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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From the Blog

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Whispering Gallery…

Dorothy Dunnett has been my icon for many years – to any who have followed me on my blog or on my professional Facebook page, they will know that I consider her the doyen of historical fiction, surpassed by no one.

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I first discovered her one lazy September about twenty years ago. My children were on school holidays at the time and we were staying at House on the coast and I needed reading matter. Our village has a super little state government-funded library and our family haunted it through the school holidays. It always supplied what we needed, from toddlers right through YA to the adult years…

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Dark and Dangerous…

Dark Mofo – Tasmania’s winter solstice festival that lasts ten days. Filled with on-the-edge art installations, a beautiful winter feast, astonishing creative thinking far outside the square and setting a buzz in our town when we could all slump in a heap with a dose of S.A.D’s…

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An hour?!

Tonight I had to have an MRI on my leg and ankle. It was a night time appointment because at the private hospital at which it was done the MRI machine is used for in-patients in the day and ‘others’ at night. And in addition, there are only three MRI machines in our city.

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I trotted along dressed in trakkie-daks, windcheater and runners thinking it’s only my legs, I’ll only have to rip the daks and shoes off and she’ll be apples…

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Yin and Yang…

It’s strange how life is so very yin and yang.

The last few days have been filled with excitement (Huff Po pieces, radio interviews and books being re-released for i-book, Kobo and Nook etc.)

But then our beloved dear girl, our oldest Jack Russell, had a further retreat into Doggy Alzheimer’s and we knew it was time…

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Life on the land…

A huge day working on the farm today. Too tired to cook dinner so we will have fish and chips…

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Too tired to write Tobias out of his next trauma. Almost too tired to write a blog.

Instead, as the mellow yellow of late afternoon cast it’s caul over the farm and the shadows lengthened and the light became soft and dream-filled, I took my camera and tried to let it write a blog for me…

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Dank, dark and medieval?

I often wonder how I got myself so deeply entrenched in the twelfth century. If one takes the TV or movie image of that era, it’s represented by mud, damp and ell upon ell of brown or taupe cloth which has been hastily cut and roughly sewn together to make tunics.

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