52 episodes

Author Sara Zarr in conversation with other writers, with a focus on the practical and psychological aspects of creativity, the creative process, and the strange landscape where art meets commerce. Past guests include the author of If I Stay, Gayle Forman; literary agent Michael Bourret; and filmmaker Scott Derrickson.

This Creative Life with Sara Zarr Sara Zarr

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Author Sara Zarr in conversation with other writers, with a focus on the practical and psychological aspects of creativity, the creative process, and the strange landscape where art meets commerce. Past guests include the author of If I Stay, Gayle Forman; literary agent Michael Bourret; and filmmaker Scott Derrickson.

    Documentarian and Adoptee Advocate Angela Tucker - Ep 51

    Documentarian and Adoptee Advocate Angela Tucker - Ep 51

    "Vocation is the place where our deep gladness meets the world's deep need." Frederick Buechner said that, and it's a quote I thought of when prepping to talk to Angela Tucker, the subject of the documentary Closure and the woman behind The Adopted Life, a blog and forthcoming episodes/mini-documentaries for that blog. A self-described private person and introvert, Angela has made her story public and herself vulnerable in the interest of educating people about transracial adoption and building community for transracial adoptees like her.

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

    Theme music by Dave Connis

    • 35 min
    Daniel Kraus - Ep 50

    Daniel Kraus - Ep 50

    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

    • 58 min
    Jeanne Murray Walker and Ambition - Ep 49

    Jeanne Murray Walker and Ambition - Ep 49

    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

     

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    Corey Ann Haydu and Adult Children of Alcoholics - Ep 48

    Corey Ann Haydu and Adult Children of Alcoholics - Ep 48

    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

    • 57 min
    Author Brendan Reichs - Ep 47

    Author Brendan Reichs - Ep 47

    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

     

    • 42 min
    Author Justine Larbalestier - Ep 46

    Author Justine Larbalestier - Ep 46

    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

    • 46 min

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Love it!

Thank you Sara for this inspirational, supportive, entertaining and educational podcast! I've listened to the first 12 so far and love them all! I'm a fan!

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Sara Zarr is honest and inspiring, and her interviews with authors are thought-provoking and helpful to aspiring writers and other creatives. Thanks Sara for putting this out in the world!

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