How Recovery Supports Memoir Writing and Book Marketing Tips with Laura Cathcart Robbins

About How Recovery Supports Memoir Writing and Book Marketing Tips with Laura Cathcart Robbins


Author Laura Cathcart Robbins explains how recovery helped her cultivate the honesty needed to write her memoir, Stash: My Life in Hiding, and shares book marketing tips she learned while promoting her book.



Transcript for How Recovery Supports Memoir Writing and Book Marketing Tips with Laura Cathcart Robbins

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Lisa [0:00] 

I met Laura Cathcart Robbins in 2018 while participating in a memoir collective. Her essay about being the only Black person at the Brave Magic Writing Retreat had just gone viral, and she was in the process of creating her podcast, The Only One in the Room based on the responses she’d received to it. Over the years, I’ve watched Laura take her podcast idea and turn it into an award-winning show, read her many essays on HuffPost, Oprah Daily, and The Temper and cheered her on as she became both a Moth Grand-Slam champion and TEDx speaker. I could not wait to read her memoir Stash: My Life in Hiding, which I reviewed for Hippocampus Literary Magazine. I’ve always admired how Laura balances her fierce dedication to her writing with the work she does to support diversity, equity, and inclusion. To learn more about the many amazing things Laura does, please see the show notes. During our episode, Laura and I took a deep dive into what recovery is, how it helped her cultivate the honesty needed to write her memoir Stash, and how she balances marketing her book with living life. Before we get to our conversation, I have a few questions for you. What is your relationship to honesty? Are there times when it’s difficult to be honest? What supports your ability to be honest both in your writing and your life? I hope you’ll ponder these questions as you listen along. Now let’s get to my conversation with Laura Cathcart Robbins.

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Show Notes for How Recovery Supports Memoir Writing and Book Marketing Tips with Laura Cathcart Robbins

Author Laura Cathcart Robbins explains how recovery helped her cultivate the honesty needed to write her memoir, Stash: My Life in Hiding, and shares book marketing tips she learned while promoting her book.

Laura’s Bio: Laura Cathcart Robbins is the best-selling author of the Atria/Simon & Schuster memoir, Stash, My Life In Hiding, and host of the popular podcast, The Only One In The Room. She has been active for many years as a speaker and school trustee and is credited for creating The Buckley School’s nationally recognized committee on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice. Her recent articles on the subjects of race, recovery, and divorce have garnered her worldwide acclaim. She is a 2022 TEDx Speaker, and LA Moth StorySlam winner. Currently, she sits on the advisory boards of the San Diego Writer’s Festival and the Outliers HQ podcast Festival. 

Resources Mentioned in This Episode

Episode Highlights

  • 9:00 The Response to Stash
  • 14:00 The Power of Honesty
  • 16:00 The Link Between Recovery and Honesty
  • 24:00 Channeling Your Energy in a Specific Direction
  • 26:00 Marketing Your Book and Yourself
  • 34:30 Caring For Yourself As You Market Your Book
  • 41:00 Year Two and Working with Book Clubs
  • 47:00 How Honesty Builds Resilience

Connect with Laura

Connect with your host, Lisa:

Sign up for Psychology of Character Development for Memoirists: https://janefriedman.com/the-psychology-of-character-development-for-memoirists-with-lisa-cooper-ellison/

Produced by Espresso Podcast Production: https://www.espressopodcastproduction.com



About Your Host

Lisa Cooper Ellison is an author, speaker, trauma-informed writing coach, and host of the Writing Your Resilience podcast. She works and writes at the intersection of storytelling and healing, and combines her personal experiences with suicide loss and CPTSD with her clinical training to help writers turn tough experiences into art. Her essays and stories have appeared on Risk! and in The New York TimesHuffPostHippocampus Literary Magazine, and Kenyon Review Online, among others


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