Every writer in the world had to grapple with serious issues—even the bestselling ones who may appear to have traveled to the top with relative ease. Here are four audio interviews with bestselling book authors about the issues they’ve personally grappled with on their way to success.
Meghan Daum is the author of four books, most recently the collection of original essays The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion, which won the 2015 PEN Center USA Award for creative nonfiction. She is also the editor of the New York Times bestseller Selfish, Shallow & Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers on the Decision Not To Have Kids. Her other books include the essay collection My Misspent Youth, the novel The Quality of Life Report, and Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived In That House, a memoir. Since 2005, Meghan has been an opinion columnist at The Los Angeles Times, covering cultural and political topics. Meghan has written for numerous magazines, including The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, and Vogue. She is the recipient of a 2015 Guggenheim Fellowship and a 2016 National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and is an adjunct associate professor in the MFA Writing Program at Columbia University’s School of the Arts.
Carrie White is the author of the best-selling memoir Upper Cut: Highlights of My Hollywood Life, which was featured in The New York Times, among other publications, and became a Los Angeles Times bestseller. With a career that has spanned more than 45 years, she’s styled everyone from Elvis Presley and Ann-Margret to Sandra Bullock and Brad Pitt. Her work has appeared in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, In Style, Allure, Vanity Fair, Ladies Home Journal, Mademoiselle, and Glamour. The mother of five, Carrie today owns and operates Carrie White Hair in Beverly Hills.
Mark Ebner is an award winning investigative journalist who has covered all aspects of celebrity and crime culture for Spy, Rolling Stone, Maxim, Details, Los Angeles, Premiere, Salon, Spin, Radar and The New Times among other national and international publications. He has produced for and/or appeared as a journalist-commentator on NBC, ABC, CBS, MSNBC, A&E, The BBC, Channel 4 (UK), National Public Radio, Court TV, FX, VH-1 and E! Entertainment Television, has been a featured guest on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Today Show, The Early Show, Inside Edition, Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, Fox & Friends and a host of other television and radio programs in the US, Canada, the United Kingdom and Asia. In 2000, Ebner hosted his own nationally syndicated radio program, Drastic Radio, and co-authored The New York Times/Los Angeles Times bestseller, Hollywood, Interrupted, in 2005 with the late Andrew Breitbart. He also hosted “Rich and Reckless,” a crime show for TruTV, recently authored the Hollywood crime book Six Degrees of Paris Hilton for Simon Spotlight Entertainment, and blogs breaking news at HollywoodInterrupted.com.
Noah Levine is the bestselling author of Refuge Recovery: A Buddhist Path to Recovering From Addiction, Dharma Punx, Against the Stream: A Buddhist Manual for Spiritual Revolutionaries and The Heart of the Revolution: The Buddha’s Radical Teachings on Forgiveness, Compassion and Kindness, as well as a Buddhist teacher and counselor. He is trained to teach by Jack Kornfield of Spirit Rock Meditation Center and teaches meditation classes, workshops and retreats nationally as well as leading groups in juvenile halls and prisons. Noah holds a Masters degree in counseling psychology from CIIS. He has studied with many prominent teachers in both the Theravadan and Mahayanan Buddhist traditions.