How to pronounce Sara Zarr: Sarah Zarr (rhymes with car)
Sara Zarr was raised in San Francisco, and went to high school in Pacifica, California. When she was 25 she met up with authors and agents in an IRC chatroom, who inspired her to attempt her first YA novel ("I dont feel like I ever chose YA. It chose me", Sara says). Her goal was to have her first novel published before she was thirty; and three novels, two agents, and ten years later - six years late - Story of a Girl (2007) was published and was a National Book Award finalist. Six months later, she gave up her day job to become a full-time writer.
Today, she is the acclaimed author of three novels for young adults: Story of a Girl, Sweethearts (Cybil Award Finalist), and Once Was Lost (a Kirkus Best Book of 2009, Utah Book Award winner, INSPY winner). Her short fiction and essays have appeared in Image, Hunger Mountain online, Response, and several anthologies. Saras fourth young adult novel will be published in early 2012. She lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, with her husband.
This biography was last updated on 04/18/2012.
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Sara Zarr explains the stories behind her teen novels, Story of a Girl, Sweethearts and Once Was Lost
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