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Badass Women at Any Age

Apr 7, 2020

Sally Koslow is the author of bestsellers including  Another Side of Paradise, The Widow Waltz, and Little Pink Slips. Sally also is the author of Slouching Toward Adulthood and is the former editor-in-chief of McCall’s Magazine. Sally shares her story with us of what it was like going from Fargo, North Dakota to the bustling magazine industry in Manhattan, New York. She discusses the upsides and risks of going for what you want, challenges she overcame while making her way in the publishing world, and a peek into the inspiration behind her novels and essays. 


What You Will Hear in This Episode: 


  • How Sally made it from Fargo to Manhattan and took a big risk to leave her home town to work her way up to editor-in-chief of McCall’s Magazine. 
  • What it was like to be a staff member and editor in the magazine world, and what attributes Sally feels were crucial to her success. 
  • What kind of challenges Sally overcame along the way while rising in both the magazine and literary industry. 
  • A few cool key moments Sally experienced including several visits to The White House and an interview with Hillary Clinton. 
  • What inspired her to write Another Side of Paradise, a book that brings to life the shocking love affair of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Sheilah Graham.
  • The differences Sally finds between writing non-fiction, essay form, magazine articles and novels.  
  • How Sally challenges herself personally to get better as a writer, and in turn, keeps her work fresh and at the forefront of badassery. 



  • “I’m nothing if not determined, and I’ve turned out to be more resilient than anyone might have guessed.” 
  • “I don’t want to keep repeating myself, I’m not writing a formulaic book.” 
  • “I think it’s fun to try and make stuff up.” 
  • “It’s gotten harder because I’ve raised the bar for myself.” 



Sally Koslow 

Sally Koslow Books 

Sally Koslow Essays 


Bill Bryson

Washington Black 

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