“Lara Ehrlich, author of the short story collection Animal Wife (Red Hen Press, 2020), has a deep narrative investment in the ways the world denies women power and agency. In October 2020 that commitment took a new shape with the first episode of her podcast, Writer Mother Monster, a much-needed balm for those of us balancing mothering and writing in the midst of a global pandemic.

Accompanying piece: A selection of the best insights and pieces of advice offered on Writer Mother Monster


“I wasn’t sure I wanted to be a mother because I’d bought into the narrative that motherhood saps creative energy. I was looking for role models who were both mothers and writers, and I started taking women writers to lunch and asking, ‘How do you do it? How do you balance everything?’ Their answer was almost always, ‘I don’t. My life is a shit show.’ It was liberating to realize that the idea of ‘having it all’ is a myth I could abandon, and instead work toward ‘doing what’s important.’”