I interrupt the regularly scheduled broadcast (aka the IWU Blog Tour) to bring to your attention one of the most MARVELOUS indie authors I’ve had the joy to meet: Prue Batten.
‘She lives in Tasmania, has a pet Tasmanian Devil called Gisborne, eats kangaroos’ testicles, has the most ridiculous one-star ever awarded on Amazon, and wrote a novel on Twitter…’
Believe it or not, most of it is true. My husband and I own a farm so we do have lots of kangaroos around, but the testicles? Ugh! As to the Tasmanian Devil? I wish I did have one for a pet, but as recently reported in the Huffington Post, http://huff.to/f3zxSd the poor little things are suffering the ravaging effects of a disease that is bringing them to the edge of extinction. Better the scientists and conservation zoos look after them than me. And I do have a one star rating on Amazon… a woman bought my first book thinking it was an embroidery book despite the blurb and then gave ME a one star despite Her mistake. And yes, myself and 50 others wrote a Jane Austen style novel on Twitter which was mentioned by The Times (UK) no less.
Me in a nutshell!
A couple weeks ago Prue hosted me on her blog Mesmered. It was a great deal of fun and I just thought I’d return the favor. So, without further ado …
First and most important, if you were a Star Trek® (or Star Wars®) character, which one would it be and why?
Any of the ewoks (because their homes in the trees fascinate me) or Chewbacca because basically I love hairy things (see comment below on Twilight) and one of our rams sounds like Chewy when he bleats.
I gotta admit, those Ewoks are awfully cute! What’s your ideal full-time job (apart from writing)?
I’d love to be the wardrobe mistress for The Hobbit in New Zealand, preferably looking after the dwarf wardrobe if I get to have a choice. My reason for this is that Richard Armitage (Thorin Oakenshield) in his mad bad roles has inspired Finnian in A Thousand Glass Flowers.
Richard Armitage … sigh. What are you doing when you’re not writing?
I’m a farmer amongst other things. It’s a pretty good life and one I wouldn’t change until I’m too crippled to walk. My husband and I are partners in a sheep property in Australia, growing superfine merino wool for which Australia is famous.
When I’m not farming? More than anything I love the ocean so I kayak, boat and swim. Perhaps I’m a water-wight. I swear I see water-wights as I paddle. Then again, they may be the white pointer sharks that feed around our coastline!
What/who do you read for pleasure?
Myth and folktale-based fantasy. Aaaand I’ve just read the Twilight Saga (rather late to the party I know, but I wanted to see what the hype was) and really enjoyed it and have decided I love Jacob. I love hairy things, you see! Actually I may have committed a sacrilege on my blog because I have compared Finnian of the Færan with Jacob and Edward under the title The Twilit Triumvirate. Twilight referring to the age-old description of the witching hour and Triumvirate because, well… you’ll see. But don’t be mad at me!
LOL! We not only allow sacrilege here, we encourage it! I am definitely anti-sparkle but I know a hot man when I see one. ;-)
Describe your book in three sentences.
Two people… one an extraordinary young woman, the other an embittered immortal man.
Both seeking concealed spells that could annihilate Life.
In a quest through a world where Others lace their way in and out of the lives of mortals, this is a story of legend, love and clashing ideals, a story of murder, regret and revenge, a story that journeys across a world too hauntingly like our own.
That sounds like an amazing story. I notice there’s some paranormal/fantasy goodness in your work. Have you always been interested in the paranormal?
To be honest, no. But in writing about the creatures of myth and fable, I consider they are all paranormal beings so the interest widens with growing research and knowledge. Who could not be fascinated with the fey? Of all kinds.
My first ever historical fiction/hist.romance/hist.fantasy. Based on the legend of Guy of Gisborne and a long way from the legend as we know it (no mention of Robin Hood or Maid Marian at all). So I suppose I’m not straying that far from fantasy really… because of the legend thing.
Definitely look forward to reading that. Especially after the aforementioned Richard Armitage!
Now for something more personal. Do you prefer chocolate or parma ham?
Chocolate. Any brand, any shape, any size and every day.
Amen, sister! Coffee or tea?
Tea: herbal. Preferably chamomile.
Wine or whisky?
Wine, white, preferably a fine chilled Tasmanian chardonnay. A Lubiana by choice.
Favourite flavour of ice cream?
Can I have two? Chocolate and boysenberry. I owe Spencer Tracey for the boysenberry (Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner), the chocolate I found on my own.
When it comes to ice cream, two favorites is definitely allowed.
If you ruled the world, what are the first three laws you would pass?
Freedom of Faith, freedom of speech, freedom for women and children globally.
If and when Armageddon strikes, what three items will you take into the fallout shelter?
Only three? Sigh. Chocolate, my dog(s), my family. Not in that order.
You’re dying and a vampire offers you eternal life – as a vampire. Do you take the offer?
No, I’d rather have the werewolf. See above for the comment on Twilight!
Name three things Heaven has to have (otherwise you’re getting reincarnated ASAP):
White wine, chocolate and werewolves.
Yes, please on all three! lol What three things should our world have that would make it a better place?
Tolerance, contentment and belief in one’s fellow man. (And maybe a belief in the fey? They do exist you know.)
Last, but not least:
Dragons or unicorns?
Unicorns but keep the werewolves away.
Yeah, don’t think werewolves and unicorns would make a good mix.
Thank you very much, Prue!
Find Prue’s blog here.
And her books:
The Stumpwork Robe
The Last Stitch
(The Stumpwork Robe and The Last Stitch are also available in paperback on Amazon.)
A Thousand Glass Flowers