Beautiful Writers Podcast

Beautiful Writers Podcast

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Listen in as author Linda Sivertsen (aka Book Mama) brings together the world’s most beloved bestselling authors for monthly chats on writing, publishing, deal-making, spirituality, activism, and the art of romancing creativity. These up-close conversa?


“Best-Of” Part 3 Episode
Aug 1 • 84 min
Hello, beautiful writer! This is my favorite time of year—when I get to dive back into past episodes of the #BeautifulWritersPodcast and release our annual “Best-Of” show. (We’re on #3, in case you’ve been keeping track.) I’ve had a blast curating a…
Catherine Oxenberg: Rambo Princess Diaries
Jun 30 • 56 min
Guilty on all counts! For a mom fighting to take down a terrifying cult and free her daughter, India, there are no sweeter words. Just last week, mother, actress, royal, and first-time author Catherine Oxenberg saw the fulfillment of her years-long …
Meg Wolitzer: Blockbuster Novelist
May 31 • 50 min
Acclaimed bestseller Meg Wolitzer joins me today on the Beautiful Writers Podcast! Her TWELFTH novel, The Female Persuasion, is now out in paperback—a story perhaps even more relevant today than when it was released in hardback. When Meg st…
Abby Wambach: Wisdom from the Wolfpack
Apr 30 • 82 min
Abby Wambach joins friends Martha Beck & Linda Sivertsen for an intimate chat on life, love, creativity, and changing the rules of the game.
Candice Bergen: Memoirs & Collaboration
Mar 31 • 61 min
Oscar-nominated and 5-time Emmy-winning star of Murphy Brown turned New York Times bestselling memoirist (twice!), Candice Bergen is in the house! And she is every bit as irreverent and funny and whip-smart as you’d hope. Joining us in today’s guest…
Tosca Lee: Writing the Perfect Thriller
Feb 28 • 65 min
Bestselling thriller author of ten novels, including The Progeny, Firstborn, The Legend of Sheba, Iscariot, and the Books of Mortals trilogy (with New York Times bestseller Ted Dekker), Tosca Lee is in the house! She’s representing this genre proud with…
Taylor Dayne: Tellin’ It From Her Heart
Jan 31 • 63 min
75 million albums sold. 18 top ten hits recorded. Named in 2018 by Billboard as one of the top 60 female artists of all time (#35)! I’m guessing you are or have been, a Taylor Dayne fan (soundtrack of your life stuff, right here). I feel blessed to call…
Lee Child: Writing & Righting Wrongs
Dec 21, 2018 • 50 min
Jack Reacher’s back at #1! But that’s no surprise to the millions of “Reacher’s Creatures” who anxiously await each installment of this thriller series—23 at present count. With PAST TENSE (Delacorte Press), author Lee Child once again puts us on the edge…
Seth Godin: This Is Marketing!
Nov 30, 2018 • 53 min
After 18 international bestsellers, Seth Godin has released perhaps his most important book. His new title: This Is Marketing: You Can’t Be Seen Until You Learn To See (Portfolio) just hit #1 on The Wall Street Journal list and was an immediate New York…
Ann Patchett: Unplugged
Nov 1, 2018 • 90 min
This award-winning, bestselling American (and Nashvillian!) treasure is laying it down with straight talk about her charmed writing and publishing career. Instead of learning from our authors’ struggles, as we often do on this show, today’s episode is…
Steven Pressfield & Tim Grahl: Slaying Creative Dragons
Sep 28, 2018 • 61 min
There is an enemy. You are the enemy. Resistance will kill you. If you’re a Steven Pressfield or “The War of Art” fan (who isn’t?!), you already know that. You also know that you are not alone, and resistance can be beaten. But, good God, doesn’t it feel…
New! Bday Mix: Expert Top Tips
Aug 25, 2018 • 54 min
On this annual birthday episode of the Beautiful Writers Podcast, my wish is to give the gift of conversations you haven’t heard before. Fresh and (hopefully) profoundly helpful content to uplevel your writing experience. Today’s show makes my heart…
Rosie Walsh: Ghosted. A Publishing Phenomenon
