ABOUT PRUE

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…

Cheers!

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Please feel free to ‘like’ my Facebook page and my Pinterest page and to comment on my blog, and welcome to my books and my writing life…

From the Blog

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Breathing the sea…

 Today we went boating with a family friend.

We loaded the boat with youngsters, not-so-youngsters, and we oldies, and whilst motoring over to Okehampton Bay, site of the proposed intensive salmon farm, we started chatting about family culture…

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‘Wide is his blow…’

“Click go the shears boys, click, click, click,
Wide is his blow and his hands move quick,
The ringer looks around and is beaten by a blow,
And curses the old snagger with the bare-bellied yoe…”

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It’s very quiet in the shearing shed, the day before shearing. Especially on a quiet winter’s day where the light sparkles. It’s something special after almost a year of drought, to gaze out upon green paddocks and pasture beginning to grow…

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Licence to party!

Social Licence. It sounds like approval to have a good old knees-up with friends, doesn’t it? A bit of a bash with those you know are likely to make you feel good. A party. And it’s not that not far off the mark…

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Where else in the world…

It’s a phrase a dear friend used when he and I stood on Long Point at Maria Island, on a day just like this.

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Our respective families were not far from us, having fun, swimming, fishing, looking at life through a sea-lens. The day was perfection. He put his arm across my shoulder, and with his other arm, swept it grandly to indicate the Mercury Passage and Maria Island.

He grinned as if he was sharing a secret and said, ‘Where else in the world?’

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Fair Weather? Absolutely…

I met Barbara Gaskell Denvil via Facebook. As one does. We’re both hist.fict writers and we actually live quite close to each other in the Australian way. She’s an hour’s flight and then an hour’s drive away from me, but that’s pretty close to being neighbours. Barbara’s a former mainstream writer who has chosen the independent route – like many others –  and with her new book, Fair Weather, about to be released, I thought I should like to interview her…

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