Elliott Bay Book Company Reading, Interview & Celebration | Laura Davis with her The Courage to Heal coauthor, Ellen Bass

Laura’s first book launch event for The Burning Light of Two Stars featured a wonderful, warm, dynamic conversation with her old friend and colleague Ellen Bass at Elliott Bay Bookstore in Seattle.

Book Launch: Bookshop Santa Cruz, Laura’s home bookstore | October 26, 2021

Laura got to launch her book to her hometown crowd (and some guests from out of town) live on Zoom. Hear her read at this launch event sponsored by Bookshop Santa Cruz and watch the slide show she created to introduce you to the characters in The Burning Light of Two Stars.

San Miguel Writer’s Conference and the San Miguel Literary Sala in Mexico | The Making of a Memoir: Laura Davis in Conversation with Angie Abdou

In intimate, candid conversation with fellow memoirist Angie Abdou, Laura will share her ten-year-process — challenges, dead ends, and breakthroughs — bringing this gripping and at times hilarious family story to life. The focal point of the discussion will be on craft, but Laura will also share the deeply transformative nature of writing memoir and the lessons learned as  daughter, mother, sister, spouse and writer. 

New York Times | Tiny Love Stories

This Tiny Love Story is a 100-word synopsis of Laura’s forthcoming memoir.

If you don’t subscribe to The New York Times, and a firewall prevents you from accessing the link, you can read my Tiny Love Story, The Daughter She Needed, here.

Los Angeles Review of Books | Author Interview

In this interview with novelist, poet and essayist Elizabeth Rosner in Los Angeles Review of Books, Laura discusses many of the common dilemmas memoir writers face, including this one, which is rarely discussed:

“But there’s another predicament I rarely hear authors talk about — how writing memoir alters our memories. In committing my story to the page, I massaged each scene hundreds of times, tweaking it here, tightening it there. Starting it here, no, starting it there. I emphasized some things and de-emphasized others, eliminated characters who were present in real life because they were unnecessary to the dramatic action. I truncated things or slowed them down to increase tension. In the end, The Burning Light of Two Stars isn’t a story I remembered; it’s a story I crafted. And because of my immersion in the evolving story, the literary version I created has supplanted my original memories. When I try to recall the past now, I recall the scenes I wrote. It makes me wonder how much I have lost.”

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Answers Network | Allen Cardoza Interviews Laura

Allen Cardoza Interviews Laura on Answers Network, a nationally-recognized radio program featuring interviews with best-selling authors and other well-known experts in the fields of psychology, treatment, education, humanities, health and a range of general issues affecting youth and their families.

Portland’s morning show, AM Northwest | “Book Talk.”

Publisher’s Weekly | Soapbox

Hard Choices: An author decides to publish another book and risk losing her family again

Writer’s Digest | On the Story That Begged To Be Told

Laura was featured in Writer’s Digest in a special interview.

Narrative Species | Interview

“At her heart a storyteller, Davis writes a page-turning, compelling narrative. Short scenes link through time and plot, making the book hard to put down even when it is difficult to read because the pain and love are so powerfully present on the page. But Davis knows that what gets us to read is plot, and there’s a lot here made from the fabric of ordinary everyday life with a parent succumbing to the story-destroying horror of Alzheimer’s. Add to that Laura’s own pain-and-love laden back story, and her well-wrought vision of suburban life and it gives the overall book a much lighter feel than one might expect given the omnipresent darkness that has cast a shadow over their lives.”

—Rick Kleffel, Narrative Species reviewing The Burning Light of Two Stars.

Write-Minded Podcast | The Staying Power of the Mother-Daughter Story

This week we’re talking about the mother-daughter story, which is equally powerfully conveyed in both fiction and memoir. This week’s guest, Laura Davis, has a gripping new memoir about her relationship with her mother, structured as a countdown to her mother’s death. Laura explores in the book and on the show topics including estrangement and caregiving someone who’s betrayed you. We also talk about writing about other people, and Laura shares a bit about her past, having co-authored the best-selling book, The Courage to Heal, and bringing her writing chops to a new genre.

Notes on Your Notes | Laura’s Guest Appearance

This fascinating behind-the-scenes conversation between Laura and her book coach, Joshua Townshend-Zellner, reveals how they worked together and lifts the veil on the creative process of crafting and shaping Laura’s vision and manuscript into the final version of The Burning Light of Two Stars.