Jul 31, 2018 • 70 min
Auctions. Bidding wars. Squealing agents and champagne toasts. To some, this is the stuff writerly dreams are made of. Novelist Rosie Walsh is here from her home in Britain to humbly share details of her magic carpet ride as the author of one of the most…
Austin Channing Brown: Racial Justice & the Power of the Pen
Jun 30, 2018 • 64 min
Memoirist and racial justice leader, Austin Channing Brown, is here to chat about her celebrated debut: I’M STILL HERE: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness. From the book’s first line—“White people can be exhausting,” she had my undivided…
Nell Scovell: Just the Funny Parts & Then Some…
May 27, 2018 • 40 min
A veteran comedy writer for TV, film, and books, Nell Scovell (who also produces and directs!), is here to chat about her new memoir, JUST THE FUNNY PARTS… And a Few Hard Truths About Sneaking into the Hollywood Boys’ Club. Who is Nell Scovell? You may…
“Best Of” Part 2 Episode
May 1, 2018 • 81 min
Welcome to Part 2 of our “Best Of” episode! Notice the “quotes” here; it’s not remotely possible to pick favorites amongst favorites. “Best Of” is just easier than typing, “a-sampling-of-some-of-my-beloved-booky-conversations-of-many-such-favorite-convos”…
Geneen Roth: Messy & Magnificent
Mar 31, 2018 • 69 min
Martha Beck guest co-hosts in this radical conversation with legendary author Geneen Roth, which aired on Easter Sunday, 2018. Whether you celebrate the holiday or not, imagine this. Chocolate eggs. Jelly Beans. Ham. A little Hawaiian bread with your…
Maria Shriver: I’ve Been Thinking
Feb 27, 2018 • 66 min
You’ve watched Maria Shriver on TV for decades. Read her many bestsellers. Cheered as she and her family founded and championed some of humanity’s greatest causes. Now’s your chance to get to know her more intimately than perhaps ever before. Maria’s…
Debbie Ford’s New Book
Jan 31, 2018 • 67 min
The late Debbie Ford is here today, via her sister, Arielle Ford! In a kind of tribute to sisters, joining us as my guest co-host is my sister, Carol Allen. The four of us—Debbie, Arielle, Carol, and I—have a long friendship, so I’ve been looking forward…
Gabby Bernstein: On Judgment & Bestsellers
Dec 23, 2017 • 53 min
I LOVE this soul sister. Gabby Bernstein makes me laugh. Her honesty is refreshing. Sometimes I look at her and think I’m witnessing an honest-to-goodness, real-life angel. But when this #1 New York Times bestselling author of THE UNIVERSE HAS YOUR BACK,…
Dean Koontz: Master of Suspense
Nov 21, 2017 • 65 min
500 million books sold. 38 languages. 14 #1 New York Times bestsellers. How is that possible? My guest co-host, Robert McKee, and I couldn’t wait to get the inside scoop on a bestselling career that has spanned fifty years and been compared to the…
Tom Hanks: Uncommon Type
Oct 27, 2017 • 67 min
The one and only Mr. Tom Hanks is here, and he’s caffeinated and ready to rock this podcast—with melodic typing accompaniment, no less. I couldn’t have chosen a better guest host than Danielle LaPorte to join me in perhaps our most enjoyable conversation…
Van Jones: Beyond the Messy Truth
Oct 10, 2017 • 77 min
CNN political correspondent and New York Times bestselling author Van Jones (THE GREEN COLLAR ECONOMY, REBUILD THE DREAM) is in the house! Just in time, too, to get our stinking thinking turned around before next month’s Thanksgiving feasts (because…
“Best Of” Episode, Part 1
Sep 1, 2017 • 82 min
Want to be a writer? A career author? In case you haven’t heard, the blank page can be a real A-hole, and the book industry no less intimidating. If you’ve ever wished you could sit down and ask your favorite authors how they do it—how they REALLY pull it…
Jennifer Rudolph Walsh on Together-ness
Jul 31, 2017 • 62 min
Oprah’s agent, THE biggest literary agent in the world, is on today’s episode of the Beautiful Writers Podcast with one of her star clients! Jennifer Rudolph Walsh is the head of the Worldwide Literary Department at WME (William Morris Endeavor). Along…
