Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books

By Zibby Owens

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Writer Zibby Owens, an NYC-based mom of four, interviews and chats with other writers about their work.

Episode Date
Priscilla Gilman, Author of “The Anti-Romantic Child: A Memoir of Unexpected Joy”

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. 

Jun 19, 2018
Courtney Maum, Author of “Touch”

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. 

Jun 12, 2018
Kwame Alexander, Author of “The Crossover” Series

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. 

Jun 05, 2018
Allison Pataki, Author of “Beauty in the Broken Places”

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. 

May 29, 2018
Aimee Molloy, Author of “The Perfect Mother”

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. 

May 24, 2018
Dylan Lauren, Founder/CEO Dylan’s Candy Bar, Author of “Unwrap Your Sweet Life”

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!

May 21, 2018
Caitlin Macy, Author of “Mrs.”

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. 

May 17, 2018
Dani Shapiro, Best-Selling Author of “Hourglass” and “Slow Motion”

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!)

May 14, 2018
Jennifer Wallace, Award Winning Journalist and TV Commentator

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! 

May 10, 2018
Charles Duhigg, Pulitzer Prize Winner and Best-Selling Author of “The Power of Habit” and “Smarter Faster Better”

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 R [...]

May 07, 2018
Sarah Mlynowski, Best-Selling Author of Young Adult Series “Upside Magic” and “Whatever After”

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! 

May 03, 2018
Piper Weiss, author of “You All Grow Up and Leave Me”

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.

Apr 29, 2018
EXPLICIT LANGUAGE: Jill Kargman, Creator/Writer/Producer/Star of “Odd Mom Out”


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. 

Apr 26, 2018
Lauren Smith Brody, Author of The Fifth Trimester: The Working Mom’s Guide to Style, Sanity and Success After Baby

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

Apr 23, 2018
Sarika Chawla, Journalist, Eating Disorders and Parenting

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. 

Apr 19, 2018
Cristina Alger, Author of “The Darlings” and “This Was Not the Plan”

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.  

Apr 16, 2018
Dan Lotti, Singer/Songwriter of Dangermuffin

Dan Lotti, singer/songwriter of amazing band, Dangermuffin, talks about his writing journey, his inspiration and his family. 

Apr 13, 2018
Andre Agassi, Tennis Legend, Author of Open

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.

Apr 10, 2018
Lea Carpenter, Author of Eleven Days

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. 

Apr 06, 2018
A Mother’s Right to Sanity

Starting the Movement to Just Be a Mom And Not a Family Management Exec

Mar 31, 2018