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Can I Laugh On Your Shoulder?

Mar 27, 2024

The day is FINALLY here! Yesterday marked the official launch of my book, which means you can now purchase If I Don’t Laugh I’ll Cry everywhere books are sold!

To make this moment even more special, I'm joined by the one and only John Stillman in today’s episode. Although he didn’t prepare his interview questions (but don’t you worry- he never fails to prepare a joke or two) we had a blast reminiscing about the journey of bringing this book to life.

From the initial days of the writing process to receiving my first-ever feedback from early readers, every step of this adventure has been nothing short of incredible.

I want to extend a heartfelt thank you to each and every one of you who has supported me on this journey. Whether you've preordered the book, left a review, or simply shared in the excitement, your support means the world to me.

If you’re planning to get your hands on a copy soon, I can’t wait for you to read it!

Until next time, happy listening + happy reading!

0:11 – Presidents, Past Boyfriends & The Making of a Memoir

  • Selecting Millard Fillmore
  • The boyfriend chapter
  • The evolution of If I Don’t Laugh I’ll Cry

8:09 – … Now What?

  • A second book?
  • Anticipation of reader feedback
  • The publishing process
  • Molly’s favorite chapter

14:32 – Chapter By Chapter

  • What it’s like to work with an editor
  • Crafting an engaging narrative and chapter titles
  • Where chapters of the book were written

21:07 – Completing the Book

  • The book’s content and structure
  • The hardest chapters in the book to write
  • John’s dialogue in the book
  • The Dark Knight + Googling “racketeering”

29:16 – Final Thoughts

  • Positive feedback from male readers
  • Designing the book cover
  • Buying the book in person


“The initial idea was really just to tell a debt story... I think as I began to work on the outline I realized that more of that backstory needed to be included than I think I originally thought.”

“I think the thing I'm most looking forward to is hearing the stories of people who are reading it.”

“I can say, I'm not I'm not sick of myself. That sounds really weird to say, but I mean… I'm not sick of this book. Like, I'm not over it. I am more excited about it than ever. And I'm just genuinely excited for people to read it.”

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About Can I Laugh On Your Shoulder?

Can I Laugh On Your Shoulder? Podcast is a weekly podcast where we have honest conversations about faith, business, life, and everything in between. Hosted by speaker and author, Molly Stillman, her mission is to make you laugh, cry, and laugh till you cry. She wants to create a community of people who are unafraid to be themselves and have honest conversations about the things that matter most. Her vision is to create a safe space for people to explore their faith and share their stories and gifts with the world.