Writer Zibby Owens, an NYC-based mom of four, interviews and chats with other writers about their work.
Here's the Latest Episode from Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books:
Reema Zaman shares her intimate stories as a woman recovering from years of mistreatment from the male hand and how she has turned to love to channel those feelings. From Bangladesh to Seattle, Reema covers the globe searching for herself as an actress to an activist. Her voice alone is worth listening to!!
Listen to Ali Wentworth as she discusses parenting teens, writing personal stories, surviving an acting career and the "shame" of a happy marriage!! Watch us chat live at https://vimeo.com/337424313.
Virginia Sole-Smith tells the harrowing tale of her infant daughter's near-death illness, how it affected her daughter's eating for years and what she learned in the process. Virginia shares reams of research in her book and gives super helpful tips on how to get kids to eat properly!!
Jennifer Robson's beautiful work of historical fiction takes us behind the scenes of the royal wedding (Queen Elizabeth's!!) to the stories of the dressmakers. Jennifer talks about her love of history, her research, her writing and more!
Marisa Ramel Bardach talks about losing her mother and how it took her 19 years to publish this "mother-daughter memoir," alternating chapters between her teenage self and her mother who was battling pancreatic cancer. A coming-of-age story, Marisa's book is unforgettable. Get the behind-the-scenes writing story here.
Listen to debut novelist and bright, shining talent, Claire Gibson, as she discusses the road to BEYOND THE POINT. This novel of female friendships that began at the West Point Military Academy tackles faith, service, love, family, the military and so much more. Claire is delightful, open, honest and relatable, sharing some of her dating foibles, her interviews with previous cadets, her religious grounding and how she crafted her cinematic, impactful novel.
Kate Hope Day, debut author of IF, THEN, a powerful look at an Oregon community when time changes shape, talks about motherhood, writing, "Sliding Doors," her background and so much more!
Famous creator of the "Cathy" comic strip, Cathy Guisewite shares her ridiculously funny, laugh-out-loud tales of daily annoyances, like getting stuck in a sports bra. She weaves these relatable moments through her tale of trying to help her aging parents and her college-bound daughter and finding herself useless, not to mention her commentary on gender. Listen to her discuss her book, but then go read it. It will make you laugh until you cry.
Steven Rowley talks about his fabulous novel, THE EDITOR, about a writer who sells his manuscript to Jackie O. The antics that ensue are hilarious and poignant. They speak to mother/son relationships in a memorable, clever way. THE EDITOR also explores same-sex relationships in a frank, respectful, beautiful manner. Steven discusses all, plus his publishing journey!
Listen as Jamie discussed themes in her latest novel, DRAWING HOME, including loss, divorce, mothering teens, art, vaping and more!
Listen to bestselling, prize-winning author, Celeste Ng, author of LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE and EVERYTHING I NEVER TOLD YOU. Celeste talks about her process for inventing characters, her fear of loss, her own mom, what she keeps on her desk, what she's working on, and her terrific tips for aspiring writers.
The hilarious, refreshing Helen Ellis makes me laugh out loud in this light-hearted conversation about her decades in the publishing industry and being a Southern girl transplanted in the Big Apple.
Pamela Paul gives the inside scoop on what qualities a book needs to make it into the 1% of submitted books that are actually reviewed! She talks about her lifetime love of books, why kids and adults should be bored more often, how she got her current job and much more!
Claire Bidwell Smith's memoir, THE RULES OF INHERITANCE, covers her profound loss of her mother, the subsequent death of her father and all the ways she coped with both of those. It's searing and unforgettable. Listen to Claire as she talks about her feelings, her experiences and her current remarriage.
The legendary children's book author and illustrator, Chris Van Dusen, shares his secrets to painting, writing, storytelling and more!!
Nell Freudenberger, whose first collection of stories, LUCKY GIRLS, was published when she was just 26, has a new novel out in April 2019: LOST AND WANTED. As one of the New Yorker magazine's "20 under 40" to watch, Nell has spent the past 20 years in the literary spotlight. Listen to what that was like for her, how she writes, where she finds her international inspiration, love stories and more.
