Literary Birthday – 3 October – Sara Zarr


Happy Birthday, Sara Zarr, born 3 October 1970

Quotes

  1. Your greatest creation is your creative life. It’s all in your hands.
  2. 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.
  3. The one reader I’m trying to please as I write is me, and I’m pretty difficult to please.
  4. 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.
  5. When the remembering was done, the forgetting could begin.
  6. We write in ways that, we generally hope, reflect real life, or at least look familiar to humans. And in life, recurring themes are a recurring theme. We never quite conquer a pet vice or a relationship pattern or a communication habit. We’re haunted by our particular demons.
  7. 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.
  8. I don’t like to do too much psychological research because it might turn a character into a patchwork.
  9. 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 is an American writer. Her first novel, Story of a Girl, was a 2007 National Book Award finalist. It was made into a television movie in 2017. She has published six novels, including Sweethearts, and her most recent book, Gem & Dixie.

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Source for quotes: BrainyQuote

 by Amanda Patterson