Prior graduated with a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in English Literature from the University of Queensland in 1984 and then gained a Graduate Diploma of Library Science from the Queensland University of Technology. She has worked as a librarian in both the public and private sectors. Prior has written books for children, including fiction, nonfiction and picture books. She has also written on and reviewed Australian children's literature. Prior's works for children reflect her interest in history and humour. She has lived in inner city Brisbane.
For information about this author's works for children not included in AustLit, see Australian Children's Books by Marcie Muir and Kerry White (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1992-2004).
Awards for Works
Lily Quench and the Magician's Pyramid2003single work children's fiction children's adventure fantasy 'Lily Quench is back! This time she must save her friend Queen Dragon from the bloodthirsty clutches of the magicians, and she and Queen Dragon must find the secret locations of the Eyes in Time before the magicians find them and imprison them forever' (Source: Libraries Australia record).
Lily Quench and the Lighthouse of Skellig Mor2003single work children's fiction children's adventure fantasy In their ongoing quest to find a way to close the Eye Stones and secure the land of Ashby from time-traveling invaders, Lily Quench and her friend Dragon Queen visit a group of mysterious islands where they befriend a lighthouse keeper and find a clue in a book with magical properties.(Libraries Australia record).
Lily Quench and the Treasure of Mote Ely2002single work children's fiction children's adventure fantasy 'Kidnapped and taken back into the past to a crumbling castle in the middle of a creepy marsh, Lily Quench searches for the long lost treasure of Mote Ely--and a way back to her own time. Locked in a dungeon, attacked by a dragon, and befriended by her eccentric great-great-great-great grandmother, Lily finds that enemies can sometimes be friends--and that old friends can unexpectedly turn into enemies' (Source: bookseller website).