Laura says, “Of all the podcasts I have recorded in the lead-up to the publication of The Burning Light of Two Stars, this one is particularly special, because it’s a conversation between me and Joshua Townshend, the phenomenally gifted coach who helped me get this book over the finish line. Joshua and I worked intensively for the last year and a half of the 10 years it took me to finish The Burning Light of Two Stars. When we began our work together, I despaired that I’d never be able to shape the book into its final form; despite teaching writing for over 20 years, I just didn’t have the storytelling skills. I couldn’t find the shape of the story. I didn’t know how to build suspense and keep readers enthralled. Many readers have told me that they can’t put the book down—“riveting” is the word I hear most often—that’s because of what Joshua taught me about story, storytelling and building momentum. In this intimate interview, we discuss our process working together. If you’re a writer or creator, I highly recommend that you listen."

State of Mind Podcast | Caring for Aging and Dying Parents

One in six Americans are currently providing care to someone age 50 or older. The majority of these caregivers are women, and many find it difficult to balance with raising children and meeting work and family commitments. We’re joined by award-winning author, Laura Davis, who has a new memoir about reconciling her strained relationship with her mother as she cares for her through her dementia and death. We’re also joined by Chief Medical Officer at Hospice Santa Cruz and palliative care specialist, Dr. Karl Segnitz, who discusses ways families can navigate end-of-life challenges and find support.

Conversations with Joan | With Joan Herrmann

What happens when a family member betrays us and after we shut them out of our lives for years? Is it possible to let them back into our hearts?

On Joan Herrmann's podcast, Conversations with Joan, she interviews changemakers on their insights, tips and the strategies needed for personal and professional growth, improved health and well-being, and self-empowerment.

In her most recent episode, she interviewed me on The Burning Light of Two Stars, the healing journey I took as I reconciled with my mother, and the struggles that reemerged as I took care of her in her final years.

LaidOpen Podcast | Mothers, Daughters and the Evolution of Healing from Trauma

LaidOpen explores the naked truth about sexuality, from trauma to transcendence. Join us for honest conversations whether you are turned on or can’t find the switch. Get questions answered about how to take baby steps towards having connected sex. This podcast is for post-trauma thrivers and their loved ones to understand how all forms of trauma affect sexual expression.

What Lights You Up Podcast | Trauma, Betrayal, and Healing the Mother Wounds

Sunny was one of the many warm and wonderful people I met on the road to marketing this book. I loved our conversation about everything from me attending Woodstock at age 13 to The Burning Light of Two Stars on her What Lights You Up podcast. Her voice is warm as butter and so intimate. Sunny is made for talk radio. I'd love to drive all night, just listening to her voice as I cross the miles. This was definitely one of my very favorite stops in promoting the book.

Karen C.L. Anderson | Interview

Karen C.L. Anderson, author of Difficult Mothers, Adult Daughters: A Guide For Separation. Liberation & Inspiration interviews author Laura Davis about her soon-to-be-released memoir, The Burning Light of Two Stars: A Mother-Daughter Story.

Author2Author | Interview with Bill Kenower

Bill Kenower welcomes author Laura Davis to his show. In her 30+ year career as an author, Laura Davis has written seven non-fiction books that have changed peoples’ lives. Her new memoir, The Burning Light of Two Stars, tells the story of Laura’s dramatic and tumultuous relationship with her mother, Temme, from the time of Laura’s birth until her mother’s death. This story about “two souls who just wouldn’t quit each other” provides a no-holds-barred peek at the real Laura--the woman behind the teacher, the facilitator, and author.

Women Over 50: A Life Redesigned with Shelly Drymon

In this episode of the Women Over 50, Life Redesigned! Podcast, Laura talks with host Shelly Drymon about The Burning Light of Two Stars and delves into the topic of reconciliation with family members who have hurt you, healing from it, and setting boundaries.

The Morning Glory Project | ❀❀ Extra Blooms ❀❀

As the co-author, with Ellen Bass, of the iconic and groundbreaking book The Courage to Heal Laura Davis rode the hurricane-force that was unleashed by empowering women to talk about surviving sexual abuse, while also being catapulted to fame for the worst thing that had ever happened to her. In her new memoir, The Burning Light of Two Stars: A Mother Daughter Story Laura reveals what it was like behind the force of that hurricane and tells the intimate story of her relationship with her mother, of whom she eventually became caretaker.

The Power of Her | Grace for My Mother

A discussion focusing on breaking the cycles of trauma.

This discussion may delve into how self-esteem is built, the inner work necessary to heal, self-compassion, and content from Laura's memoir.

Brevity | Writing and The Green-Eyed Monster

In which Laura tackles the issue of jealousy between authors.