Lynda Cohen Loigman paints a clear picture of the WWII homefront as she spins a tale of two sisters and how they navigate the world and their relationship. Listen to Lynda's story of writing this beautiful book!
Nora McInerny takes a lifetime of loss and turns it into an inspiring, humorous tale especially as she remarries and blends her new family after losing her first husband.
This beautiful, dark novel by Anissa Gray brings up issues of family, prison, right and wrong, the past, eating disorders and so much more. Listen as Anissa discusses her motivations for writing, her characters and her own past.
#1 bestselling Kindle author, Camille Pagan, does it again with a fantastic, thought-provoking novel about motherhood, what happens when it gets to be too much, marriage, honesty and more.
Susan Conley's beautiful novel, ELSEY COME HOME, takes place in China and shows a dark side of motherhood, addiction and more.
Listen to Falguni Kothari as she discusses how she fell into writing fiction, what it's like to have written in India and the U.S. and more!
Dr. Darria Long Gillespie, doctor, mother, TV personality and powerhouse, shares 100+ research-based hacks for moms plus her own advice (running is her sanity!). Her book, MOM HACKS, will help any mom find her way.
#1 bestselling author of THE HAPPINESS PROJECT, Gretchen Rubin discusses her latest book on pub day: OUTER ORDER INNER CALM. She gives tips and strategies for decluttering, explains why it will have such a huge effect, loss, parenting, and more!
Listen to cake maker extraordinaire, Elisa Strauss. As founder and head designer of the NYC bakery Confetti Cakes until 2010, Elisa went on to compete in and then judge many Food Network and reality TV cake competitions in between writing her two cookbooks. Listen to how she got her start, how she mastered her craft, following her passion and managing her family at the same time.
New York magazine editor, Carolyn Murnick, wrote a chilling, crime-reporter style memoir about the death of her childhood best friend, Ashley. It takes readers across LA, NJ and the whole country as Carolyn researches the criminal mind, her friend's life, the meaning of childhood friendships, the male gaze and more. We discussed all of it, including how the media can glamorize the criminals. This thought-provoking episode will make you question everything.
Sharon Rowe, founder and CEO of Eco-Bags, one of the first re-usable shopping bags to hit the U.S. market 20 years ago, talks about her secrets to managing it all: running her own business, parenting, exercising and more. With actionable, reasonable tips, Sharon's book reads like precious advice from the mentor you wish you had.
Hillary Frank, award-winning host of the podcast, "The Longest Shortest Time," shares tips from moms across the country in her book, WEIRD PARENTING WINS. Listen to this radio expert as she discusses her recent NY Times op-ed piece, her foray into podcasting almost a decade ago, her secret parenting tricks and more.
Bestselling author, Daniel Pink, changes the way we think about timing in his latest book, WHEN: THE SCIENTIFIC SECRETS OF PERFECT TIMING. Learn about "the cappuccino," when to work out, when to have important meetings, when to get married (and divorced) and more! His TED talk on motivation had 20 million views!!
Hilarious author, John Kenney, winner of the Thurber Prize for American Humor for his first novel, TRUTH IN ADVERTISING, talks about his tongue-in-cheek poetry collection LOVE POEMS (FOR MARRIED PEOPLE) from the New Yorker magazine (perfect for a Valentine's gift!!!), career, marriage, his latest novel, TALK TO ME, social media, the need for kids to be bored, writing and much more!
Irreverent, bad-ass, personal development guru, Gary John Bishop, gives advice on finding your best self, writing, parenting and getting out of your own way.
Listen to blogger and author, Lindsey Mead, as she discusses her fabulous new collection of essays from writers like Jill Kargman, KJ Dell'Antonia and Lee Woodruff called ON BEING 40(ish). We talk about writing, parenting, essays and more!
Rowan Ricardo Phillips is the author of the amazing tennis chronicle, THE CIRCUIT: A TENNIS ODYSSEY. Listen as Rowan and I talk tennis, poetry, writing and more!
Ali Katz, author of One Minute to Zen: Gp From Hot Mess to Mindful Mom in One Minute or Less, helps parents everywhere regain their equilibrium! With meditation exercises, visualizations, advice and so much more, Ali is the mindfulness coach you could only dream about. Listen in as she shares her secrets to sanity!
