Speaking Topics


Linda Joy

Myers is available for interview about a variety of topics. In addition, she can write a short article or share excerpts for your publication or site.

Here is just some of what she can discuss:

  • How she broke the cycle of abandonment with her own daughter;
  • The role of undiagnosed bipolar disorder in her mother, grandmother, and larger family;
  • Why she says that if women had greater opportunities and more freedom, her grandmother and mother might not have walked away from their daughters;
  • Why she believes that her mother and grandmother should be honored, despite their failings as mothers;
  • Why she idealized her family, even after so much trauma at their hands;
  • The healing power of memoir writing.



  • This is the second edition of Don’t Call Me Mother. Why did you feel the need to write a follow-up to the earlier version, which was published in 2005?
  •  Your mother abandoned you and your grandmother abandoned your mother. Where did they run off to and why do you think they couldn’t settle into their lives as mothers?
  •  When you reached early adolescence your grandmother, who had always treated you lovingly, became verbally and physically abusive. Why do you think she changed?
  •  In Don’t Call Me Mother you write movingly about the natural world and your grandmother’s farm, where you spent time as a girl. How do you think nature and your sense of connection to the earth helped you as a child?
  •  Like many people you come from a dysfunctional background, but you were determined to break certain patterns with your own children. What advice do you have to people who are in the same situation?
  •  Where was your father and why weren’t you sent to live with him?
  •  You write that at times you saw yourself behaving like your grandmother, who was your primary caregiver, with your daughter. How so, and how were you able to break the patterns you grew up with?
  •  You’re now a therapist and a teacher of memoir writing. How can writing a memoir help people to heal?
  •  At one point in your childhood you were sent to live with a cousin of your mother who had children of her own. Both she and some of her kids physically abused you, and, in this latest version of Don’t Call Me Mother you talk about meeting with some of those now-adult children a few years ago. Why did you want to reconnect with them and what was it like when you did?