#79 Being Vulnerable on the Page and Finding Empathy In Your Heart Featuring Amy Ferris

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Amy Ferris


Amy Ferris is one of those women who is a force of nature. She is uplifting and makes people feel that they aren’t alone — if they have shame, if they want to write, if they are creators — and most important,  if they want to make their lives beautiful.

We met years ago, first through social media, and later through being in an anthology together: Love Her Love Her Not: The Hillary Paradox.

I was delighted to speak with Amy for this episode about her inspiring new memoir in essays Mighty Gorgeous.

In This Episode

  • Amy’s search for self-worth [3:25]
  • Using social media (particularly Facebook) to build community[4:48]
  • The truth behind imposter syndrome [20:30]
  • The power in writing with vulnerability [26:59]
  • Where to get into a story for maximum impact [30:25]

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About Amy Ferris

Amy Ferris is an author, a writer, a screenwriter, an editor and a playwright. Her memoir, Marrying George Clooney, Confessions From a Midlife Crisis (Seal Press) was adapted into an Off-Broadway play in 2012. Amy has written for both the small screen (TV) and the big screen (Feature Films). As a screenwriter, she nominated for a Best Screenplay Award (BET, Black Reel Award) for her adaptation of the film, Funny Valentines (Director, Julie Dash) As an editor, she curated the anthology Shades of Blue, Writers on Depression, Suicide and Feeling Blue (Seal Press), and co-edited the anthology, Dancing at the Shame Prom (Seal Press). She co-authored Old School Love (HarperCollins, 2020) with Rev Run of RUN DMC fame. Amy serves on a variety of advisory boards supporting women and the Arts. She co-founded The Milford Readers & Writers Festival, is on the Advisory Board of the Women’s Media Center (Founded by Jane Fonda, Gloria Steinem and Robin Morgan) and is on faculty at The Kauai Writer’s Conference. In 2019 she was named one of Women’s eNews 21 LEADERS FOR THE 21st CENTURY, in 2021 she was a recipient of NextTribe’s The 12 Women Who Changed the World, and in 2022, Amy was awarded and honored by the Thoughtful Book Festival as Inspirational Woman in Media. Her new memoir, Mighty Gorgeous – A Little Book About Messy Love, is published by SheWritesPress.

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