the magic & mayhem of

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Up-close conversations with your favorite authors.

Listen in as author Linda Sivertsen (aka Book Mama) brings together the world’s most beloved bestselling authors to chat about writing, publishing, deal-making, spirituality, activism, and the art of romancing creativity. These up-close conversations are a fan favorite, downloaded millions of times, and frequently profiled on “Best Podcast” lists (i.e., The Motley Fool’s “10 Best Podcasts for Women”) while gracing the “Popular Podcasts, Books” (formerly Literature) page of iTunes/Apple Podcasts nearly every day since the show’s launch in 2015.

Join Linda (herself an award-winning, bestselling author, writing coach, and ex-ghostwriter + magazine editor) and her celebrity co-hosts for deep, funny interviews w/ top authors on breakout success to staying power. Heart-centered encouragement, street-smart advice, and insider success (and failure!) stories for every writer and creative type. Biggest mistakes, best shortcuts, behind-the-scenes agent, press, and publishing stories help you gain the courage to get your book, blog, ballad, or biz birthed into the world. 

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Guests include Rhonda Byrne, Jenny Lawson, Martha Beck, Elizabeth Gilbert, Marie Forleo, Van Jones, Cheryl Strayed, Nia Vardalos, Terry McMillan, Joel Stein, Deepak Chopra, Tom Hanks, Glennon Doyle, Abby Wambach, Candice Bergen, Meg Wolitzer, Austin Channing Brown, Dean Koontz, Ann Patchett, Maria Shriver, Steven Pressfield, Anita Moorjani, Tosca Lee, Brené Brown, Lee Child, Anne Lamott, Rob Bell, Dani Shapiro, Gabby Bernstein, Seth Godin, Danielle LaPorte, Marianne Williamson, Arianna Huffington, Mary Karr, Gretchen Rubin, #1 NYT Fantasy Authors Tomi Adeyemi & Sabaa Tahir, US Poet Laureate Joy Harjo, and former WME super-agent Jennifer Rudolph Walsh

If you’ve ever wished you could sit down with your favorite writers over coffee to ask them how they do it, year after year, book after book, consider this your new, not-so-guilty pleasure. 

Take your dreams from idea to done with us. The Beautiful Writers Podcast. Where inspiration is constant, and swearing, optional (although highly appreciated).

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Linda Sivertsen
Linda Sivertsen, “Book Mama,” is in LOVE with books—reading, writing, and selling them. Her titles have won many awards and hit all the lists as an author, co-author, and former magazine editor and ghostwriter. But her driving force has been to publish sustainably. Optimistic enough to believe in magic, she’s on a mission to save forests via her role as a Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Ambassador. Linda and her work have been featured widely in the media, including; The New York Times; Inc.; Extra; Teen Vogue;  CNN; The Huffington Post; Glamour; the Los Angeles Times, and CARMEL magazine. 

When she’s not fostering literary love matches on her Beautiful Writers Podcast (a favorite stop for writers on tour), writing, and promoting Beautiful Writers, or midwifing books at her Carmel or virtual writing retreats, Linda can be found on the back of a horse or running with her dogs. She and her husband live on their ranch in Scottsdale, Arizona. You can find her blogging at, or on Facebook, Instagram, and X.

“There’s a reason we all say yes to coming on Linda’s literature podcast—and to being excerpted about our writing processes in her book. I feel like I’m in the very best company. And. Good God, can this woman write! …” ~ Terry McMillan | Waiting to Exhale; How Stella Got Her Groove Back; It’s Not All Downhill From Here

“This is one of my favorite interviews of all time. We talked about love and loss and booze and marriage and divorce… These two [Linda & guest host, Martha Beck] will be friends forever.” ~ Glennon Doyle | Love Warrior; Carry On, Warrior; Untamed 

“What a conversation! Ann Patchett and I talked about everything from our latest novels, to our husbands, our mothers, and our best advice for writing something ‘great.’ I loved every second of it. Thank you @linda_sivertsen for opening the way for some straight talk, funny talk, and inspirational talk.” ~ Sue Monk Kidd (via Instagram, Twitter & Facebook) | The Secret Life of Bees; Dance of the Dissident Daughter; The Book of Longings

“I had so much fun talking writing & life with @NiaVardalos & @LindaSivertsen!” ~ Cheryl Strayed (via Twitter) | Wild; Tiny Beautiful Things; Brave Enough 

“This was fun! Grateful for this conversation on publishing & creativity (deep sleep is the best incubator for creativity, btw) with my longtime friend @ArielleFord & author @LindaSivertsen. The #beautifulwriterspodcast is an awakened show!” ~ Deepak Chopra (via Twitter) | Quantum Healing; The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success; Meta Human

We did it. You can too!

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Beautiful Writers Book

“An engaging manual that offers writing advice with a big, broad, sunny worldview… fans of Sivertsen’s podcast will devour this companion volume.”
~ Kirkus Reviews

“A page-turning beach read doubling as how-to. Magic.”
~ Jenny Lawson, #1 New York Times bestselling author, journalist, and blogger at The Bloggess

“With her Beautiful Writers Podcast and now this book, Linda’s created the salon we don’t have anymore—where really interesting writers like the A Movable Feast kind of people: Ezra Pound and Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald—are all comparing notes.”
~ Patricia Cornwell, #1 NYT bestselling author (26 Scarpetta novels + nonfiction)

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“So many people tell me, over the years, that they discovered me through this fabulous podcast!!!” ~ Dani Shapiro (Twitter) | Devotion; Still Writing; Inheritance

“… We’ve wanted to share a stage for the longest time but haven’t been able to do it yet, so it was truly amazing to be interviewed with Dani [Shapiro]!… I love this conversation with Dani and Linda so much…” ~ Gabby Bernstein, #1 NYT bestselling author of 8 books, including Super Attractor and The Universe Has Your Back. Quote via her blog/newsletter

“I normally HATE doing interviews. But Linda and Danielle were great; had done their homework, and the questions were imaginative and creative. A bunch that nobody had ever asked me before. Made me think.” ~ Steven Pressfield | The War of Art; The Legend of Bagger Vance

“This interview feels like a hug and a jolt of inspiration. @LindaSivertsen always makes magic happen on the #beautifulwriterspodcast … I love these ladies!!” [w/ Maria Shriver] ~ Leeza Gibbons (Twitter) | Take 2; Take Your Oxygen First; Fierce Optimism

Linda’s goodies for writers:

The Beautiful Writers Group
Writing Retreats
Book Proposal Magic Online Course