National Association of Memoir Writers presents | The Burning Light of Two Stars: A Mother-Daughter Story

Laura Davis in conversation with Linda Joy Myers, president of the National Association of Memoir Writers (NAMW).

In this presentation, Laura and Linda discuss:

  • How our relationship to our core stories evolves and changes over our life cycle
  • How to deal with the uncomfortable realization that your long-held, oft-repeated stories about your life are just that: stories—rather than “The Truth.”
  • How to move from flat black and white depictions of the “hero and the villain” to complex, multifaceted characters on the page
  • About the ethics and cost of writing about family
  • How to find both compassion and courage in dealing with family members who may hate what you have written

Bowing to Elephants Podcast | Courage and Healing Through Memoir

"Today, a master of memoir joins the show. Laura Davis is the author of seven groundbreaking books, including The Courage To Heal. In addition to her own writing, Laura helps people tell their stories and hone their craft. She loves creating communities where writers can inspire and support each other.

Laura’s brand new memoir, The Burning Light of Two Stars, explores her complicated relationship with her mother. I highly recommend you take a taste of this beautiful, moving book. The first five chapters are available on her website.

More than any other relationship, our relationship with our mothers defines us. Available on November 9th, Laura’s latest memoir chronicles Laura’s story of caring for her mother in the final years of her life."

Breathing Wind Podcast | Without a Fight - Caregiving When the Relationship is Complicated

How might you care for someone at the end of their life when your relationship isn’t perfect? In this episode, Laura Davis and Sarah Davis talk about caregiving when still healing from past traumas, power dynamic flip from child to caregiver and caring for people with dementia. Laura Davis is a six-time bestselling author who leads transformative writing workshops internationally. Her latest book, a memoir, The Burning Light of Two Stars, is about the dramatic twists and turns of mother-daughter love. You can read the first five chapters of Laura’s memoir for free at: http://www.lauradavis.net/chapters

This episode is part of a Breathing Wind miniseries titled Caregiving Journey, hosted by Breathing Wind founder and host, Sarah Davis. The Caregiving Journey miniseries explores:

  • How stories of other caregivers can help us feel less alone
  • Ambiguous grief and caregiving at end of life
  • The shifting roles of the caregiver
  • How and why to seek self-care
  • Joy in the caregiving journey

The Death Diagloues Project Podcast

Becky Aud-Jennison masterfully takes on the subject of death in her life work and her wonderful podcast, The Death Dialogues Project. In this conversation, they discuss the deaths in Laura’s life and her estrangement and reconciliation with her mother—and Laura’s involvement at the end of her life.

Dr. D's Social Network Podcast

Listen in on free form and unscripted conversations with people and professionals from all parts of the world. Dr. Darian Parker engages his guests with unique questions along with deep listening to provide the listener with quality content from a vast array of topics. On this day, it was my turn. We had a great conversation!

For audio only versions, you can listen on Apple Podcasts here or on Spotify Podcasts here

Zestful Aging Podcast with Nicole Christina | How I Reconciled with My Difficult Mother and Cared for Her in Her Final Days

And Then Everything Changed Podcast with Ronit Plank | Caring For and Writing About the Mother Who Betrayed You

Laura Davis, celebrated author and advocate, joins And Then Everything Changed for episode 100! When Laura’s groundbreaking first book, The Courage to Heal was released decades ago it was the first of its kind to document hundreds of women’s stories of sexual abuse. In it, Laura shared her own story of being sexually abused by her grandfather, showed women it was possible to heal from this trauma, and called out the patriarchy. As she helped hundreds of thousands of women and her star rose, a rupture began in her own family. Her mother refused to believe Laura about the abuse she’d suffered, and when Laura came out as lesbian her family rejected her.

Laura relocated across the country and found a supportive community, a loving relationship, became a mother, and wrote and published many more books. Then, toward the end of her mother’s life, she told Laura she was moving to live near her and Laura faced the prospect of caring for and being in relationship again with her mother who had hurt her so many years before. In this episode Laura shares what it was like to write her new memoir, The Burning Light of Two Stars: A Mother-Daughter Story about how she reconciled with the mother who betrayed her and came to care for her in her final days.

Also in this episode: Laura’s tips for writing about traumatic experiences, where the boundaries are when writing about family experiences, and what all memoir writing needs.

Create Outloud Podcast with Jen Louden | How to Make Personal Experiences Universal for Your Audience

Laura talks with teacher, content creator, and creative entrepreneur Jen Louden about the nitty-gritty of writing a memoir, craft, and what it means to market your own memoir.

