ABOUT PRUE

A former journalist from Australia who graduated with majors in history and politics, I’m now a cross genre writer who is also a farmer, dog owner, gardener and embroiderer.

I didn’t plan to be a writer in those early days, I was far more a reader. But like most writers, I’ve always written – seeing the world through the medium of the word. It was inevitable that I become an independent writer simply because I love being at the cutting edge of something and together with many other ‘indies’, being at the forefront of the New Age of Writing and Publishing is like being a sea captain in the Age of Exploration. And I’ve been fortunate – winning gold medals, silver medals and honourable mentions for my work and to have them ranking unbroken in the UK for their entire published life!

I try to make time for other things in life. I love wine, chocolate and cooking delectable cakes and biscuits. I mess about in my gardens, dirt under the fingernails and a plant catalogue alongside a cup of tea. I stitch (I love needle and silks) – to wind down. I walk (a lot) with the Jack Russells but more than anything, I like being on beaches, boats or the water – being by the sea is implicit for my writing to sing.

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Come on, get happy…

According to the media, the world is a pretty miserable place at the moment and I refuse to allow that to affect my life and how I live it because my part of the world is quiet with breathtaking vistas. It offers a myriad of beautiful things that cosset and nurture.

Life is too short not to be happy.

I no longer listen to the news on radio and TV. I’ve replaced all that with the silence of my garden and the birds that inhabit it or the sound of waves on the beach. For the car, there’s a collection of music and audio-books or I just talk to the dogs.

I choose to take pleasure in a few simple things.

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Cooking fattening food…

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And then walking.

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Dogs.

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Kayaking.

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The farm.

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Beaches and more of them.

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Embroidery – stitch by stitch.

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Gardens – every weed-pulling, soil-stirring and seed-planting moment.

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Sunshine. Lots of it.

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Writing – a true pleasure.

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Friends. From everywhere.

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And most importantly family… my daughter, my son and my hubbie. (I love this image of father and son at the farm yesterday.)

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Me? A writer?

The most astonishing thing!

I have written seven books and am on my eighth. All since 2006.

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One a year.

And published.

And they’ve won awards, ranked continually unbroken for over 12 months in the UK, secured more excellent reviews than not and I have met THE best readers in the world!

All this without sitting in a garrett and locking myself away from the world.

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I have appalling self-discipline. Open the drapes and see blue sky, show me the dogs and their leads and I am done, gone, the computer left whirring away alone. Most times I remember to press save, but there have been times when…

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Booze cruise…

Lest you think I’m a wine soak, I really must say I’m not. I can barely manage two glasses of wine in a day before I get sleepy and of no use to anyone.

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Medal winner…

What a week it has been in writing!

Not only have I reached the 10,000 word mark with Tobias, but Gisborne: Book of Pawns was awarded a gold medallion from the Book Readers’ Appreciation Group (B.R.A.G) in the USA.

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And today, that same book received an Honourable Mention medallion from the prestigious Readers’ Favorite Book Awards 2014, for Historical Fiction.

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Tales along the riverbank…

When I was young and TV had just begun in my home town, I fell in love with a little show called Tales of the Riverbank.

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 It wasn’t the animals so much, it was life on the river, a secret life. Little animals tucked away in the long grasses and shrubs of the riverbank and even better, animals that had adventures.

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In that once-upon-a-time, Dad would sit and read Wind in the Willows to me and Ratty and Mole became my heroes – particularly Ratty because of his love of the water and boats. I was a child of the water then.

Still am…

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And when my own children were young, we became devotees of the BBC TV production of Wind in the Willows.

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Head in sand…

Those who are my Facebook friends will know that I have become seriously tired of bad news. Of bad news online, on the TV, on radio and in the newspapers.

So much so, I choose not to engage with anything negative that is reported now.

Or anything negative, period.

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Yes, it might be ‘head in sand’ type stuff, but I don’t care. And this was underlined when a family member’s LinkedIn account was hacked last night and she received a plethora of images of the beheading. Such trauma inflicted on an innocent woman on the far side of the world – and presumably for no reason other than gratification for the perpetrator.

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