Authors Between the Covers: What It Takes to Write Your Heart Out

March 1 2022

Celebrate International Women’s Month with the “Authors Between the Covers” show: Meet Olivia Campbell and learn about “Women in White Coats: How the first women doctors changed the world of medicine”

Authors Between the Covers: What It Takes to Write Your Heart Out
Authors Between the Covers: What It Takes to Write Your Heart Out
Celebrate International Women's Month with the "Authors Between the Covers" show: Meet Olivia Campbell and learn about "Women in White Coats: How the first women doctors changed the world of medicine"
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A Note from Hope Katz Gibbs, producer and founder, Inkandescent Radio — What an honor it is to interview Olivia Campbell, a journalist and author specializing in medicine and women. Her work has appeared in The Guardian, The Washington Post, New York Magazine, The Cut, and many others. 

Her new book is Women in White Coats: How the First Women Doctors Changed the World of Medicine. It is featured in the March 2022 issue of The Costco Connection. I have been writing for this monthly magazine since 1996 and have the privilege of writing this author interview article about Olivia and her book!

In our podcast, you’ll learn: 

  • All about Olivia’s career as a journalist and author who specializes in writing about medicine, women, history, and nature
  • How and when she knew she wanted to pursue this topic as a book
  • What in her research surprised her most
  • What delighted her, and what upset her
  • Any misconceptions about early women doctors that she wants to set straight
  • Lessons that contemporary physicians can learn from the three women doctors featured in the book
  • What she wants all of us, as patients, to know about doctors and medicine

Click here to learn more about Olivia, our cover story in the March-April 2022 issue of Inkandescent Women magazine!

First, a little more about Women in White Coats: How the First Women Doctors Changed the World of Medicine

This remarkable story will equally enchant fans of Hidden Figures and Radium Girls. We meet three Victorian women who broke down barriers in the medical field to become the first women doctors. They revolutionized the way women received health care and changed the way women looked at what was possible for themselves, their sisters, and their daughters.

In the early 1800s, women were dying in large numbers from treatable diseases because they avoided receiving medical care. Examinations performed by male doctors were often demeaning and even painful. In addition, women faced stigma from illness—a diagnosis could significantly limit their ability to find husbands, jobs, or be received in polite society.

Motivated by personal loss and frustration over inadequate medical care, Elizabeth Blackwell, Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, and Sophia Jex-Blake fought for a woman’s place in the male-dominated medical field. For the first time, Women in White Coats tells the complete history of these three pioneering women who, despite countless obstacles, earned medical degrees and paved the way for other women to do the same. Though very different in personality and circumstance, together, these women built women-run hospitals and teaching colleges—creating for the first time medical care for women by women.

With gripping storytelling based on extensive research and access to archival documents, Women in White Coats tells the courageous history these women made by becoming doctors, detailing the boundaries they broke of gender and science to reshape how we receive medical care today.

About Olivia: “I started writing as a young girl — mysteries fashioned after her beloved Nancy Drew,” noting that as a teen, her passion for ballet saw her train to become a professional dancer. A broken foot prompted Campbell’s pivot to arts journalist. An unplanned pregnancy, complicated birth, and postpartum depression turned her writing interest from the arts to a medic in college.

Today, she is an independent journalist, essayist, and author focusing on the intersections of medicine, women, history, and nature. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, New York Magazine/The Cut, HISTORY, The Washington Post, The Guardian, SELF, Aeon, Scientific American, Smithsonian Magazine, Literary Hub, Atlas Obscura, Good Housekeeping, Catapult, Parents, and Undark, among others. Visit her journalism portfolio here.

Olivia’s first book, Women in White Coats: How the First Women Doctors Changed the World of Medicine, was published in March 2021 by HarperCollins/Park Row Books. 

She holds a master’s degree in nonfiction science writing from Johns Hopkins University and an undergraduate degree in journalism from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is a member of the National Association of Science Writers. Campbell lives in the Philadelphia suburbs along with her husband, three sons, and two beloved cats. Learn more at ocampbellwriter.com.

Your Host: Journalist, author, and wine appreciator Hope Katz Gibbs

About the show: In “Authors Between The Covers,” we get the skinny from the professional writers who have made their dreams come true of publishing their books. Is it the fantasy they hoped it would be? For some, yes. For others, the reality of book publishing is an eye-opener that can be downright depressing. Always, it’s fascinating to hear their stories. Don’t miss it!

