Podcast Episode 140: Balancing Parenting and a Creative Career with Novelist Chevy Stevens

Thanks so much for coming by to check out Episode 140 of The New Family Podcast where we talk to a writer about what it takes to pursue a dream.

Anyone who has ever dreamed of quitting a day job to pursue work they’re passionate about will want to tune in for this episode. I speak with Chevy Stevens, a mom and author of several wildly successful thriller novels featuring strong female protagonists. Chevy quit her real-estate job and sold her home to finance her writing. Her debut novel, Still Missing, then went on to become a New York Times bestseller. Her books have garnered glowing reviews and received praise from the likes of Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn. Chevy now supports her family with her writing and her husband is a stay-at-home dad. She talks about what it takes to find the mental space and quiet to write when you work from home your kid wants to hang out with you 24/7. Plus, Chevy opens up about how some difficult aspects of her own upbringing helped her to write authentically about domestic violence in her latest novel, Never Let You Go.

Here are some resources related to my discussion with Chevy.

Chevy’s book Never Let You Go

Chevy’s debut novel Still Missing

Chevy’s website

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Chevy’s Favourite Parenting Advice

“Even now, I hate it the most, but I find myself saying it sometimes, is that ‘You just wait.’ People always do that. You’ll just make one stage and they’ll go ‘Oh, you just wait until they start walking,’ and you’re like ‘I’m barely dealing with this. Did you have to tell me that something else bad is going to happen?’ Just try to avoid the ‘you just wait’ comment. And every kid is so different so you can’t say that another parent’s experience will be like your experience at all. Another thing I learned is that all the tough stuff that feels like it’s going to be forever is not forever.”

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Brandie Weikle


Brandie is a long-time parenting editor, writer and spokesperson. Most recently editor-in-chief of Canadian Family magazine, Brandie has also been the parenting and relationships editor for the Toronto Star, founding editor of two Toronto Star websites, and an editor for Today’s Parent. Brandie is a single mother of two in Toronto and a frequent television and radio guest on parenting topics. A former digital director at House & Home Media, she also consults on digital audience engagement. Contact her here.

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