If you’re into YA lit, then you probably know Sara Zarr. Everyone (myself included) seems to agree she’s pretty much The Best. Sweethearts is one of the most complex, heartbreaking books I’ve ever read, and The Lucy Variations (which I just finished!) is stellar, too. Basically what I’m saying is that Sara Zarr is great and you should all be reading her books. BUT! She’s also killing it on the podcast front, and if you’re a creative type you need to check out This Creative Life.
In each episode, Sara talks to a writer–most often a YA writer, but not always–about what they do. They talk about their work in real-life terms that are neither depressing nor fantastical. I mean, personally I hate hearing about writers who say their writing is just a job, like just a thing they clock into and get done and that’s it. But I also hate hearing authors say their writing is this dreamy, magical thing that just sort of flows through them and gives them no trouble at all. The podcast presents writing as something sort of in-between…a job, yes, but a job that sometimes has small spots of magic.
Some of my favorite episodes are those with Stephanie Perkins, Bennett Madison, and Tara Altebrando. And I’m currently listening to Aaron Hartzler’s episode and loving it. I don’t know, guys, they’re all good. I love hearing writers talk about their processes, their inspirations, and their challenges. If you’re into that, This Creative Life is gonna be your new favorite podcast.