Rob Bell on Creativity & the Bible
Jul 1, 2017 • 46 min
TIME magazine named author Rob Bell one of its “100 Most Influential People in the World” for many reasons. Listen in as Linda and her guest co-host—NYT bestselling novelist of THE SECOND SON, Charles Sailor (our April guest)—chat with this beloved author…
Danielle LaPorte: White Hot Truth-teller
May 25, 2017 • 74 min
Author, Visionary, & Oprah SuperSoul100 leader, Danielle LaPorte, isn’t risk averse. No. She’s “risk erotic.” But that doesn’t mean she didn’t get a not-so-little unwelcome surprise after choosing to walk from a Big 5 publisher and go rogue to…
Charles Sailor: Hollywood Rebel
Apr 27, 2017 • 84 min
Charles Sailor, a Hollywood screenwriter and the New York Times bestselling novelist of “THE SECOND SON” (a book that sold six million copies in the late 70s and has been optioned by the biggest stars) is the single biggest influence on Linda Sivertsen’s…
Anne Lamott: Hallelujah Anyway
Mar 10, 2017 • 68 min
Glennon Doyle Melton is back on the Beautiful Writers Podcast; this time in the co-host chair with Linda Sivertsen. Fresh from her whirlwind tour for the #1 New York Times bestseller, LOVE WARRIOR, Glennon shares heart-centered updates on those dizzying…
Guru Singh: Buried Treasures Revealed
Dec 9, 2016 • 90 min
Linda Sivertsen interviews her longtime friend Guru Singh—a third-generation yogi, spiritual leader, and author—for one of her most powerful conversations yet. Named “Best Guru in L.A.” by Los Angeles magazine in the early 90s (that claimed Guru’s yoga…
Elizabeth Lesser: Creative Courage
Nov 1, 2016 • 60 min
Linda Sivertsen and bestselling author and Oprah magazine columnist Martha Beck team up yet again… this time to interview their buddy… the New York Times bestselling author and Omega Institute co-founder, Elizabeth Lesser. Elizabeth’s new memoir, Marrow:…
Paul Williams: Hitmaker for Generations
Sep 30, 2016 • 54 min
Music icon Paul Williams shares a hilarious, heartfelt hour with longtime bestie, Linda Sivertsen (who moved into his mansion 26 years ago to care for his pups so he could go get sober) and this month’s guest host, bestselling memoirist and novelist…
Terry McMillan: Novels, Memoirs, & Films—Oh My!
Aug 29, 2016 • 66 min
Legendary novelist Terry McMillan chats with Linda Sivertsen and guest host Dani Shapiro while on tour for her 8th novel, I ALMOST FORGOT ABOUT YOU, currently getting rave reviews from the New York Times Book Review, The Los Angeles Times, and O magazine,…
Glennon Doyle Melton: Beautiful Love Warrior
Jul 29, 2016 • 62 min
Linda Sivertsen and her guest co-host, bestselling author and Oprah magazine columnist Martha Beck, are self-described giddy fan girls in this playful, wise interview with Glennon Doyle Melton—author of the New York Times bestseller, CARRY ON, WARRIOR.…
Marianne Williamson: From Tears to Triumph
Jun 24, 2016 • 45 min
Marianne is a spiritual teacher and author of 11 books—(4 #1 NYT bestsellers), who shares with us unforgettable insider publishing stories, including the dangers of ignoring the “still, small voice within” when it comes to media and pressure from industry…
Arianna Huffington: Revolutionizing Sleep for Creativity (… and everything else)
May 19, 2016 • 27 min
You know her as the co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post—a position that’s garnered Arianna the title of “the 52nd most powerful woman in the world” (Forbes, 2014). But for the girl who once shared a one-bedroom apartment with her sister…
Leeza Gibbons: Embracing Fierce Optimism
Apr 22, 2016 • 52 min
If for some reason you can’t place the beautiful face of Leeza Gibbons, you’re going to remember the voice. Leeza is one of the iconic voices of our time. She was a longtime correspondent for Entertainment Tonight and Extra, and had her own syndicated…
Robert McKee: Story is Everything
Mar 19, 2016 • 60 min
