Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Interview: Sara Walpert Foster

Each Wednesday is Wonderstruck Interview day. Hearing other people’s stories is a great way to see things from a different perspective and perhaps find something new to apply to our own lives.

This week's interviewee is writer Sara Walpert Foster.

Sara Walpert FosterWhat have you been wonderstruck by recently?

I was recently wonderstruck by how amazingly kind and helpful people were to my naturally quiet 15 year old daughter as she nervously pounded the pavement looking for a summer job. She told me how random people in the stores helped her figure out who to talk to and told her about what they liked or didn't like about a store or store owner. When she came home feeling energized after two hours of asking people she didn't know to offer her a job, and she told me about the experience, I felt inspired and hopeful about people and our world.

What part of your day are you grateful for?

Every day is different but if I had to choose, I am most grateful for first thing in the morning, when I'm in the kitchen alone, letting the dog out, making coffee, and waiting for everyone else to come down. I'm usually a little dreamy before breakfast, so I like that I get to slowly, routinely, and gently enter into my day.

What part of your day is tough? How do you move through it?

Late afternoon is definitely the hardest time of day for me. I'm exhausted from work and errands and all the other daily activities, and then, I have to think about making dinner and potentially whiny family members, who are also exhausted from their long days.

What do you wish your were more conscious of?

Everything. Even in my little world of family and friends and writing and activities, there is so much to appreciate, and I find I use the "I don't have the time" excuse far too often. On the days I allow myself to stop and go deeper either in a conversation or in research or in observation, I am always glad that I did.

How do you stay focused on what is truly important to you?

I am a homebody married to Mr. Social, so it has taken years to find the balance in my life, but I feel like I am there much of the time now. Age is a teacher that guides you to appreciate yourself and what you need to make your life whole. I've learned to say no even when pressured if saying yes will take me away from what matters most to me. So much of being able to stay focused on what is truly important to me rests in my acceptance of who I am, warts and all.

About Sara Walpert Foster:

I write because I am fascinated by people and because it comes more naturally to me than talking. Somehow, ideas and thoughts that are jumbled in my head flow out of my hands organized and articulate. Not always but more often than not.

Currently, I am revising a novel that takes the story of the FIDDLER ON THE ROOF and turns it on it's head. An ancient violin sends a woman on a journey back to her family where she discovers the truth behind the troubled childhood she thought she'd left behind long ago.

My blog: http://sarawalpertfoster.com
My twitter handle: twitter.com/sarawfoster

8 comments:

  1. Lovely interview, ladies. Your WIP sounds fascinating, Sara. Hope I get to read it some day.

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  2. This was wonderful! So glad to get to know Sara a little better. :-)

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  3. How wonderful for your daughter to have an experience like that! People always amaze me in both positive and negative ways. It was nice getting to know you a little better. :)

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  4. It's weird for me to see my photo so large on somebody else's page. Yikes!

    Sherri - Thanks so much for having me here. As I've already said, I really enjoyed answering your questions.

    Liv - I, too, hope you will one day read this novel. Plans are for final draft by end of summer. Hold me to it, please!

    Rhonda - I hope I didn't reveal too much. I have to say that I've loved reading these interviews each week. It's so nice to see where you connect with others in thought and action.

    Tami - And she got a summer job. YAY!

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  5. Nice to get to know you and your family better, Sara. Your daughter deserves credit for doing something that is hard for all of us. And as for Mr. Social...I am married to one of those, too. He knows everybody he runs into in grocery stores, the post office, the mall, and whatever place he finds himself. Me? I go along for the ride, and I meet a lot of nice people. (He has lived in this area much longer than I have.)
    Looking forward to reading your book.

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  7. Really, really enjoyed pulling up a chair and having this peek into your world, Sara. I'm always amazed [though I probably shouldn't be] by the similarities in how writers think and *do* their daily lives. Uniquely different and yet so familiar...

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  8. Very enjoyable interview, and I especially liked the part about Sara's daughter looking for a job. It's nice to be reminded there are friendly, helpful people out there and that they're actually not all that hard to find :)

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