Listen to Real Housewives of New York star, Jill Zarin, and her sister, Connecticut Probate Judge and Radio Show Host, Lisa Wexler, and the three of us talk shop. From dating through the seasons to carrying a sweater at all times, these Jewish mothers' advice is right for all types. The sisters' banter is hilarious!
Jessica Turner is the author of THE FRINGE HOURS: MAKING TIME FOR YOU, a best-selling book, and is the founder of lifestyle blog, The Mom Creative (www.themomcreative.com). Her latest book, STRETCHED TOO THIN: HOW WORKING MOMS CAN LOSE THE GUILT, WORK SMARTER AND THRIVE, came out in September 2018. Listen to us chat about survival strategies for overwhelmed moms, how to help your marriage survive kids, and when moms can really find time to read.
Sarah McColl is an absolutely beautiful writer whose word choices and sentences I call attention to in our conversation. Her memoir, JOY ENOUGH, was published two days ago (Jan 15, 2018) and is one of the most elegant memoirs I've read, similar to A YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING by Joan Didion. This ode to her mother and examination of their relationship also incorporates Sarah's troubled marriage, her food career and so much else. Listen to us chat, two similar women, recognizing parts of ourselves in each other.
Debut author, Kathy Wang, talks about the amazing success of her first novel which sold in a highly notable book deal! FAMILY TRUST, a novel about an Asian-American family going through the illness of their family patriarch, includes themes ranging from fidelity, professional failure, loyalty, parenting and more. Kathy's experience working in Silicon Valley informs her stark portrait of the tech industry in this beautiful debut work.
Listen to the dynamic duo, Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen, co-authors and best friends, as they discuss their secrets of collaboration. Their first project, THE WIFE BETWEEN US, has been optioned by Amblin Entertainment and their newly released book (January 8th, 2019!!), AN ANONYMOUS GIRL, was already sold as a TV show! Greer used to be Sarah's editor at Simon & Schuster and edited seven of her solo novels. This episode is like listening to two close friends and experts share best practices - and we get to listen!
Delia Owens, bestselling author of WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING, Reese's Book Club Pick of September 2018, talks about her life in the wild, the importance of female friendships, mastering Instagram and how it took 10 years to publish this amazing novel.
Gemma's Hartley's book, FED UP. Emotional Labor, Women, and the Way Forward, tackles gender relations and roles by way of the housework! Gemma's article on this topic in Harper's Bazaar got 2 billion views! Listen as she discusses how to make marriages equitable.
This absolute page-turner, MR. NICE GUY, was written by two super nice people! Jennifer Miller and Jason Feifer, an adorable husband and wife team, wrote this quick-paced, of-the-moment novel about a sex columnist and her subject. It's really about the magazine world, New York City, excess and publishing.
Listen to fabulous, open, honest author, Rebecca Soffer, open up about her parents' deaths, how she coped with loss, her website, ModernLoss.com, and tips she gives for what loved ones can do to help others with a loss. She co-authored, MODERN LOSS: A CANDID CONVERSATION ABOUT GRIEF. BEGINNERS WELCOME, with Gabrielle Birkner.
Natasha Solomons will delight with her British accent and lush re-telling of what HOUSE OF GOLD is about. This sweeping novel about a WWI-era European Jewish banking family and what happens when the war hits has already been optioned by the same TV production company that did "Downton Abbey." Listen to Natasha talk about parenting, writing, Europe and more!
Author and journalist, TAKE THE LEAP, shares her findings about choosing the best career, finding your path in life and how to write a great profile!
Listen to the award-winning, best-selling author of PACHINKO, Min Jin Lee, as she talks about writing, reading, teaching, parenting, Korea, not giving up, heartbreak and more.
Writing legend, Anne Lamott, shares her thoughts on writing, dieting, parenting, hope and more!
Listen to recently re-elected Senator Kirsten Gillibrand as she discusses modern-day women's rights heroes, politics, parenting and more! Her new children's book, BOLD & BRAVE: TEN HEROES WHO WON WOMEN THE RIGHT TO VOTE, is inspiring and beautifully illustrated by Maira Kalman.
