In a past life, I was a journalist/researcher who originally graduated with majors in history and politics from the University of Tasmania. But I’m now a cross genre writer who is also a farm-partner, dog owner, gardener, embroiderer and chief cook and bottle washer.

I’ve been fortunate – winning gold medals, silver medals and honourable mentions, a few samples of which are illustrated below. My list has also ranked almost unbroken in varying categories on Amazon.co.uk’s Top 100 e-books for almost its entire published life – in some cases, three years. That fact makes me pinch myself in disbelief quite often!

As a writer, I’ve been featured periodically in the Huffington Post and been interviewed on radio a number of times by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. In addition, I have a wonderful collaborative relationship with Bopress Miniature Books in the USA, writing short stories for miniature publications that are highly prized by collectors the world over. Also, in the future I look forward to collaborations with some of the most exciting writers – something we have chatted about frequently. Gone are the days of writing in isolation!

Perhaps not so healthily, I like wine, chocolate and cooking sweet things for the family. I mess about in my gardens where my mind switches to neutral and where I have dirt under the fingernails. I embroider to wind down and I walk with my Jack Russell because we both love being outdoors. If I’m truly obsessive about anything at all apart from chocolate, it’s an inherent need to be near the sea. I think I just may have been a sea spirit in a past life…



Prue Batten


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From the Blog


Cabinet of Curiosities…

How many other writers have interests completely divergent from their profession? Most I should say – if one asked.

In my own case, I have a number of interests (apart from dog-walking and reading). Anyone who’s followed the blog through the years will know that…

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Fight and Win!

Once upon a time, when I was in the middle of growing my first book, Book One of The Chronicles of Eirie, I became involved in a protest…

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GPS’s, blind alleys and life…

Or more specifically, the rough road of research.

What an adventure my journey with Guillaume has been to this date!

Especially with the twelfth century history of Lyon, France…

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Altered Sensibilities…

There is an internationally recognised art facility in town – MONA, the Museum of Old and New Art.


Till now, my husband and myself have always found other things to do than visit this fine collection. People would say ‘You haven’t been yet?’ and we’d sheepishly say, ‘No…’

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Claes, Tobias and alum…

It was alum of course.

If The Greek with the Wooden Leg hadn’t been so forthcoming and Claes hadn’t felt tantalised and the Charetty house hadn’t begun to trade in the highly valued commodity, then life would have been different…

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