Three Volumes of Freya Pickard’s poetry in one paperback! Inside is the tale of Freya’s darkest nightmare. Excerpts from her journal written whilst experiencing cancer 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 able to identify with people who have cancer. My Mythology is a collection of poems inspired by myth and legend. Will you dare to walk on the fringes of fear or glance into the blank mirror? Are you brave enough to stand before the thunder god or receive the sun lord’s gifts? Can you survive the bewitching ocean song or escape from zombie mushrooms? Read on to discover your darkest fears and brightest dreams! This is Me is a poetical biography. Freya is both brutally honest and playfully elusive, depending on her mood. Her observations on the natural world and how it affects her body and mind, reveal a complex, female being.
Hello Freya! I must say, the premise of this book is not only intriguing but inspiring. Speaking of which, what inspired this lovely, empowering creation?
My inspiration for this book is Life and specifically about surviving cancer. I also write about what inspires me – fantastical worlds and heroic characters. This Is Me encapsulates my life between the ages of 20 and 45.
Empowering indeed. I’m glad you decided to write a book of poems that serves as a tool for coping, healing, and diving deep into imaginative worlds. When did writing become your passion and how did that all come about?
I have always written poetry! I can’t remember the first poem I wrote, but I enjoyed writing as a young child at school. When I went to college I was introduced to haiku by one of my lecturers and since then I have explored many forms of poetry as well as inventing my own; Freyan Verse.
Freyan Verse… I love it! Plus, your name is simply exquisite in general. Care to share some of the central messages in this collection?
My main message through This Is Me is the vital need we as humans have to survive. In facing death and overcoming cancer we are made stronger. When we go through difficult times in life, we can either let it make or break us. I also consider many varied themes in the second part, My Mythology. Here I explore all the legends, myths and true stories that have inspired me since I was a teenager.
How inspirational is that? Okay, now let’s talk influences. Who/what are yours?
JRR Tolkien played a huge part in my appreciation of poetry. His ancient lays gave me the feel for my own (e.g. Haldron and The Mermaid and the Quirat Prince). Other influences are too numerous to name individually. But I will say that Claudia Messelodi, Elizabeth Leaper and JulesPaige have all inspired and influenced my poetry writing – usually by introducing me to forms I never knew existed and by helping me see things in a different way.
In facing death and overcoming cancer we are made stronger. When we go through difficult times in life, we can either let it make or break us.
That’s wonderful! Do you have a specific writing process? If so, what does it normally consist of?
I am still not sure what “a writing process” is! I just write. Every day. Right now I am writing a new novel in my journal. I write a page each day which amounts to around 160 words. When I don’t want to write prose, I write a poem. I use everyday inspiration to write about real life as well as exploring speculative poetry. I write because I have to. Without words I would go mad!
Spoken by a true writer. I find it amazing that you take the time to write every single day. That takes some mad discipline, so go you! Are there any concluding words that you’d like to share with everybody?
When reading This Is Me, remember that this really is me, without any pretence or disguise. If you read my poetry, you will understand me far better than the people who know me face-to-face but who do not read my works!
That’s such a beautiful final sentiment to wrap this interview up with. Thank you so much for chatting with me, Freya. This has certainly been an insightful interview. All the best!
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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. Freya Pickard has now published eight books. To find out more about the author, visit her official website at www.dragonscaleclippings.wordpress.com