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Interview: Leonora Pruner, Author of In the Aerie of the Wolf

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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”?

My “writing mood” is best fostered by an absence of distractions. I write in my room, which is the only place available to me, amid the clutter brought on by too much stuff in too little space. Radio and television are not on while I am doing any creative writing, which includes rewriting and editing. My attention wanders at the least opportunity, and there are enough interruptions by “real life” thrusting into my space.

What are you reading right now?

The Triumph of Grace by Kay Marshall Strom

Who are some of your favorite authors and/or books?

Agatha Christie, C.S. Lewis, Jeffrey Archer, Kay Strom, Donna Crow, Ian Pears, Georgette Heyer, Mary Stewart

If you could meet any author, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

It would be great to have a conversation with C.S. Lewis. He always seems to bring a new aspect to any subject with humor and depth. His writing is profound. Talking with him would stretch my mind in new, exciting directions.

Okay, here are a few “get to know you better” questions:

Please share with us a favorite memory.

Witnessing a granddaughter graduate from university with a Phi Beta Kappa key around her neck along with two honors from her department! Wow!

What are some of your favorite ways to relax?

Enjoying a toasted, multigrain English muffin with a cup of fair trade coffee.

If you could only read books by one author, who would it be? *I know, this is an inconceivable thought, lol.

C.S.Lewis because of his insight and surprising ways of expressing truth.

Share with us a few of your dreams. Also whether they have been fulfilled or are still a work in progress.

Having one of my Economics students (in grade 10) do well. It was fulfilled last night by a friend calling me from overseas to say that a former student had just been inaugurated to being the Finance Minister! What a joy!

What are some of your guilty pleasures?

Extra dark chocolate is that. What a relief to learn that it is good for my health because of all the antioxidants it contains – if I can overlook the calories, which I don’t need.

If you could leave the world with one piece of advice, what would it be?

Realize that there is more to life than what appears and truth is far more than “the facts,” observable or testable.

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