Sara Sargent is an Associate Editor at Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Children’s Books. She started her publishing career as an intern at Miramax Books before eventually interning at Disney/Hyperion Books for Children, getting her Master of Science in journalism from Northwestern, and joining the editorial team at Harper. She is also Chair of the Young to Publishing Group. Her authors include Rosamund Hodge, Sangu Mandanna, Marcy Paul, and Kiki Sullivan. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram at Sara_Sargent. Sara lives in Brooklyn.
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What is your idea of happiness?
A quiet mind.
What is your favorite song? When do you first remember hearing it?
Picking a favorite song is like picking a favorite book: I can’t. But one song I love is Van Morrison’s “Queen of the Slipstream” because it reminds me of nights in college when my roommate and I would stay up too late studying, eat too much pizza, and stress too much about grades. When we got punchy we’d listen to that song and be less worried about the state of our lives. Looking back, that stuff mattered so little.
On what occasion do you lie?
Getting out of plans.
What is your present state of mind?
My flight back to New York from Vancouver is delayed three hours right now. I have been moving slowly through the five stages of grief, and am nearing acceptance.
What character trait do you most value in your friends?
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
Your favorite painting?
Portrait of Madame X by John Singer Sargent.
What is your favorite time of day?
With which literary hero or heroine would you most like to share a coffee?
What do you need to achieve before you can die happy?
Creating a loving, lasting home.
What’s your favorite journey?
The walk back to my desk after a successful Acquisitions Meeting. Or whatever plan trip/train trip/car trip I’m taking on a Friday night en route to a weekend getaway.
Who or what is your first love?
What’s the last dream you remember?
I just know it took place in a big, empty mansion.
What’s your madeleine?
Everything about autumn.
Without thinking, in one word: what is life?