Learn more: To read about the dozens of authors we’ve profiled in BeInkandescent magazine, check out our Books of the Month.

Tune in every Thursday, for another episode of “Authors Between the Covers.”

Previous Episodes
Tuesday, March 1st, 2022

Celebrate International Women’s Month with the “Authors Between the Covers” show: Meet Olivia Campbell and learn about “Women in White Coats: How the first women doctors changed the world of medicine”

A Note from Hope Katz Gibbs, producer and founder, Inkandescent Radio — What an honor it is to interview Olivia Campbell, a journalist and author specializing in medicine and women. Her work has appeared in The Guardian, The Washington Post, New York Magazine, The Cut, and many others.  Her new book is Women in White Coats: How the First Women Doctors Changed the World of Medicine. It is featured in the March 2022 issue of The Costco Connection. I have been writing for this monthly magazine sinceClick here to listen to the podcast!

Tuesday, February 1st, 2022

Always a Song: Meet Ellen Harper and Sam Barry — authors of the story of folk music revival

A Note from Hope Katz Gibbs, producer, Inkandescent Radio — What an honor it is to feature this new book by Ellen Harper and Sam Barry, entitled: Always a Song: Singers, Songwriters, Sinners & Saints. A collection of stories from Ellen, a singer, and songwriter, who is the folk matriarch and mother to the Grammy-winning musician Ben Harper. Ellen shares vivid memories of growing up in Los Angeles through the 1960s among famous and small-town musicians raising Ben (pictured below) and the historicClick here to listen to the podcast!

Tuesday, January 18th, 2022

The January 2022 Inkandescent Publishing Spotlight is on: Stephen and Jim Gilliland, author of “Pushing Up: What 12 Months of Physical Challenges Taught Two Brothers About Connection, Leadership, and Purpose”

A Note from Hope Katz Gibbs, creator, Inkandescent PR + Publishing Co. — I am thrilled to host an Inkandescent interview on Sunday, Jan. 16 with authors Stephen Gilliland, a professor at Claremont Graduate University, and his brother Jim Gilliland. They have a big goal, a giant job, and a determination to keep the premise of their new book simple. “We promise to each other to do at least one exercise activity every day. It doesn’t matter if you areClick here to listen to the podcast!

Thursday, November 18th, 2021

Next on our “Authors Between the Covers” show: Bestselling Author Caroline Leavitt tells us about the last 10 years of her successful career since she published, “Pictures of You”

A Note from Hope Katz Gibbs, executive producer and host, Inkandescent Radio — On today’s episode of Authors Between the Covers, you’ll meet New York Times bestselling author Caroline Leavitt, a phenom in the book publishing world. We know you’ll love meeting her as much as we love knowing this truly amazing woman! Backstory: I met Caroline a decade ago when I was hired by the magazine I write for, The Costco Connection, to interview her. She had just steppedClick here to listen to the podcast!

Monday, November 1st, 2021

“It’s all about the harmonica,” insists musician, author, and all-around funnyman Sam Barry

Our spotlight is on: Author, musician, and all-around funnyman Sam Barry. Our hot topic: Why it’s important to write that book already! And how to keep your sense of humor—even when the proverbial poop is hitting the fan. Your host: Hope Katz Gibbs, publisher of Be Inkandescent magazine, and founder & president of The Inkandescent Group, LLC Click here to listen to the podcast. On the “I Got the Music In Me” radio show, we give voice to songbirds, andClick here to listen to the podcast!

Tuesday, June 15th, 2021

Don’t Miss Author Lee Woodruff’s New Novel, “Those We Love Most”

Author Lee Woodruff has just released her novel, “Those We Love Most.” The gripping story will have you fighting back the tears—and also asking how you’d handle one of life’s most unthinkable situations. Here’s the scenario: Life is good for Maura Corrigan. Married to her college sweetheart, Pete, raising three young kids with her parents nearby in her peaceful Chicago suburb, her world is secure. Then one day, in a single turn of fate, that entire world comes crashing down,Click here to listen to the podcast!

Tuesday, June 1st, 2021

Happy 75th anniversary to Highlights for Children: If you read this magazine as a kid, check out the publication today!

