuminating, showing her talent for prolific storytelling. Her energy for writing is to be admired!

KJ. Yesudas: The Celestial Singer:
A remarkable voice this man has! I’m listening to one of his songs as I write this. I could
never match this level of vocal skill!

This month’s recipe should be a quick preparation once I can get the ingredients. I have a friend who knows how to make it, has made it, and has all of the needed spices to boot! This will be tasty!

Creator’s Quill:
The rookie:
A cute story about a young spider learning the ropes to proper spiderin’.

Thus Spake Hypocritananda:
An enjoyable new installment. Especially so, as the worst evils often get free rein, not by the actions of evil people, but by the silence of good ones!

India This Month – Biosakh 1424
And so, the new year begins! May it be better than the last (and fewer good people die,
too)! With both poila boisakh and Rabindrajayanti to celebrate this month, Bongs have
much to keep busy! With Buddhapurnima falling afterwards, and then…May Day
followed by the hot, sweltering doomy doom of summer!

Pieces of Past: Gautam Buddha:
The life of the founder of Buddhism, both in history and shrouded by legend, happened
in an interesting time, when new movements and philosophical awakenings were going
on around the world. It’s no surprise to me that many of Buddhism’s mindfulness
techniques are used today, and adapted for modern life.

That’s it for now! I await the Jyeshtha issue!

Thursday Fun n Frolics 8.6.17 is for Freya Pickard

Sharmishtha Basu@ Agnishatdal: Tell us something about yourself! 

Freya Pickard: I’m Freya Pickard, cancer survivor and author of 5 books. I never reveal my age and for years hid behind an avatar. But, since starting to make videos earlier this year, I have, at last shown my real face to the world!

Social Media links


Sharmishtha Basu@ Agnishatdal: How did the vicious battle with cancer
and divine victory on it affect your life? Will you say it made you a
better person or stole some light from your soul?

Freya Pickard: I would say that cancer made me both a better person as well as stealing some light from my soul. I have a strange dichotomy within me these days. Although I am more tolerant of sick people now, I have less patience with other people! Having had cancer has extinguished a lot of fears (spiders, heights, pylons and large bells and clock faces) but it has also made me feel hollow and stony hearted. I am stronger and more confident now, but at the same time I feel very little emotionally.

Sharmishtha Basu@ Agnishatdal: Tell us about your fabulous haiku poems
and brilliant fantasy stories, both are terrific! Is it inborn talent
or you acquired it by labour?

Freya Pickard:  I think that a true writer is born with the gift of writing. I believe I was born with the gift but the gift is something you have to nurture and discipline. 

I write haiku as one of my daily disciplines. I prefer writing traditional (5-7-5 syllables) haiku though I love reading both traditional and modern haiku. On my blog https://purehaiku.wordpress.com I only publish traditional haiku. I like the brevity and conciseness of the form. Writing one a day allows me to find space within my thoughts and hectic lifestyle. They allow me to slow down and “be”.

My stories are the product of many years of labour. The ideas continually change and grow until I am satisfied that I have honed the story to perfection. I always stop when I feel happy with things. I try not to overwork my stories. I currently offer 1 free story per year in 4 episodes in my newsletter and, if you are on Patreon, you can read an unpublished story from me once a month for just $5 a month! Two of my novels are currently available as e-books (paperbacks will be coming out this year).

Dragonscale Leggings is the diary of a female dragon slayer who finds herself in an Arthurian world, with no idea what is happening to her! Written as chick-lit for dragons (yes, some of them do read!) a lot of humans enjoy this tale too!

Vintrig’s Kingdom is the first part of a series called Isu Magan. This tale is not like the usual fantasy quest. There is no physical journey to gain or lose an object of power. Instead, the journey is inward as Isu Magan discovers an alternative view on history and finds out who she really is. With romance at its heart, this story is chilling and entertaining by turns.

Sharmishtha basu@ Agnishatdal: Tell us a little about your blogs and also your newsletter, how can one read it? What is your
experience with it? Did it help you as an author? How did you create
it? Did it require expertise in computer software?

Freya Pickard:
I currently blog at https://purehaiku.wordpress.com and https://dragonscaleclippings.wordpress.com

Pure Haiku is purely for traditional haiku in the English language. I open several times a year to submissions – check out the submit page! We’re currently exploring the theme of Care. 

