The Red Couch: Interview with Sara Zarr


Sara Zarr, author of Once Was Lost, answers your questions about that book, the writing life, finding the right audience for YA with spiritual themes, and what it’s like to live in Salt Lake City. Plus, she gives us a hint about what she’s writing next.

Thank you, Sara, for taking the time to answer our questions!

To learn more about Once Was Lost, read the introductory post. If you haven’t had a chance to read it yet, there’s still time! A live discussion will take place in our Facebook group this Sunday, Aug 30 at 6pm PST/8pm CDT/9pm EST. You can RSVP here or just plan to show up Sunday, Aug. 30.


Our September book is The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo. Come back Wednesday, Sept. 2 for the introduction to the book. The discussion will be Wednesday, Sept. 23.  For ongoing discussion each month, join The Red Couch Facebook group.

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Amy Peterson
Amy is a writer, ESL instructor, and Assistant Director of Honors at Taylor University. A wanderer at heart, she is practicing the discipline of stability on two acres of farmland in rural Indiana with her husband and two small children, as well as some pesky cats, beloved chickens, and a hive of bees. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, baking, mystery novels, road trips, french press coffee, and television.
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  1. Thanks for this interview Amy and Sara! I wish I had written my question about the song more specifically. She prefaced the book with lyrics by Over The Rhine and then thanks them for their song, “Idea #21 (Not Too Late)” in her acknowledgements for helping her to understand the questions she asked along with Sam. It would have been interesting to hear more about how that gave shape to the story.

  2. Great interview… thanks guys. Good job.

  3. Wonderful interview from two great writers!

  4. So great to get a sense of Sara’s personality! She’s one of my favorite people to follow on twitter – and I don’t even read YA (gasp!). Lovely conversation…

  5. Saskia Wishart says:

    Great job Amy, thanks for taking the time to create this.

  6. Amy! So glad that I took time to listen to this interview! Confirms for me that I will never be a fiction writer!! What fun to walk with Sara Zarr through her book-title-angst and to think about the reasons why we love YA.

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