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Overcoming Self-Doubt with Pierce Brown, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

+ Finding Creative Happiness

»Don’t miss our Podcast Launch Giveaway— a set of Apple AirPods, 3rd generation! More details below.

»Event Reminder: I will be at Warwick’s in La Jolla, CA this Thursday, June 6th at 7:30pm to celebrate my friend Dana Elmendorf’s book launch. I will be signing books after the event.

Hello, Protagonists!

Welcome to the CREATIVE.INSPIRED.HAPPY Podcast, an interview series with incredibly successful writers about how they rose out of obscurity to build fulfilling careers. With each episode, I hope you'll learn something to make you more creative, inspired, or happy!

Evelyn Skye and Pierce Brown at San Diego Comic Con
Evelyn Skye and Pierce Brown at San Diego Comic Con, July 2023

My guest today is Pierce Brown, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Red Rising series, the latest of which—Light Bringer—recently came out in paperback.

But that’s not the only reason I invited Pierce here today. I chose him for you because he is a deep thinker—in my opinion, he’s one of the great sci-fi authors of our generation—and also a wonderful person who inspires me by his kindness and generosity. (He gives the best hugs.)

Today we talk about how Pierce overcomes self-doubt, how success has changed his career, and we debate creativity vs inspiration. (And we poke some good-natured fun at what authors are like.) We also discuss whether writing makes us happy.

I hope you enjoy the show!1

book covers for Pierce Brown's books next to his author photo
image source: The Portalist

Want more of Pierce?

You can buy his books here or find out more about Pierce on his website, Instagram, or X.

GIVEAWAY: Apple AirPods 3rd generation

To celebrate the launch of the CREATIVE.INSPIRED.HAPPY podcast, it seems fitting to outfit someone with new audio equipment. So I’m giving away one (1) pair of new Apple AirPods, 3rd generation.

To enter: Invite your friends to CREATIVE.INSPIRED.HAPPY using your referral link, and each time one of them subscribes, you get an entry.

Here’s your personal referral link:

Refer a friend

Giveaway open until June 9, 2024, 11:59pm PDT. Retail value $169. Winner will be selected at random and announced on June 11, 2024. Prize must be claimed within 30 days of winner announcement or it will be forfeited. NO ENTRY FEE. NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN THIS SWEEPSTAKES. A PAYMENT WILL NOT INCREASE THE ODDS OF WINNING. ENTRANTS MUST BE 13 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER, AND LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE 50 UNITED STATES OR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED BY LAW OR REGULATION.

More Gifts for you when your friends subscribe!

1 referral = I’ll send you my list of My Top 5 Must-Read Writing Resources

2 referrals = autographed bookplate + a cheerful, yellow CREATIVE.INSPIRED.HAPPY sticker, mailed anywhere in the world

5 referrals = 10-second, personalized video from me, where I say a happy hello to you (or the name of whoever you want me to record the video for)

All this amazing content is free? What’s the catch?

No catch! My mission in life is to bring more smiles to the world, and I genuinely enjoy bringing you inspiration and hopefully making your day a little bit brighter.

I figure that if you want to support my writing, you’ll buy some of my books for yourself or a reader in your life! ~xoxo, evelyn

CREATIVE.INSPIRED.HAPPY is a warm, vibrant community of thousands who believe that anyone can spark creativity and build an inspired, happier life.

photo credit in intro video: Arturo Holmes/WireImage via Getty Images (Evelyn Skye attends Netflix's "Damsel" New York Premiere at Paris Theater in New York City); Erin Ashford (Evelyn at Stanford sculpture)

Interviews with incredibly successful writers about how they rose from obscurity to build fulfilling careers. Learn something new each episode to make you more creative, inspired, and happy. Hosted by New York Times bestselling author and #1 Netflix film/literary collaborator Evelyn Skye.
🟨 Full video podcast available free at, along with $1,000 & $2,500 Scholarships for Aspiring Writers, a Book Club for Writers & Curious Readers, creativity challenges, and more.