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Sara Zarr

American,  Writer
Total Quotes : 26
Thought Featured Ya

I didn't 'decide' to write YA, per se. But every time I thought of a story, it featured characters 15, 16, 17.

- Sara Zarr

Identity Crisis Everyone

Everyone has an identity crisis when they are 16 or 17 years old.

- Sara Zarr

Small More Forward

I'm not really a plot writer - I'm more interested in the characters and sort of small events that propel the story forward.

- Sara Zarr

Always Active About

I'm always in a place that is sincere but conflicted about different things that come with being a Christian and being an active, churchgoing Christian.

- Sara Zarr

Love Romance Some

Family or love or romance, whatever it is, is not restricted to perfect people. If it were, it wouldn't exist. All of that comes out in my work in some way.

- Sara Zarr

Through Badly Feels

I do have a little bit more confidence in - or at least familiarity with - my process. For example, when it feels like it's going badly or that I'm lost, I know I'll eventually find my way because I've been through it before. But writing itself is still hard.

- Sara Zarr

College Career Pursuit

It's hard to say when my interest in writing began, or how. My mother read to my sister and me every night, and we always loved playing make-believe games. I had a well-primed imagination. I didn't start thinking about writing as a serious pursuit, a career I could have, until after college.

- Sara Zarr

Feel I Think Years

I wouldn't say I'm stuck in my adolescence, but I think, like a lot of people, I carry my teen years with me. I feel really in touch with those feelings, and how intense and complicated life seems in those years.

- Sara Zarr

Way Fiction Least

I wanted to be free to write the way I wanted to write, and my impression of Christian publishing, at least in fiction, was that there wasn't room for what I wanted to write.

- Sara Zarr

Which Very Might

One of my favorite authors is Robert Cormier. He was a devout Catholic and a very nice man, which might not be the impression you get from reading his books.

- Sara Zarr

Father Always Classical

My parents met in music school and my father was a music professor and conductor. Growing up, we always had classical and contemporary music playing. There was a lot of Mozart and the Beatles.

- Sara Zarr

Like Psychological Might

I don't like to do too much psychological research because it might turn a character into a patchwork.

- Sara Zarr

Bring Through Began

My books usually end where they began. I try to bring characters back to a point that is familiar but different because of the growth that they have gone through.

- Sara Zarr

Other Been Almost

My books have been translated into various languages and sold in other countries, but I never have any contact with the foreign publishers and am so disconnected from that process that it seems almost imaginary. With 'How to Save a Life', I worked closely with Usborne editors and have been involved in the publicity.

- Sara Zarr

Work Mind Bad

Is it good, bad, or neutral to recognize thematic patterns in your own work? When it comes to recurring themes, I'm of the mind that knowledge is probably not power, at least in terms of the work.

- Sara Zarr

Listening I Remember

I remember being in high school and listening to Vivaldi's 'Winter' and being so overwhelmed with emotion.

- Sara Zarr

Real Real People Whole

The characters are whole, real people to me that I'm getting to know, and since real people are all flawed, so are my characters, I hope.

- Sara Zarr

Voice Doing Took

I was a 'learn by doing' writer - I never took any formal writing classes. So it took a long time to figure things out and find my voice.

- Sara Zarr

Book Suffering Again

There were about ten years of trying, failing, trying again, suffering rejection, etc. My first published book, 'Story of a Girl', was the fourth book I wrote.

- Sara Zarr

San Francisco Francisco

I have no desire to go back to San Francisco.

- Sara Zarr