The Spark with Stephanie James

Join Stephanie James for a candid and deep dive with author Laura Davis, author of seven non-fiction books, including The Courage to Heal, which combined have sold over 1.8 million copies internationally, as we discuss her new book, The Burning Light of Two Stars, which examines the endurance of mother daughter love, how memory protects and betrays us, and the determination it takes to fulfill a promise when ghosts from the past come knocking.

Laura is an amazing heart-led teacher, who has helped her students find their own voices. Her books have inspired and changed people's lives all over the world for more than twenty years.

Come be inspired! This is an episode that will light up the sparks within your own heart.

The Revelation Project Podcast with Monica Rodgers

The Burning Light of Two Stars: A Mother-Daughter Story was such a beautiful book, and its author Laura Davis was a total delight to interview. Having had my own childhood trauma and troubled parental relationships, this book was incredibly helpful in helping to illuminate the deeper truths that lie under the surface of my personal struggle. I found peace and compassion in ways that surprised me.

Can you caretake a parent who betrayed you in the past? Is it possible to become open-hearted when life has taught you it's safer to stay protected and closed? How do we reconcile with someone we are estranged from when we disagree about some basic facts/realities in life? What does the healing process from trauma look like over the course of a lifetime? What does it mean to write about people in your life -- what are the ethical issues and concerns?

Moving Beyond Family Struggles | Book Launch Event

In this book launch event, sponsored by Yasmin Kerkez and Moving Beyond Family Struggles, Laura focuses on questions about estrangement and reconciliation.

Eat, Darling, Eat | How to Bake Rugelach with Mom

Eat, Darling, Eat | Temme's Brisket

Lisa L. Kirchner | If It’s Not One Thing, It’s Your Mother

An interview with Lisa L. Kirchner.

The Resilience Series Podcast

Aging Today | A Tumultuous Mother-Daughter Story

An interview on the Aging Today podcast.

Write On | With Liz Olds on KFAI Radio

Out of Minneapolis, MN. Interview starts at about 32:30.

The Best Books on the Drama, Conflict, Loyalty & Love of the Mother-Daughter Knot

Audiobook Connection Interview

Recording your own audiobook in partnership with a pro narrator – Interview with Laura Davis

Nita Sweeney | Author Interview

Lori and Julia's Book Club

Laura Davis joins LOJ Book Club to talk about her new book, The Burning Light of Two Stars: A Mother-Daughter Story.

Healing Sexual Trauma Summit 2021 | Beyond Healing: How the Healing Process Evolves Over a Lifetime

In this amazing interview with Laura Davis you will learn:

  • How the healing process evolves and changes over the course of a lifetime.
  • The most important things to remember when attempting to make peace with an estranged family member.
  • How Laura’s difficult relationship with her mother has transformed and healed over time.

Beyond MeToo: Healing the Wounds of Sexual Trauma | Beyond ‘The Courage to Heal’

“When I wrote The Courage to Heal, if you had asked me who I was at that point in my life, I would’ve said ‘I’m an incest survivor,’ and that would have been it. I didn’t have any other identity. I was consumed by it, and it felt like my life had been destroyed by it and that I would never recover. So many decades later, I’m in such a different place that if you asked me, ‘Who are you?’, I would say ‘I’m a teacher, I’m an author,  I’m a mother, I’m a grandmother, I’m a swimmer, I’m a hiker,  I’m a friend, I’m a sister.’ ‘Incest survivor’ wouldn’t even be on the list, and it’s because that experience, with many other experiences, is in the fabric of the cloth that shaped me, but it’s so in the background now.”

The Morning Glory Project | Wholehearted

with Betsy Graziani Fasbinder, Host of The Morning Glory Project

Note: The Burning Light of Two Stars was originally named Wholehearted, as the book is referred to in this interview.

Good Grief Podcast | Estrangement to Reconciliation

From the Good Grief Podcast with Cheryl Jones, May 16, 2018.

Women Emerging Summit | Reclaiming Our Souls from Sexual Abuse

2020 Women Emerging Supersummit (Credit: Courtesy of Women Emerging Supersummit

Moving Beyond Family Struggles | The Road from Estrangement to Reconciliation

Laura interviewed by Yasmin Kerkez at the Moving Beyond Family Struggles Summit, 2021

NAMW | Writing as a Pathway Through Grief, Loss, Uncertainty, and Change

Laura did this interview with Linda Joy Myers for the National Association of Memoir Writers.

A Conversation with Laura Davis

An interview with Christina Hamlett

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