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This Creative Life with Sara Zarr

Author Sara Zarr in conversation with other writers and creators. We talk about process, psychology, career stuff, distractions, relationships with audience and social media, art meeting commerce, office supplies, snacks, technology, fear, shame, faith, doubt, and our moms.
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Dec 15, 2015

50! Episode 50! I'm so happy to celebrate this milestone with my guest Daniel Kraus, whose most recent book, The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch, was named one of Entertainment Weekly's Top 10 Books for 2015 shortly after we recorded this conversation. It's a meaty one, this conversation, from what it means to finish a project twenty years in the making, to the desire to divorce yourself from the reception of your work--if that's even possible--to building a career as a weekend novelist. We also talked about Daniel's filmmaking career, defying genre labels, going "off-brand", and the strange relationship between readers and writers on social media.

For show notes and additional resources, visit the episodes page at sarazarr.com

Theme music by Dave Connis

Dec 3, 2015

Jeanne Murray Walker is a poet, playwright, memoirist, and teacher. Most recently, she co-edited with Luci Shaw a book of essays on the topic of ambition by members of the Chrysostom Society. We talked about her experience as an ambitious young woman in the era of the "mythical character" of Betty Crocker, ambition and motherhood, and the problems of ambition without direction or models of what to do with it. My own relationship with ambition is quite fraught in ways that might warrant a sequel to this, and this conversation gave me a ton to think about--I hope you find it equally thought-provoking!

For show notes and additional resources, visit the episodes page at sarazarr.com

Theme music by Dave Connis

 

Nov 19, 2015

In this Very Special Episode of This Creative Life, Corey Ann Haydu and I talk about being adult children of alcoholics and how that can play out in both the creative and business sides of our careers, in positive and negative ways. As we mention in the conversation, the symptoms or traits we go over can also come from growing up in environments without substance abuse--for example families that are very rigid, perfectionistic, dealing with mental health issues, homes with raging/anger, families that have alcoholism in the family tree (though a particular generation may not actually drink), or homes where feelings are not expressed at all. 

We also talk about Corey's life as an actor before she came to writing, the particular challenges of being judged almost wholly by appearance in that field, and how acting and writing share a similar skill set.

For show notes and additional resources, visit the episodes page at sarazarr.com

Theme music by Dave Connis

Nov 11, 2015

Have you ever thought about co-writing some books with your mom? No? Well, if your experience could be anything like Brendan Reichs', maybe you should. Brendan is the co-author with Kathy Reichs of the Virals series--five books and a collection of novellas. What started as a way out of a horrible job became a career in something he's good at and enjoys, and he's now transitioning into solo novels. In this episode, we talk about collaboration, outlining, optimal placement of dry-erase boards, stress, and that one time in his lawyer life when he was admonished from the bench for being immature. And, of course, the pressures of proving himself now that he's writing on his own.

For show notes and related links, visit the episode's post at sarazarr.com

Theme music by Dave Connis

 

Nov 1, 2015

Justine Larbalestier is the author of half a dozen books for young adults in addition to her broader body of work writing and editing. Her most recent novel is RAZORHURST. In this episode we talk about how she got from academia to YA publishing, the pros and cons of the globalization of literature, repetitive stress injury and ergonomics, diversity in publishing (see: the lack thereof), and how her husband's optimism helped her make the leap to full-time writing. 

I give a big swearing warning in the intro and then Justine hardly swears at all! Disappointing.

For show notes and related links, visit the episode's post at sarazarr.com

Theme music by Dave Connis

Oct 14, 2012
No one can teach you to be you, and that’s the one thing you have as a writer. So saith Matthew Quick, author of two books for young adults and two books for adults (one yet unpublished but forthcoming), including The Silver Linings Playbook, which has been made into a major motion picture directed by [&hellip
Apr 2, 2012
Sara and YA author Antony John discuss the pros and cons of selling a project on proposal, how much industry info is too much, and what happens when you’re sick of your book… — My guest this episode is Antony John, the author of the YA novels  Five Flavors of Dumb and  Thou Shalt Not [&hellip
Mar 15, 2012
Bestselling YA novelist Stephanie Perkins chats with Sara about second-book mistakes and rediscovering the love… — Whoa, Nellie, I’ve actually done this two whole times now! Episode 2 is without music, to save myself some editing time. Also, as you will hear, I am not yet a precision editor, especially when my time is limited. [&hellip
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