In Hollywood, Mr. Robert McKee is a living legend, a kind of “God” among storytellers. This creative writing instructor teaches a program to sold out audiences worldwide that he developed as a professor at the University of Southern California. He’s the…
Brené Brown: Daring to Create Greatly
Feb 19, 2016 • 41 min
One of today’s most beloved authors, Dr. Brené Brown shares behind-the-scenes details of her incredible life and career including: What it’s like to have 3 books on the New York Times bestseller’s list at the same time, why she won’t read her reviews,…
Seth Godin: Tribes, Blogs and Book Biz
Jan 20, 2016 • 39 min
Seth Godin is one of the world’s most successful authors and bloggers, and has changed the way people think about marketing and work. He’s written 18 international bestsellers that have been translated into over 35 languages. For a long time, Unleashing…
Steven Pressfield : Resistance and Invoking the Muse
Dec 20, 2015 • 48 min
In this lively chat with a legend of contemporary literature (The War of Art, Gates of Fire, The Legend of Bagger Vance … ), Steven Pressfield shares details of his own hero’s journey, and his best pro writing tips: the “Foolscap Method” for starting (and…
Mary Karr : Write the Next True Thing
Nov 19, 2015 • 35 min
Known for her dry humor and unrelenting honesty, bestselling memoirist Mary Karr shares how she threw away the equivalent of four finished books, how she gets through the “scary blankness” of bad writing days (and invokes favorite prayers!), why she…
Elizabeth Gilbert : The Big Magic of Creative Living
Oct 19, 2015 • 28 min
In this conversation with Elizabeth Gilbert, our generation’s “Mark Twain,” we unpack the inherent magic of language, embracing the sacred “No,” what it takes to have the things you say you want, and to sex or not to sex on book tour. Ha. Liz has an…
Martha Beck : Shortcuts to More Magic
Oct 13, 2015 • 34 min
This interview is so full of magic it’s not even funny. Except that it is! Martha Beck’s passion for writing (and life!)is infectious, and you’ll quickly see why she’s so prolific (recently completing her 10th book, in the midst of a very full artist life…
Kyle Gray : Inviting Angels into Your Book
Oct 1, 2015 • 36 min
This tapped-in, tattooed 27-year-old Angel communicator hails from Scotland, and brings a laid back approach to spirit. He’s authored 4 Hay House books and a deck series including Angel Prayers and Wings of Forgiveness. In this interview, he shares…
Gretchen Rubin : Creativity-Saving Habits
Oct 1, 2015 • 39 min
Gretchen Rubin is the author of 3 blockbuster New York Times bestsellers—The Happiness Project, Happier at Home, and now Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives. Her books have sold more than 2 million copies worldwide, AND, she has…
Laura Yorke : What Agents Really Want
Oct 1, 2015 • 41 min
Laura is a veteran book editor, publisher, literary agent and writer who has published many bestselling authors, including: Maria Shriver, Mary Tyler Moore, and Jodi Picoult. She began her 25-year career at Simon & Schuster, where she worked as an editor…
Jillian Lauren : Writing the Hard Stuff
Oct 1, 2015 • 32 min
You may know NYT best-selling memoirist Jillian Lauren from her Jersey-girl-ends-up-as-harem-girl story (really)in Brunai (the subject of her first book, SOME GIRLS). Now we celebrate motherhood in her stunning memoir, EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED. Laugh…
Sarah Manguso : When Writing Heals the Writer
Oct 1, 2015 • 38 min
Like most of our favorite authors to interview, Sarah Manguso is a writer’s writer. Linda and Danielle were texting each other during the interview as true blue fans: “She’s the REAL DEAL!” May her insights on this practice we all love inspire you too! A…
Dani Shapiro : Behind the Scenes Writing
Oct 1, 2015 • 36 min
Bestselling author Dani Shapiro (of the memoirs DEVOTION and SLOW MOTION, five novels, and her latest: STILL WRITING: The Perils and Pleasures of a Creative Life)talks with Linda Sivertsen & Danielle LaPorte for the Beautiful Writers Podcast. Hear Dani…