Dragonscale Clippings is more of a writer’s blog. I write about my stories, other people’s books, interview authors and anything writing related.

Running 2 blogs can be time consuming so I have to be careful not to spend too much time on them, otherwise I don’t get any writing done. I have found them useful as they do seem to attract people who are interested in my books and sometimes buy them! 

My Newsletter can be obtained by emailing me at dragonscaleclippings@gmail.com with “Clippings Request” in the subject line. The Newsletter is totally free and is now 8 pages long (A5). There’s always an artist’s picture or photograph for the front cover. I mention my books (of course!) and write a short editorial. The main features of the Newsletter are my short form poems and a quarterly episode of the current short story. Until 31st January 2017 you can read The Oil of Sage for free! When you subscribe, I will send you the links to each of the episodes. All you have to do is click on the link to open a PDF document which you can then read. If you want to save it to your computer, you can do so. In March, a new story will start – The Attar of Chervil. https://dragonscaleclippings.wordpress.com/fanzine/current-story/

I work from a template and have technical help with the Newsletter. It does require some technical expertise, but, because I use a template, it’s quite simple for me! Posting it online is very complicated though and my magical technical wizard does that for me!

Sharmishtha Basu@ Agnishatdal: Will you tell us a little about your
published works, individually and share their links (from where we can
buy them) and their cover pictures.

Freya Pickard:
I have now published 5 books and most of them are now available not only on Amazon (UK & US) but also with Barnes & Noble, Kobo and iTunes.


Dragonscale Leggings is the diary of a female dragon slayer – https://www.amazon.com/Essence-Thyme-Dragonscale-Diversions-Book-ebook/dp/B01GXGOE1K/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1483447292&sr=8-6&keywords=freya+pickard

Vintrig’s Kingdom is a romance set in a winter-bound kingdom – https://www.amazon.com/Vintrigs-Kingdom-Isu-Magan-Book-ebook/dp/B01MXMPRCJ/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1483447292&sr=8-2&keywords=freya+pickard

Insides is a collection of poetry I wrote whilst going through cancer and chemotherapy – https://www.amazon.com/Insides-Dragonscale-Delvings-Book-1-ebook/dp/B01M2UQAWJ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1483447292&sr=8-1&keywords=freya+pickard

The Rusalka Ritual & Other Stories is a collection of five short tales that feature Dracomagan, the heroine of Dragonscale Leggings – https://www.amazon.com/Rusalka-Ritual-Stories-Dragonscale-Dimensions-ebook/dp/B01KQFPCAG/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1483447292&sr=8-4&keywords=freya+pickard

The Essence of Thyme is a single short story on theme of Sleeping Beauty but with a lot of differences! https://www.amazon.com/Essence-Thyme-Dragonscale-Diversions-Book-ebook/dp/B01GXGOE1K/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1483447292&sr=8-6&keywords=freya+pickard

Sharmishtha Basu@ Agnishatdal: Well I already know that your next book
is coming up tell us a little about it and when will it come up in

Freya Pickard: My next book will be another short story collection called “Xmas @ Camelot II & other stories” but at the moment I don’t know when it will be published! I am in a state of transition right now so it may be a while before I can actually launch the e-book. There are 10 stories in this collection (only two of them about Dracomagan) all set in either a land of fantasy or least in a virtual world. The themes that run through the collection are Choice and Transition (strangely enough!) Most of the stories have been published in magazines or on-line but there are a couple of tales included which have never before been published.

Sharmishtha Basu@ Agnishatdal: Any suggestion for Agnishatdal?

Freya Pickard: I know you produce those wonderful vividly coloured illustrations for the magazine, but I was wondering if you’d like to include other artists/photographers? I can recommend Elisa Choi http://harmonythoughts.com/, Eleanor Bennett http://eleanorleonnebennett.com and Claudia McGill https://claudiamcgill.com

Sharmishtha Basu@Indie Adda: Do you have anything to say, suggest Indie Authors?

Freya Pickard: Always write what is in your heart. Never let anyone tell you that you can’t write about something or that no one wants to read it. Always keep writing, never give up.