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Hours For Art Interview with Sara Zarr

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Today’s guest is Sara Zarr, a novelist in Salt Lake City, Utah. Sara has published three books for young adults (Story of a Girl, Sweethearts, and Once Was Lost) and the fourth is scheduled to come out this fall (How to Save a Life). She’s very insightful about the ins-and-outs of negotiating the writing life.


Right-click to download my interview with Sara Zarr

Sara and I talk about:

1:00 ~ How she made time for writing in her pre-publication days

4:30 ~ The first thing writers need to do (hint: it’s not “write 100 first chapters”)

5:30 ~ What convinced her to give herself permission to go for it as a writer

8:30 ~ The hard work that went along with that decision

10:20 ~ How she protected her identity as a writer in the early days

15:15 ~ The other moving parts of her career now and how they affect her writing practice

Such a pleasure to have Sara join us for the telethon. You can follow her on Twitter at @SaraZarr and check out her website at www.sarazarr.com.

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  • Shari Green April 20, 2011, 12:27 am

    Enjoyed the interview — thanks so much! Sara seems so down-to-earth and also wise about the need to take care of yourself & your creative life. (One thing I was glad to be reminded about was the need to protect my writing time! Thanks, Sara.) 🙂

    • Alison April 21, 2011, 4:13 pm

      Down-to-earth is a perfect descriptor. I’m glad we got to do an audio interview so people could hear just how down-to-earth she is, exactly as she was describing: writers are just regular people.

  • kathleen duey April 21, 2011, 4:06 pm

    Sara is such a great writer, kind, smart and honest!!

    • Alison April 21, 2011, 4:11 pm

      Isn’t she just?

  • We Heart YA April 21, 2011, 4:28 pm

    Ditto what Shari said. This is was a very inspiring thing to listen to, thank you both for sharing. 🙂

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