PublishHer Podcast
{ep. 60} Writing, publishing, & marketing a memoir about finding love with Linda Jamsen
January 24, 2022
Alexa Bigwarfe sits down with Linda Jamsen to discuss what her journey was like to write, publish, and market her memoir, Odyssey of Love. The discussion digs into why Linda decided to write this memoir after her father died, the decision to self-publish her book, what went well for Linda, what her challenges were, and how she's continuing to learn new marketing tactics to grow her audience and sell more books.
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Linda Jämsén is an American ex-pat writer-musician living in Finland. She grew up in New York, holding a book in one hand while exploring the piano keyboard with the other. Mesmerized by her mother’s playing of the Romantic repertoire, she soon studied piano with her and later graduated with a B.A. in Music from Bard College. Linda is also an avid choral singer and has performed in Hungary, Finland, the UK, and Israel.

During her years in Boston, Linda raised funds for a variety of philanthropic causes and completed the graduate management course at Radcliffe Seminars/Harvard. However, longing to return to her musical roots, in 2001 she moved to Budapest, land of her musical idol, Franz Liszt. There, she volunteered for the Music Academy in his name and also received a CELTA certificate from International House, where she then taught English as a foreign language. Her musical, romantic, and travel adventures abroad inspired her to write Odyssey of Love: A Memoir of Seeking and Finding, her literary debut.

Linda lives on an island in Helsinki with her husband, the “tall man with glasses” from the memoir, and their treasured Russian icon. A sequel, Triptych, is in the works.

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