Author Sarah Dessen – This Creative Life ep 27

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October 15th, 2013
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Does she really need an introduction? Okay, just in case: Sarah Dessen is a Good Morning America superfan, tweeter extraordinaire, deviled egg aficionado and, oh yeah, the author of eleven bestselling novels. She and I recently met on the cybernets to talk about her writing life and career. We discussed how publishing has changed since her first book came out in 1996 (before we all had cell phones! before we all had internet!), her steady-as-she-goes process (which I envy), and where to find the Lost Sarah Dessen Novel.

I felt especially inspired by this episode because Sarah has been in it for the long haul in an ever-changing business. She says, “I’m just going to keep putting one foot in front of the other and hope for good things.” That sounds doable!

Click to listen, right click to download, or subscribe in iTunes to easily get it onto all your devices automatically, or find it on the Stitcher app. Thank you for listening, for tweeting, liking, and sharing! Feel free to leave comments or questions here, or contact me about the podcast. (And I expect this episode will break my feed and may go temporarily down while I dig up some more bandwidth! Thanks for your patience!)

At the end of this episode, I put out a call to listeners to write to me about what being “at home in your work” looks like to you. I hope to hear from you via email, Facebook, twitter, or the comments!

Show Notes

Sarah Dessen official web site

Sarah on twitter

Watch Sarah’s GMA dream come true! (and briefly view her chickens)

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  • Heather - October 15, 2013 at 9:39 am -

    I really liked this interview! I learned things about Sarah Dessen that I didn’t know before. Thanks!

  • Juliette - October 15, 2013 at 10:16 am -

    Great interview! It was treat to hear one of my favorite authors interview another favorite.

  • Shari Green - October 15, 2013 at 1:59 pm -

    Loved the interview–thanks so much! *fan-girl squeal for Sara and Sarah* :D

    Being at home in my work…for me, I think this happens when I’m able to cast off expectations, close the door on my inner editor, and write from the heart. It’s when I’m writing what is most true for me (even if it’s fiction). It feels “right”, like my creative efforts and spiritual self are in harmony. I hope that doesn’t sound too out there, lol. The thing is, if I start worrying about marketability and what others may think of what I’m writing, it becomes terrifying and decidedly un-home-like! But being at home–being my true self in my creative work–feels awesome. :)

  • Denise Jaden - October 16, 2013 at 10:54 am -

    Loved this, Sara and Sarah!

    Being at home in my work: letting all the good, the bad, and the ugly come out and really not worrying about which is which until later. (This probably goes along with not showering or getting out of jammies as often as I should!)

  • Laura Kinnoin - October 19, 2013 at 11:42 am -

    Fantastic interview! I love Sarah Dessen, and I really enjoyed this interview!

  • Deborah Lakritz - October 20, 2013 at 2:30 pm -

    Sara, I really enjoyed this podcast! Both you and Sarah Dessen are writing role models for me and all I aspire to achieve professionally.

    Being at home in my work means the times when my creative life of writing, overall, feels in sync with the rest of my very full and busy life. Sometimes it may mean that getting 4 or 5 hours to write felt seamless and worked with all of my other responsibilities to my family (I have 5 children). Sometimes it might just be a feeling in the moment of, “wow, it’s so great to be sitting at this cafe with my laptop and writing another chapter!”

    On the subject of age and “up and coming” young writers, I would very much like to believe in what you said about good writing and good storytelling being timeless. I have to believe it in order to keep working–in any of my professional endeavors I’ve always believed that good work speaks for itself and I hope that it’s true in this case, as well.

    Again, thank you for this inspiring podcast!

  • BR - October 28, 2013 at 1:21 pm -

    Great interview Sara! I love how casual it was and the honesty in both of your voices and words. One question: You say “right click to download”. How does that work? What am I suppose to be clicking on? Thank you so much and I love your work both in book form and audio.

    • Sara - October 29, 2013 at 8:39 am -

      Oh, good question! I think wordpress has updated the way they do soundfiles, so now right–clicking isn’t an option the way it used to be. So you can listen from web site, or through iTunes or stitcher. Thanks for pointing that out!

  • Gisele LeBlanc - October 31, 2013 at 5:09 am -

    What a great interview, Sara and Sarah! I only recently discovered your podcast, Sara, and I absolutely love it. It helps to keep me motivated as a writer, and I need all the help I can get…lol. Keep up the awesome work and keep those podcasts coming! :)

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