Escape Pod Emulations – CLOSED

Welcome to Escape Pod Emulations! Please note – these are NOT podcasts! These are written interviews on the blog!

This is one of the ways Freya Pickard gives something back to the writing community. Six times a year between September and April, Freya posts an EPod Interview for a writer or artist.


When open, please submit (see below) the appropriate information for EPod Interviews starting January 2020. (EPod is short for Escape Pod!)

Click HERE for a short video introduction. For the full background, please carry on reading.

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The mothership is under attack and your section of the craft has been ordered to evacuate. You rush to the nearest e-pod bay, tap in your personal code and allow the invisible beams to read your eye data. The round door slides open and you leap inside, hearing the whoosh of the door sealing itself behind you.

You are in a small, spherical chamber. When you reach your arms above your head, you can just touch the ceiling. When you stretch your arms out to the sides you can touch the blank panels.

Already the engines are humming and the computer provides you with information on the screen before the single chair. You sit down and the safety belts snuggle around you like comforting arms. The curved walls vibrate as the mothership jettisons the e-pods from your section.

You are alone. The computer will provide you with recycled oxygen and water and your daily nutrient needs will be catered for in the form of energy bars. You can tap into any film, documentary or newscast that the computer has in its memory banks. You cannot communicate with the other escapees for fear that the enemy attacking the mothership will track you. You can watch your course as you spiral away into the dark, glowing vastness of space.

The Interplanetary Space Guild will of course rescue you, eventually. Meanwhile, you have a lot of time on your hands and you can’t spend it all sleeping. (The console chair moves back to become your bed and above your head is a portable gym that the computer will ensure you use daily).

Before you left your quarters to reach the e-pod, you were allowed to choose 5 items to take with you…

If you would like to be considered for an Escape Pod Interview, please send an email to with EPod Request in the subject line. In the body of the email please list the following: – 

  • First Name
  • Last Name
  • Email Address
  • 5 sentences, each describing an object you would take with you and why it means so much to you
  • Website/Blog Address (only one please)
  • Purchase link to your book/artwork
  • Full addresses of up to 4 social media accounts
  • One sentence about your book / artwork
  • One sentence about yourself

You should receive an auto reply within 24 hours to let you know that your email has been received. If Freya is interested in your submission, she will request a photo of you plus a photo of your book cover / artwork. Please DO NOT send these with the initial email. Any emails with unrequested attachments disappear straight into her spam filter!

If you have not heard anything after 4 weeks, please assume you have not been selected.

Freya is happy to host a wide range of genres, she however is unlikely to host books/artwork that are classed as horror, violent, religious or extremist in any way. 

When Freya has enough EPods in the pipeline, the title of this page will show as Closed.

Guest EPods!
Richard Ankers
Shehanne Moore
Julie Palmer
Claudia Messelodi
Francis James Franklin
Claudia McGill
Sam Eastwood
M. Sakran
Elisa Choi
Sharmishtha Basu
Christy Birmingham
Jane Dougherty