Jo Piazza, podcast host of "Committed," travel writer, award-winning journalist and author of CHARLOTTE WALSH LIKES TO WIN and HOW TO BE MARRIED, shares her thoughts on the midterm elections, what it's like for women to be in political office, parenting, and what makes a marriage work among other gems!
Clinical psychologist, Rebecca Schrag Hershberg, Ph.D., author of THE TANTRUM SURVIVAL GUIDE: Tune in to Your Toddler's Mind (and Your Own) to Calm the Craziness and Make Family Fun Again, outlines the whys and hows of managing your child's behavior. Listen as she gives fantastic, tactical advice and commiserates as a fellow mom.
This is a special episode of my podcast, "Moms Don't Have Time to Read Books." I'm reading my own essay, which I wrote and published (on Kveller.com) in response to the Pittsburgh shooting yesterday. I hope hearing it helps, just a little, in these horrific times.
Listen to journalist and author, Molly Flatt, talk about how technology influences our lives, how she delivered her baby in her bathroom (!), why she decided against moving to the suburbs and how many times she threw out and rewrote her 100,000 manuscript before it got published!! You can follow her on Twitter @mollyflatt.
Dr. Beth Ricanati shares her tips for women's wellness from her medical practice and shares why baking challah every week is the ultimate stress mitigator. Her book, BRAIDED, has a fabulous recipe and many stories to inspire every woman... and baker. Love, loss, bread. For the video version of this podcast, visit: https://vimeo.com/295046897.
Georgia Clark, author of THE BUCKET LIST and three other novels, writes about "feisty, flawed, funny women." In this book, she writes about a 25-year-old woman in NYC who is diagnosed with the BRCA1 gene mutation and has to decide whether to get a double mastectomy. To make the decision, she creates a "boob bucket list."
Jeff Norton, award-winning author, writer, producer and founder of Awesome Media and Awesome Reads, talks about his latest novel, ALIENATED: GROUNDED AT GROOM LAKE. Special guest interviewer: my 11-year-old son!
Madeline Puckette, author of WINE FOLLY: MAGNUM EDITION, talks about working as a husband/wife team, how to host a wine tasting party, why her first book experience was so difficult, and what to look for when tasting different wines.
Artist/Author/Stylist/Branding Guru, Kate Schelter, opens up about her way of seeing the world as a composition, her family life, the 1980s, writing, motherhood and style. CLASSIC STYLE is a perfect gift, a book that will make you smile just from seeing the illustrations.
Listen to this life-changing interview with author, Ingrid Fetell Lee. Ingrid explains the 10 simple ways you can use your environment to add more joy to your life! Simple yet utterly profound!!! Her non-fiction book, JOYFUL: THE SURPRISING POWER OF ORDINARY THINGS TO CREATE EXTRAORDINARY HAPPINESS, is well-written, thought-provoking and surely the next big thing.
Jeanne McCulloch opens up about the experiences behind her compelling, beautiful memoir, ALL HAPPY FAMILIES. She talks about the backdrop of the book - the house by the sea in the Hamptons - and how something beautiful can be both a prison or a dreamscape. She discusses her father's alcoholism and its effect on her long-term, her mother's insistence on propriety at all costs, and how to write about family in a memoir in the best way possible. A gifted story-teller, Jeanne weaves stories together with art and grace.
Glynnis MacNicol, author of NO ONE TELLS YOU THIS, talks about the year she turned 40, her decision not to have children, the stress of the school run - even as an aunt!, dealing with her mother's dementia, text-only relationships, women's roles in literature and how she coped with burn-out!
EXPLICIT LANGUAGE! James Frey, the #1 best-selling author of A MILLION LITTLE PIECES, MY FRIEND LEONARD, BRIGHT SHINY MORNING, FINAL TESTAMENT OF THE HOLY BIBLE and many others, brings you his latest adult novel in 10 years, KATERINA. Listen as we discuss addiction and recovery, sex, writing, family and how he feels about the controversy surrounding his first memoir.
