Leonora Pruner was born in Dubuque, IA, but raised in California during the Second World War. Ms. Pruner went on to graduate from Westmont College then on to earning an MBA from Pepperdine University in 1981. Writing has been a deep love for Ms. Pruner since she attended Junior High.
In 1981 and 1987 Leonora Pruner published Love’s Secret Storm and Love’s Silent Gift, both period novels. During the time period between 1987 to 1997, Ms. Pruner lived in the Republic of Maldives where she spent time collecting folklore and teaching economics and computer science. It was while she was there that Leonora Pruner wrote the first drafts of Close to His Heart andThe Aerie of the Wolf on her computer.
You can learn more about Leonora Pruner and her work by visiting her publisher's website.
Please tell us a bit about your book: In The Aerie of the Wolf - characters, plot, etc.
How might a young woman feel being forced to wed an unknown man and having to travel from her sunny Georgian home in the south to an isolated castle in distant Yorkshire? And also, Anne Crofton must leave the young clergyman, whom she loves. Her fiancé’s misshapen steward is sent to broach and conclude the deal and bring her safely to his home. However, she does not meet him on her arrival, but encounters him in a moonlight garden where he remains so deep in the shadows, that she gains no idea of his appearance. The anticipated wedding on the morrow is delayed by the poisoning of the officiating clergyman. Someone does not want this marriage to take place. Anne struggles with fears and uncertainty in this strange, ominous place. While awaiting the arrival of a new clergyman, she is taken on a tour of the castle and its secret passages within the walls. And there is the mysterious old portrait of a woman whose white hair matches Anne’s. Neither the wedding nor the lethal sword fight climax the story. There is much more.
If you could meet, in person, any of your characters, who would it be and why?
Probably, Lord Wolverton would be the person. While I did create him, it would be interesting to talk with him and explore more of what contributed to his overcoming some tremendous calamities in his life and becoming a towering, heroic person instead of a twisted, bitter man. He is a deep person, with a strong character and sense of integrity and a good sense of humor.
Do you have any particular habits that you do while writing? Places you write the best, foods, drinks, etc that help set your "writing mood"?