Prue Mason grew up in Australia and traveled the world as a flight attendant on a private airplane with her husband, a professional pilot. They lived in Canada, and then the Gulf region of the Middle East for twelve years.
While there she worked as a writer, editing the memoirs of an Iranian lady who grew up in a wealthy but conservative family and who became a diplomat in the Shah of Iran's government before escaping to Dubai after the revolution. This book, Zelzelah, A Woman Before Her Time was published by Motivate Publishing in London and Dubai.
Prue also wrote articles and stories for a children's newspaper that was distributed throughout the region. She also wrote a counseling column in which she answered problems from mainly Indian, Pakistani, and Arab teenage readers—ranging from how to prevent pimples to how to get out of an arranged marriage. As a CELTA trained teacher, Prue also taught English as a foreign language to Arabic speakers.
Her first book for children, Camel Rider, is a best selling, award-winning novel based on her experience of life in the multicultural city of Dubai in the 1990s.
In 2005, Camel Rider won the Queensland Premier's Literary Award and was a CBC Notable Book for Younger Readers.
Read an interview with Prue Mason.