Today is extra fun because an interview with just one special person is providing penpal potential with MANY characters!
Please tell us about you!
My name is Sarah Starr, and I’m 35 years old. I live in Torrington, Connecticut, in the northwestern corner of that tiny little state. For the time being, I work in an arts and crafts store, Michaels, and I live with my parents. I have one sister who lives elsewhere with her husband. I am a Mormon, the only one in my family, and I love to talk about religion — no matter what path you follow! The only thing I would request is that, if all you have to say about religion is “I don’t believe in what you do and I think you’re dumb for believing in what you do/your church is a cult,” then don’t write to me about religion :)
I am a passionate creative writer and actually correspond more as my characters than as myself! I have a vast range of characters, men and women, magic people and vampires, steampunk scientists and happy hippies, just to name a few! My email is TheStoryInYourEyes@gmail.com; please email me and ask me for the list of my characters and their pictures to choose one! You don’t have to write as a character; they are perfectly willing to write to you as yourself, and all I ask is that you treat them like any other penpal!
Your humble interviewee, at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens while visiting my sister.
Describe your personality in 10 words!
Intelligent, grammatical, charming, loving, bookish, shy, generous, anxious, funny and talkative (in a written form!).
How long have you been penpalling? How did you first start? Tell us about your first penpal!
I first had a penpal as a young child; her name was Lindsey and she was from Wisconsin, and it was through a school program. Later, in my early 20s, I had a penpal named Haruka from Japan, who sent me fantastic snacks in the mail. And now I’ve been a LEPeep since 2013!
Envelopes I made using my envelope punch board!
How many penpals do you have now and where are they from?
I have about 15 active pals right now (defined as, I’ve gotten letters from them this year!) but some of them write to multiple characters, or to me and multiple characters! I love it when people are enthusiastic enough to do that.
What are your favorite topics to discuss in letters?
Depends on the character. Phineas likes to discuss his family and his religion; Theodosia likes to talk about her opinions, her science and her pet birds; Florian likes to talk about pretty boys and the pursuit of pleasure; etc. For myself, I like to talk about my stories, my opinions, music, art, anything beautiful or fun.
My character Phineas Steadwell, from my steampunkish story “Daybreak”,
as rendered by Nick Robles.
What are you looking for in a penpal?
Someone who is willing to take my character thing seriously, treat them like they’re real, etc. Someone who will be honest and heartfelt, and allow me to be honest and heartfelt in return. I, and my characters, want to be your friend! We want people who will let us in.
The custom address labels I had made for one of my characters;
almost all of them have some.
What do you like the most about penpalling?
The ability to make friends from all over and the excitement of every day holding the promise of a present folded into an envelope; a message of love from another’s hands!
In what language(s) do you correspond?
English, though I can write in French all right and read it better. I love languages though and would love to sample yours. :)
One of my favorite poems, “Aedh Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven” by W.B. Yeats,
written in my handwriting.
What are some of your habits in regards to letter writing?
I write in the morning, with my cup of herbal tea at my side. I’d say my letters are medium in length, and I try to answer very fast, though I am not always successful. I love pretty stamps and stickers and they are found liberally on my envelopes :)
My characters Michael Slaiby and Arkady Luzhin (and their cat Pachemu!)
from my vampire story “Silver Key”, as rendered by Verna Jaaskinen.
Has anything strange/funny ever happened to you since you’ve been penpalling?
I think I’m the one making the weird requests, hehe. I think the post office thinks I’ve lost it, since I get mail for about 12 different people at my P.O. box!
Have you met any of your penpals?
Unfortunately not! I would really like to though.
An example of my passion for multiple stamps!
Are you currently looking for more penpals?
Always! There is always room beneath my pen for people who would like to be friends. :) My email is TheStoryInYourEyes@gmail.com.
If you are interested in being featured as our Penpal of the Week, please send me an email. I would love to interview you. Have a great week!