A Conversation with Linda Joy Myers

Interviewed by Mark Matousek
October, 2013

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Linda Joy Myers, Ph.D., is the President and Founder of the National Association of Memoir Writers and the author of a half dozen books including The Power of Memoir–How to Write Your Healing Story, and a memoir Don’t Call Me Mother: Breaking the Chain of Mother Daughter Abandonment which received the Gold Medal Award from BAIPA, the Bay Area Independent Publishing Association. Linda Joy received her Master’s degree in Creative Writing at Mills College, and has been a therapist in Berkeley, California for over thirty years. She co-teaches the course Write your Memoir In 6 Months with Brooke Warner.  Her first book Becoming Whole: Writing Your Healing Story is used as a text by therapists, ministers, and writing coaches, and was a finalist in the ForeWord magazine’s 2008 Book of the Year Award.  Linda Joy teaches workshops around the country and talked to Mark about falling in love with writing in her great-grandmother’s feather bed and why everyone has a story to tell.

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Mark Matousek is the author of two award-winning memoirs, Sex Death Enlightenment: A True Story and The Boy He Left Behind: A Man’s Search For His Lost Father, as well as When You’re Falling, Dive: Lessons in the Art of Living and Ethical Wisdom: The Search for a Moral Life.  A featured blogger for Psychology Today, Purple Clover, and The Huffington Post, he has contributed to numerous publications including The New Yorker, O: The Oprah Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, Yoga Journal, The Chicago Tribune, Details, AARP, Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, and The Saturday Evening Post.  A popular lecturer, mentor, and teacher, he is on the faculty of The Omega Institute, The New York Open Center, and other institutions, as well as offering private workshops and classes internationally.  He is the Creative Director of V-Men, an organization devoted to ending violence against women and girls, and the founder of Mark Matousek Media, a digital publishing company whose products and editorial services  focus on transformational writing, self-inquiry, and creativity.  His latest book is Ethical Wisdom for Friends.