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Writer Zibby Owens, an NYC-based mom of four, talks to other writers about their work.

Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books Zibby Owens

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Writer Zibby Owens, an NYC-based mom of four, talks to other writers about their work.

    Joanna Guest, FOLDED WISDOM

    Joanna Guest, FOLDED WISDOM

    Joanna Guest is the author of Folded Wisdom: Notes from Dad on Life, Love, and Growing Up,a beautifully illustrated collection of morning notes written by her father. Joanna shared the the story of how the notes began, the lessons we can all learn from her Dad’s sweet wisdom, and what pushed her to leave a career in politics to write this book. This episode will certainly inspires you to grab a pen and paper and write a note to someone you love!
     

    • 32 min
    Alexandra Silber, WHITE HOT GRIEF PARADE

    Alexandra Silber, WHITE HOT GRIEF PARADE

    Grammy-nominated actor and singer Alexandra Silber is the author of White Hot Grief Parade. This unique memoir details the six months surrounding the death of Alexandra’s father and her experience with grief at an early age. Alexandra and I chatted about her need to create a grief resource for young adults, writing books in between scenes in a Broadway dressing room, and what it truly means to stand back up after an emotionally traumatic experience. Grab your tissues; this one is a tearjerker. Alexandra has appeared on stage internationally and regionally from the West End of London to esteemed venues like Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, and on Broadway. Her most recent role on Broadway was as Tzeitel in Fiddler on the Roof which inspired her first novel After Anatevka: A Novel Inspired by "Fiddler on the Roof". 

    • 34 min
    Suzanne Falter, THE EXTREMELY BUSY WOMAN'S GUIDE TO SELF-CARE

    Suzanne Falter, THE EXTREMELY BUSY WOMAN'S GUIDE TO SELF-CARE

    Suzanne Falter is the author of The Extremely Busy Woman's Guide to Self-Care, a how-to tale that helps women slow down and tune in. During this emotional conversation, Suzanne and I chatted about the first steps to self care, the painful loss of her daughter, and the journal she discovered that inspired her to start writing this book and living her best life. Suzanne is an author, speaker, novelist, and host of the "Self-Care for Extremely Busy Women" podcast. She is the author of nonfiction books The Joy of Letting Go, How Much Joy Can You Stand?, Surrendering to Joy and the LGBT fiction series' Transformed and Oaktown Girls. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Self, Fitness, and other publications.

    • 25 min
    Dolly Alderton, EVERYTHING I KNOW ABOUT LOVE

    Dolly Alderton, EVERYTHING I KNOW ABOUT LOVE

    Dolly Alderton is the author of The Sunday Times best-selling memoir Everything I Know About Love. This coming-of age-story told in very short chapters chronicles Dolly’s 20s and the various dysfunctions and disasters that manifest through her love life. I really enjoyed chatting with Dolly about growing up in the UK but longing for American culture, her previous struggles with an eating disorder, and the many amazing creative projects she is working on. This woman seriously does it all! Make sure you catch Dolly’s truly fantastic advice to writers at the end of our discussion! Dolly has been a freelance journalist for The Sunday Times, Marie Claire, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Elle, GQ, and many other publications and she wrote a dating column in The Sunday Times Style section. Dolly is the cohost and co-creator  of "The High Low," Britain’s leading women’s podcast, and the podcast miniseries called "Love Stories." She has two scripts in development, including the TV adaptation of this book. Dolly has been featured in Forbes’ 2018 "30 Under 30," The Elle List, and many more. Listen to her back story! 

    • 37 min
    Sara Shepard, PRETTY LITTLE LIARS

    Sara Shepard, PRETTY LITTLE LIARS

    Sara Shepard is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of Pretty Little Liars, The Lying Game, The Perfectionists, The Elizas and The Heiresses. Her latest book, Reputation centers on a very prestigious university, an Internet security hack and what happens when everyone's secrets are on display for all to read. Sara and I chatted about why she always includes a murder in her books, the party she crashed that led to a writing career, and the truly crazy experience when Pretty Little Liars became a television series on Freeform!

    • 26 min
    Sarah Hurwitz, HERE ALL ALONG

    Sarah Hurwitz, HERE ALL ALONG

    Sarah Hurwitz is the former head speechwriter for First Lady Michelle Obama and senior speechwriter for President Barack Obama. She was also the chief speechwriter for Hillary Clinton on her 2008 presidential campaign. Sarah’s book, Here All Along: Finding Meaning, Spirituality, and a Deeper Connection to Life--in Judaism (After Finally Choosing to Look There) is her account of exploring Judaism as an adult and sharing what it offers for our modern lives. Sarah and I chatted about the role of meditation and mindfulness in Jewish culture and Sarah’s unique writing and editing tricks. I loved getting the inside scoop of her life as a speechwriter! Sarah is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School and has been featured on The Today Show, NPR, and in The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, and People.com. She was named one of the Forward's fifty Jews who impacted American life in 2016 and 2019. 

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

clairecgibson ,

Love Everything About This!

Zibby does such a wonderful job asking insightful, creative questions of her guests. As a professional writer myself, I love hearing the inspiration and work process that each author on her podcast employs. I love making time to listen, and it inspires me to make time to read more books!!

Lovalovas ,

Audio recommendations

Love your discussions with the authors. Only been listening for a little while. Some books are better read and other are great in audio. Would love your recommendations about the books presented as to audio books.

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