Fantasy Writer Interview: Freya Pickard (Interviewed by Sporkette)
Introduction to Freya through her words:
Freya doesn’t write about imaginary worlds; she writes about imaginative ones. These are worlds that could be real in a parallel universe or another time dimension. She does not promote escapism; instead she takes her readers into a refreshing place so that they return to their normal lives feeling strengthened and renewed.
A cancer survivor, Freya is inspired by her garden, a variety of music and beautifully written books. She is the author of Dragonscale Leggings and The Essence of Thyme. Her quarterly newsletter features serialised short stories about her heroine, Dracomagan.
Sporkette: What is most challenging for you when writing fantasy stories?
Freya Pickard: Finding the time write. Everything else, plot, characters, settings – they’re all sketched out in notes beforehand, in some sort of order. But finding enough time just to sit down and write – it is very hard some weeks because life and death keep getting in the way!
Sporkette: Who is your favorite fantasy character in one of your stories, and why?
Freya Pickard: Dracomagan, the narrator of Dragonscale Leggings, is currently my favourite fantasy character. She gets away with doing things I would never dare to do! She’s forthright, to point of rudeness but resolute and determined. Interestingly, I’ve found with with a few exceptions, it’s readers in the US who prefer her. Only a few UK readers seem to get on with her.
Sporkette: When do you schedule writing time and in what atmosphere do you prefer?
Freya Pickard: Mondays are currently my writing days. I have to write in a quiet atmosphere. I cannot be disturbed. I have learnt to be very selfish about my writing time, otherwise I never get any writing done at all. I write in 2 hour slots (with regular breaks every half hour so I’m not sitting for too long). When I’m writing a first draft, I aim to write 2000 words an hour. Most of the time recently, however, I’ve been working on drafts and putting together collections.
Sporkette: How did you publish your first fantasy novel and where is it available for purchase?
Freya Pickard: I published Dragonscale Leggings in 2008 using YouWriteOn which has since become FeedARead. It was available as a print book until 30 September 2016. I have recently released an e-version which is currently available from Amazon.
Sporkette: You’re also a poet, so can you explain about the original poetry format you created and provide an URL to an example?
Freya Pickard: I conceived the idea of Freyan Verse in 2014. I wanted to create a poem that could be read both vertically and horizontally. I also wanted the form to look like overlapping dragon scales. Thus, Freyan Verse was born.
Verse 1 is always written first. It is situated at the heart of the poem, in the centre. Verse 1 holds the poem together. The other verses develop themes/issues that verse 1 raises.
There are 5 stanzas. Each stanza consists of 7 lines. Line seven of verses 2 and 4 overlaps with line 1 of verses 3 and 5. Lines 1 and 7 of each verse consist of 1 word only.
Here is an example: https://dragonscaleclippings.wordpress.com/2016/07/04/unravel-tangle/
You can find more illustrations on this form at https://dragonscaleclippings.wordpress.com/freyan-verse/
Sporkette: Any inspiring words for aspiring fantasy writers?
Freya Pickard: Always believe in yourself and your writing 200%. Always write from the heart, never from what the know-it-alls tell you will sell. Don’t stop with the first draft; re-writes are as important as coming up with the idea for the story.
End of interview, but more about Freya:
Meet Freya Pickard (Author Support Request Video).
Listen to promo book reading: The Essence of Thyme (Video).
Other books and videos by Freya Pickard:
Links where you can connect to Freya: