Three #1 New York Times bestsellers. Nearly twenty million books sold. One of the most popular self-development blogs in the world. What more could Mark Manson take on? As of this week, movie stardom.

Suppose you’re a fan of Mark’sThe Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck (or his follow-up book, Everything’s F*cked: A Book About Hope). In that case, I predict you’ll LOVE how Universal Pictures depicts this beloved counterintuitive approach to living a good life from page to screen.

Mark Manson and Linda Sivertsen

It was a blast for me to have Mark on the show finally. As you’ll see, despite his success, he’s still a humble guy. Quick to laugh and talk freely about the crap we creatives all experience. Including some extreme things few of us will face that he and I share. As a former ghostwriter (who co-authored a NYT bestseller with a man who experienced a tragic public fall), I’ve wanted to take Mark aside and ask him a few things confidentially. Why Mark? He was Will Smith’s writer for Will, the 2021 memoir Oprah called the best memoir she’d ever read. You know, before the slap.

I didn’t intend to ask Mark anything about that on the record. Still, I’m glad I got the vibe to take the chance. Same for other topics, from the difficulty of recording our audiobooks to the weirdness of becoming well-known to keeping a marriage strong when one or both people are workaholics. Can I get an eff-yeah!

Happy New Year, friend. Thank you for another great year of shared book love. May 2023 bring us all a whole lot more magic than mayhem.

Linda xo (aka Book Mama)

PS. Got thoughts for Mark or me? We’d love to hear them on today’s posts on FacebookInstagram, or Twitter—where I’m always posting writingtastic content to keep you motivated. xo

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