Susie Orman Schnall, author of THE SUBWAY GIRLS, THE BALANCE PROJECT and ON GRACE, talks about work/life balance, careers, living in the moment and her writing habits. Her series of celebrity interviews about work/life balance has informed her discussion and made her realize that there is no one "right" way to do this! THE SUBWAY GIRLS, her latest novel, uses a dual story line to illustrate some compelling narratives and issues facing women over the past 100 years.
Gail Honeyman, author of ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE, talks all about her New York Times best-selling debut novel. Gail discusses loneliness vs. solitude, manicurists vs. dog groomers, alcohol vs. household items, and who she'd want to star in the Reese Witherspoon-produced movie version!
Amy Blumenfeld talks about surviving childhood cancer and turning her experience into a novel, THE CAST, to help others. While this beautiful story is mostly about issues facing women and men in the 40s, the childhood cancer element frames the story and adds a poignant twist to an otherwise smart beach read. Our talk was personal, meaningful, and definitely worth listening to.
Susan Verde, a self-identified author, mom and yogi, has written some of the most lyrically beautiful children's books -- that help adults with anxiety too! Simple, elegant and captivating, Susan's books about mindfulness, I AM HUMAN, I AM YOGA, I AM PEACE, are a must read for all parents and children. Her many other books, like ROCK 'N ROLL SOUL, are fantastic too!! Listen as she gives wellness tips, tells her publication stories and calms ME down!
Lyss Stern, author of MOTHERHOOD IS A B#TCH, gives LYSS-eners 10 steps to save their sanity! Lyss's tongue-in-cheek, relatable, inspiring book made for fantastic conversation. The CEO and founder of DivaLysscious Moms (www.divasmoms.com) helps everyone feel more fabu-lyss!
Listen to KJ Dell'Antonia tell it like it is in HOW TO BE A HAPPIER PARENT: Raising a Family, Having a Life, and Loving (Almost) Every Minute. This first-person-narrative-meets-advice-book provides practical, actionable tips that all parents can appreciate. The former editor of the Motherlode blog of the New York Times, KJ combines research, anecdotes and personal experience to create this modern-day parenting bible.
Listen as the hilarious Mara Altman talks about her book, GROSS ANATOMY: DISPATCHES FROM THE FRONT AND BACK, which comes out today (August 21!!)! Mara discusses the ins and outs of chin hair, waxing, PMS, and lice, not just from her experience but by interviewing experts around the world. Today she talks about her twins, her relationship with her mom and how she totally messed up training her dog. Relatable and inspiring, Mara will make every woman come to terms with every part of herself. While laughing.
Be prepared to cry. Listen to lawyer and writer, Jon Henes, as he discusses the devastating impact of his mother's Alzheimer's disease. His essays on Medium.com about it are deeply moving, beautiful and poignant. Our conversation touches on life and death, the soul, parenting, family, love and what it means to remember.
Listen in to this LIVE podcast from Author's Night, the East Hampton Library benefit, to fabulous Florence Fabricant, the uber-important food and wine writer and editor of the New York Times. She talks about her latest cookbook (of 12!), her favorite dish to cook (hint: it rhymes with my-yay-ya), how she went from stay-at-home mom to rock star food writer in the 1970s and her tips for cultivating kids with sophiticated palettes.
Listen in to this LIVE podcast from the East Hampton Library's Author's Night benefit!!! Legendary interior designer, Ellie Cullman, of firm Cullman & Kravis, talks about how she started her business, losing her best friend, the best bang for your buck when decorating, and what's on her wish list.
Rev. Lydia Sohn, a 30-something Southern California minister (who says she's "not that kind of minister"), wrote an article for Medium.com called "What Do 90-Somethings Regret Most?" She interviewed her elderly congregants and found some surprising things about happiness, parenthood, love, body image and life in general. In our conversation, Rev. Sohn shares tips for a happier parenthood, decision-making tips, marriage hacks and more actionable advice to live a meaningful life.
Rosie Walsh is making her US debut with GHOSTED, a novel set in Stroud, Gloucestershire, where she was raised. (It was actually called THE MAN WHO DIDN’T CALL when it came out in England.) A former documentary filmmaker, a huge animal lover and a new "mum" herself, Rosie talks about dropping her pseudonym (Lucy Robinson) and using her real name for this novel, how she structured it, how tough it was to actually write, and her tricks for getting over a "Bad Writing Day."
