Welcome, Prue Batten.
How would you describe your writing style in only three words?
Prue: Luscious, 3-D, surround-sound.
If you could have a relationship with one of your fictional characters who would it be and why?
Prue: Gisborne! He’s so broodingly Heathcliff and infuriatingly good-looking!
If you had to exist for a week in one of your books … which would it be? Would you be a central character or simply watch the story unfold from the sidelines?
Prue: Tobias. As yet unpublished. (July 2015)
Dead or alive literary dinner party: who would you invite, and what would you serve?
Prue: Dorothy Dunnett without doubt. She remains the doyen of hist.fict in my opinion and is reputed to have had a wicked sense of humour. JK Rowling because I love Harry Potter and admire what JKR has done for literacy amongst children. I also admire her philanthropy. Christian Cameron, because he is a super-charged hist.fict writer who makes no bones about experiencing everything for his characters. His knowledge is formidable. For sheer fun, I would have to invite Jilly Cooper. She has the best tongue-in-cheek of any writer I’ve read and she moves in circles of which we can only dream.
I’d serve my mother-in-law’s slow cooked lamb roast (4-5 hours cooking) with a roast veggie salad and lots of herbs and for dessert – Reine de Saba which is a posh way of saying chocolate almond cake. It would be served with thick cream from a local dairy farm and berries from our own garden. And the wines would be Tasmanian whites and reds.
If you had to write in a different genre which would it be and why?
Prue: Happy children’s books. With even happier pictures…
What do you dislike the most about being an author?
Prue: John Hudspith said ‘writer’s arse.’ With me it’s writer’s neck.
Prue: Gallimaufry … roll that round in your mouth.
Prue Batten was in the chair: Author of The Gisborne series & The Chronicles of Eirie series.