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Short Stories by Freya Pickard

Author Freya Pickard on Writing Short Stories & Dragons

Today we have a special guest in the house! Freya Pickard is the writer behind the blogs Pure Haiku and Dragonscale Clippings, both of which I highly recommend. When Freya recently published a collection of short stories titled The Rusalka Ritual and Other Stories (Dragonscale Dimensions Book 1), I asked her here for an author interview and she graciously accepted the invitation. I admire Freya for many reasons, including her quirky yet lovable writing style and her determination to publish her newest book after facing chemotherapy. So, without further ado, let’s put on the coffee pot and catch up with Freya Pickard.

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Hi Freya and welcome to Poetic Parfait! I’m happy to interview you about your first short story collection. Congratulations! To start, could you tell us a bit about yourself and how you got into writing books?

Greetings, Earthlings! I’m a novelist, poet and cancer survivor with one novel, and one short story collection published to date! I have always written, ever since my mother taught me to write before I started school. From an early age I produced poetry and stories but when I turned 17, I began writing novels seriously. They were all rubbish but in my mid-twenties I started producing tales that were non-generic and therefore difficult to place with a publisher. Since having gone through cancer, I have realised how little time we have here on this planet and am therefore publishing my work myself.

I love that you have chosen to pursue your publishing dreams, regardless of whether it meets a traditional publisher’s expectations or not. I’m curious, why did you choose the short story format for your latest book?

I chose to publish a short story collection because I have had a number of short stories published over the years, including some about Dracomagan. I found that convincing editors to publish my tales about a female dragon slayer very difficult; it seems that a lot of Continue reading

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Einstein's Beach House by Jacob M. Appel

Book Review: Einstein’s Beach House by Jacob M. Appel

My latest read is Einstein’s Beach House by Jacob M. Appel. It is the first book I read by Appel, who has published several literary works. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review of the short story collection.

I looked forward to the read weeks before I even opened the eBook because short story collections are not something I am often asked to review. I loved the title of the collection too. Then, when I started to read it, I found the characters in each story were well penned and rich in detail. I could imagine them in my mind. There were unique characteristics and situations within each story, including a woman who seeks a therapist to help her depressed hedgehog.

Here is what troubled me. After I had read the first few stories, I felt sad. Let me try to explain. The characters were so well explained that I took them into my heart as a reader. Then I felt so sad when many of them were put into debilitating situations without story endings that satisfied the frayed ends Continue reading