International best-selling author, Jill Santopolo, talks about writing THE LIGHT WE LOST, her strategies for crafting a successful book (short chapters!), how she writes anywhere and everywhere but always schedules it in, why she started writing and editing for kids, and what's coming next for her, including an appearance at Author's Night on the East End on August 11th.
Jen Oliver is the Canada-based founder and CEO of FitMama, a movement empowering women to love their bodies while focusing on pre and post-natal care, even decades post-partum! The author of "The Love FitMama Way: Transforming the Core of Motherhood," Jen uses her fitness training, nutritional counseling expertise and healing arts to help moms look and feel good about their bodies. Listen to our chat as Jen and I interview each other for our respective podcasts (hers is called: FitMama). Listen in!
Chef, food stylist, author and instructor, Lauren Costello, shares some of her French Culinary Institute-trained well-earned tips from her books, "Notes on Cooking" and "The Competent Cook." One tip: just say yes to everything! She reveals some food styling secrets, how to make breakfast kids will eat, and the importance of putting a little love into every dish.
Pushcart Prize winner, Rebecca Makkai, talks about her latest novel, THE GREAT BELIEVERS, the story of a man facing the 1980s Chicago AIDS crisis as well as the story of a mother searching for her lost daughter in 2015 Paris. This beautiful, interwoven tale paints such a vivid picture of an intimate relationship, a time and place, and a mother's love. Rebecca shares what gives her "writer goosebumps," her use of dramatic irony (remember that term from school?!), and what she wished other women wouldn't ask her at book readings. She also gives specific advice to aspiring fiction writers.
Wall Street Journal Contributor, Andrea Petersen, shares her research and personal experiences from her book, "On Edge: A Journey Through Anxiety." She gives tips for how to raise less anxious children, how to help loved ones with anxiety and when to leave your kids alone in the house.
Priscilla Gilman, author of "The Anti-Romantic Child" and former assistant English professor at Yale and Vassar, talks about raising her autistic son, coping with divorce, managing her career and finding happiness, all the while weaving the wonderful words of Wordsworth throughout her story.
Courtney Maum, author of "Touch" and "I am Having So Much Fun Here Without You," talks about her unique professional path to becoming a writer (Corona party promoter in Paris!!), her meeting with a professional cuddler, how she accidentally came up with her novel ideas and the eternal quest to stock the fridge.
Poet and author extradordinaire, Kwame Alexander, speaks off the cuff about love, life and writing. A best-selling author and Newbery Award winner for "The Crossover," Kwame has written 25 books including "Rebound," "Booked," and "Solo." His work is intended for middle grades/young adults, but as a grown-up, I absolutely love his work. (I cried, repeatedly.) He blends sports and poetry in a unique way which provides "instant access to humanity." Hear about Kwame's plans, his work in Ghana, his future books and his thoughts on the NFL's taking a knee.
Allison Pataki, author of memoir, "Beauty in the Broken Places," and best-selling historical fiction books, "Sisi," "The Traitor's Wife" and "The Accidental Empress," shares her story of coping with her husband's unexpected, massive stroke at age 30. She shares her vulnerabilities, her advice, and her thoughts on how faith got her through that horrific time in her life: caring for both her husband (then with the cognitive capabilities of a teenage) and a newborn.
Aimee Molloy, author of instant best-seller and amazing novel/thriller, "The Perfect Mother," as well as several other non-fiction books, talks about managing the anxiety of new motherhood, mom "tribes," inverted nipples (?!), writing while hiding from her kids, and how she found out about her book being #5 on the best-seller list.
Dylan Lauren talks about her love of color and candy, how she's raising her "twin"kies, fitting in her workouts, managing her retailtainment empire, writing her first book, how 9/11 affected the launch of Dylan's Candy Bar, her bunny love and more!
Novelist Caitlin Macy (pronounced "CaiSH-lin"), author of Mrs., Spoiled (Stories) and The Fundamentals of Play, talks about unspoken class distinctions, her own family's fall from wealth, what it takes to make Upper East Side moms stop googling Hamptons real estate, and how she tries to get her daughter to wear socks. She references so many books and authors, it's hard to keep up with her huge, literary mind.
