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 silver medals and honourable mentions for my work and to have them ranking unbroken in the UK for the last ten wonderful months.

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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The sea and me…

Took myself off kayaking for an hour and a half this afternoon. Just me and the empty sea, a few pelicans, some cormorants, gulls and the very occasional whiffle of wind.

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Fencing…

I can’t believe that almost a week has passed since I posted on the blog. Does it really matter, I ask myself? Probably not.

Which prompts me to ask what is my blog actually for.

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I’ve got mail…

Some days are a test. Today was one such. Nothing bad – just nuisance value and one of those days when I curse the Fates for not playing the game my way. But my way is a selfish way, I suppose. And nothing good ever comes of being selfish, does it?

So there I was, bemoaning life, eating far too much dark chocolate and having my second glass of wine, and my email ‘bing-ed’…

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Back roads…

This weekend we left House and headed inland through all the back roads to a little village we happen to like quite a lot.

We passed a number of stone cottages like this.

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Trouvère…

I’m sure I’ve written before about a creative partnership between myself and Bopress Miniature Books – where I’m contracted to write a short story which is then printed, illustrated and bespoke-bound, to be offered as a limited edition to miniature book-collectors.

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It’s a unique partnership and one of which I’m immensely proud. Bopress’s work sings to me in so many ways – not least of which is the sheer grit, determination and artistry of the press.

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