An American-Brit in Switzerland, Nancy Freund writes novels, essays, poetry, and flash fiction. She has published two novels, Rapeseed (2013) and Mailbox (2015), an international cookbook, Global Home Cooking (2014), and pieces in numerous literary magazines and scholarly journals. She earned her BA in English/Creative Writing and M.Ed. from UCLA and her MSt, aka MFA, in Creative Writing from Cambridge University, UK.
Nancy Freund writes poetry, essays, and long and short fiction. She is is also an editor, speaker, prior English teacher, and mentor. Born in New York, raised in Kansas City, and educated in Los Angeles, she was married in England, and today lives in French-speaking Switzerland. She is the author of Foreword Reviews finalist for Book of the Year in General Fiction and Category Finalist for the Eric Hoffer Prize 'Rapeseed,' (Gobreau Press, 2013) 'Global Home Cooking: International Families' Favorite Recipes' which earned the Eric Hoffer Prize Honorable Mention (2014), and 'Mailbox: A Scattershot Novel of Racing, Dares and Danger, Occasional Nakedness, and Faith' (2015),which earned Writer's Digest Honorable Mention in Middle-Grade/Young Adult and Foreword Reviews INDIEFAB finalist recognition for Young Adult, as well as the indieBRAG medallion. Her writing has appeared in The Istanbul Review (Turkey), Blood Lotus Journal (USA), Offshoots (Switzerland), The Daily Mail (UK), Female First (UK), Lakeview International Journal of Literature and the Arts (India), Necessary Fiction (USA), The Ham Free Press (UK), Strands (India), The Sirenuse Journal (Italy), The Woolf (Switzerland), London Independent Story Prize (UK), togetherjournal (USA), Largehearted Boy (USA), Hobart (USA), Splonk (Ireland), Reflex (UK), Jellyfish Review (Indonesia), Takahe Magazine (New Zealand), Citron Review (USA), and Fictive Dream (USA), as well as 'The Radiance of the Short Story: Fiction from around the Globe' (USA) and 'Food, Migration, and Diversity: The Many Flavors of the Short Story' (USA). She has also had stories long listed, shortlisted, or selected the winner in several competitions, Her radio interviews have aired on BBC London, World Radio Switzerland, and Talk Radio Europe. She holds a B.A. in English/Creative Writing and an M.Ed. from UCLA as well as her MSt in Creative Writing from Cambridge University, UK.
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Nancy Freund began writing at age 9, with dystopian novel 'The Orange Invasion', hand-written on orange note paper. She then planned to become the first female goalie for the National Hockey League (age 10), owner of Barkadia Dog Hotel, (age 11), an English teacher, and the bareback rider of Warpaint, the Kansas City Chiefs' touchdown celebration horse. In the end, the horses and hockey skates were relegated to nostalgia. But she did enjoy several years teaching English, Reading, and Journalism in Los Angeles. More recently, she worked with Tanzanian scholars in Switzerland in International Baccalaureate language support. Her first foreign "pen pals" found through Rotary International were kids in India, Hong Kong, and the Philippines, and Nancy spent much of high school exchanging letters with foreign friends, one of whom became her husband. When she later worked in direct mail marketing as a list broker, she realized a sort of direct mail campaign led to her marriage, (now celebrating 30 years). Early social media -- with postage stamps.