80. Writer Advises: Eyes Open Wide to Notice the Nuances
Prue Batten writes award winning historical fantasy and fiction from her farm in Tasmania in her native Australia. After working as a journalist/researcher for Australian Broadcasting Corporation and raising a family, she writes and farms with her husband, who is also a communications consultant, in a cropping and grazing operation.
How Did You Start Using Your Talents?
“I can remember writing in grade 3 about imaginary worlds, things that interested me,” Prue recalls. ”I can’t recall ever not liking writing.” In the same way poets write poems, she used to write short spontaneous prose when something caught her attention. “That’s as far back as my memory goes.”
The Most Impactful Turning Point?
Dissatisfied with a librarian job, she walked up the street. At the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, she thought “I’ll go in there and ask for a job.” Hired on the spot for a human resources slot, she was a researcher three months later. “It was the best job of all time. I loved it.”
The Most Powerful Lessons Learned?
“I determined that I was always going to look at the world with open eyes, just be appreciative of what’s out there. I’d look at a sky or a leaf or a bird, and write a little thing in my head about that. It would help me appreciate even the smallest things.”
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