Best-selling author, Dani Shapiro, author of nine amazing books (both memoirs and novels), talks about her secret to great writing, the app everyone needs to be productive, which sentence about her husband she rewrote over and over again and the family secret in her upcoming book from Knopf. (Cliffhanger!)
Jennifer Wallace, TV commentator and award-winning journalist for the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal and many women's magazines, discusses her recent WSJ article, "The Teenage Social Media Trap." Armed with many recent studies, Jennie gives tips on how to manage kids' social media and gives some cautionary warnings. She also discusses how she broke into newspaper reporting, how her girlfriends were instrumental in helping her back into journalism after she took seven years off to raise her three kids, and how to appear calm, cool and collected on air. Plus she shares her secret to finding time to write without distractions!
Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and best-selling author, Charles Duhigg, shares his insightful research to help this mom change her habits and parent more effectively. Charles explains the brain's way of forming habits, unlocks the secret to stopping them and puts his words into action. He also reveals his methods to crafting amazing stories (hint: structure!) and shares what it was like to get the call telling him he'd won a Pulitzer! He also gives tips on how to be more productive (hint: fewer emails!). His amazing books, The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business and Smarter Faster Better: The Transformative Power of Real Productivity are both New York Times Bestsellers.
Sarah Mlynowski, best-selling author of 35 books including the Upside Magic and Whatever After Young Adult series (ask any kids ages 8-14 and they'll know about them!), talks about magic, getting into the teenage brain, how her parent's divorce shaped her, and the future of princesses. Listen with or without your kids!
Piper Weiss, author of You All Grow Up and Leave Me, recounts the chilling story of her experience with her former NYC tennis pro (and child stalker) Gary Wilensky. One of “Gary’s girls,” Piper starkly and beautifully weaves together her coming-of-age memoir in the 1990’s Manhattan private school scene, fighting her own demons, while unknowingly dealing with a real demon right in front of her. The book is a grand slam. This episode showcases Piper’s soulful talent and sheds light on a national child predator case, sadly a precursor to other monsters who have followed in Gary’s footsteps.
WARNING: BAD LANGUAGE!!!! DON'T LISTEN IN THE CAR WITH YOUR KIDS.
Jill Kargman, author of multiple books plus creator/writer/star of "Odd Mom Out," speaks in her unique, hilarious, irreverent way about the ins and outs of parenthood. She dishes about writing for TV versus novels, discusses how she keeps her kids from being spoiled and raves about what she's reading now.
Lauren Smith Brody, author of The Fifth Trimester: The Working Mom's Guide to Style, Sanity and Success After Baby, shares her own experiences (and relevant studies) about going back to work, trying not to fight with her husband, childcare options, "mom guilt," how to look and feel better, and attempting to not turn into her mother. Lauren has started a movement in the workplace advocating on behalf of new moms and offers workshops, personal sessions for moms and more. Check out www.thefifthtrimester.com.
Sarika Chawla's article, "How I'm Raising My Kids to Have a Healthy Relationship with Food, Despite My Eating Disorder," from the Washington Post's On Parenting section, outlines her experiences and gives suggestions for managing a relationship with food and parenting. She speaks openly in our interview about her struggles and how she's handling raising her own two children now.
Cristina Alger discusses what it's like to be a native New Yorker (including what types of girl "friends" to watch out for), parenting and writing through loss and hardship, and how she achieved such a compelling single dad point of view in one of her books. She also gives a sneak peek at her next several projects and lends some advice to aspiring novelists. And she makes me laugh.
Dan Lotti, singer/songwriter of amazing band, Dangermuffin, talks about his writing journey, his inspiration and his family.
Andre Agassi speaks candidly about his tennis career, fatherhood, pushing through pain, writing to make sense of his life, changing education, addressing dyslexia, and finding true meaning through his philanthropic work.
Lea Carpenter speaks candidly about the behind-the-scenes of her book, Eleven Days, published by Knopf, her path as a writer and editor, the military, and how she became a warrior mom herself.
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