Sara Zarr’s “This Creative Life”

This morning, as the caffeine was just beginning to take effect, Anne and I appeared as guests on This Creative Life, a podcast hosted by young adult novelist Sara Zarr.

Here’s how she sums up the show:

… I’m thrilled to bring you a conversation with Jeffrey Overstreet and Anne Doe Overstreet, who are a talented and inspiring pair. I’ve known them for years and have always deeply admired the life they’ve built for themselves, in which creativity is integrated into all aspects and is perhaps, along with their shared faith (and maybe the cats), the driving force of their marriage. I loved hearing more specifically how they take care of each other and how their very different temperaments add up to a whole that is far greater than the sum of its parts. They are truly a couple who sees the world from the perspective of “we”, in a way that still honors their individual selves and goals.

We talked about day jobs, burnout, how they survived several years of Threat Level Orange, and their plans for 2013.

Due to the low-budget Overstreet Internet connection, the sound quality fluctuates a bit. (Sorry about that.) But we packed a lot of conversation into the program. Sara is a smart host, a thoughtful interviewer, and, well, we’re big fans. So it was an honor to be on her show.

Want to hear it?

Her previous guests include filmmaker Scott Derrickson (The Devil’s Knot, Sinister, The Exorcism of Emily Rose), film critic Scott Renshaw, author Matthew Quick, and quite a few more.

We didn’t talk about… well, there are a lot of things we ran out of time to talk about. We didn’t talk much about The Glen Workshop, where we met. And I might write up a post about some of the things we would have addressed in a Part Two (writing rituals, moments that changed our lives as writers together, some of the “best practices” we’ve learned along the way, what we think of Sara’s novels).

But we did cover a lot of ground, and I’m grateful for the opportunity.

And by the way, if you haven’t read Sara’s novels… get on that. Look her up on Amazon and start by ordering Story of a Girl and How to Save a Life. Her new novel, The Lucy Variations, will arrive in just a few months. I can’t wait.

Thanks, Sara!

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About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet has two passions: writing fiction, and celebrating art — music, cinema, photography, literature — through writing and teaching. He is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” — Through a Screen Darkly. And his four-novel fantasy series, The Auralia Thread, which begins with Auralia's Colors, was published by Random House. He speaks at universities and conferences around the world about understanding art through eyes of faith. He is earning his MFA in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University, where he has worked for 11 years as an editor, writer, and communications project manager. His work has been recognized in The New Yorker, TIME, The Seattle Times, IMAGE, Ravi Zacharias International — and Christianity Today, where he served as a film journalist for more than a decade. He recently began a weekly column called "Listening Closer" for Christ and Pop Culture.