A Note from Hope Katz Gibbs, creator, Inkandescent Radio —Happy 75th anniversary to Highlights for Children, the wonderfully engaging magazine that you likely read as a kid and probably have shared with your own children and grandchildren! This month, we had the privilege of interviewing Christine Cully, Editor-in-Chief and Chief Purpose Officer of Highlights, who talked with us about the history of this fantastic publication that has touched millions of children. Please scroll down to read our Q&A, and be sure to watch ourClick here to listen to the podcast!

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019

In "Tangerine," author Christine Mangan Takes Us on a Tantalizing Trip to Tangier

Hello and welcome to the Inkandescent Radio show, “Authors Between the Covers.” I’m your host, the founder of the Inkandescent Radio Network, Hope Katz Gibbs. I’m thrilled to be here today with Christine Mangan, author of Tangerine, the Hitchcockian tale of Alice Shipley and Lucy Mason — college roommates who reconnect in the Moroccan city of Tangier, 1956. Drama and intrigue ensue, and indeed this page-turner is incredibly hard to put down. In the last six months, “Tangerine” has gottenClick here to listen to the podcast!

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

Hope Katz Gibbs is featured on Tyler Wagner's "Business Blast" show

It was an honor and privilege to be interviewed today by Tyler Wagner, Head Honcho @ Authorsunite.com, for his podcast show, The Business Blast. Be sure to listen to our chat by downloading the podcast now! Scroll down for a transcript of our interview. Tyler: What’s the best story from your life that has an underlying, valuable message? Hope: Oh, there are so many to choose from … my dad was a bookie, I got left at the alter, whenClick here to listen to the podcast!

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

Author Dawn Tripp Puts “Georgia” On Our Minds

Author Dawn Tripp movingly reveals artist Georgia O’Keeffe as a woman striving to live the life she believes in in her new book, “Georgia,” an imagined story of the life of the infamous artist. The book draws readers in from page 1 as she writes: “I no longer love you as I once did, in the dazzling rush of those early days. Time itself was feverish then, our bodies filled with fire … the metallic scent of the dark room,Click here to listen to the podcast!

Friday, May 1st, 2015

Daniel Brook Takes Us Back to the Future

“Every month, 5 million people move from the past to the future,” writes Daniel Brook, author of the 2013 tome, “A History of Future Cities.” “Pouring into developing-world ‘instant cities’ like Dubai and Shenzhen, these urban newcomers confront a modern world cobbled together from fragments of a West they have never seen,” he explains, asking: “Do these fantastical boomtowns, where blueprints spring to life overnight on virgin land, represent the dawning of a brave new world? Or is their vauntedClick here to listen to the podcast!

Monday, April 13th, 2015

If you are a self-published author, you'll want to meet IPPY's Jim Barnes

Jim Barnes is a book editor and director of the IPPY Awards (shorthand for the Independent Publisher Book Awards) — which, for nearly two decades, have rewarded the creativity and innovation of independent authors and publishers who are “changing the face of publishing around the world.” With more than 75 subject categories, regional awards for eight US and two Canadian regions, and a spectacular awards ceremony in New York on the eve of BookExpo America, the IPPY Awards are oneClick here to listen to the podcast!

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

"Red Tent" Author Anita Diamant Scores Another Hit With "The Boston Girl"

If you missed Anita Diamant’s “The Red Tent” — a book with such a strong woman protagonist and such a compelling plot that many of us devoured it — then you need to immediately add this title to your reading list. Published in 1997, it is Diamant’s first work of fiction. Inspired by a few lines from Genesis, the book became a word-of-mouth best-seller thanks to reader recommendations, book groups, and support from independent bookstores. In 2001, the Independent BooksellersClick here to listen to the podcast!

Monday, December 1st, 2014

Are You Ready to Start Your Own Happiness Project? Gretchen Rubin Shows Us the Way

Gretchen Rubin was clerking for Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor when she realized that what she really wanted to be was a writer. Since then, she has written several books, including the best-selling “Forty Ways to Look at Winston Churchill,” and her uber-popular “The Happiness Project: Or, why I spent a year trying to sing in the morning, clean my closets, fight right, read Aristotle, and generally have more fun.” Best-selling author Dan Pink said of the book, “ThisClick here to listen to the podcast!

Friday, September 26th, 2014

Author Tom Shroder Explores the Healing Powers of LSD in "Acid Test"

LSD? Ecstasy? Really? Yes, insists Tom Shroder, author of “Acid Test.” In his new book, he makes a convincing argument and encourages us to open our minds to the fact that lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) can heal. The former Washington Post Magazine editor Tom Shroder was a 21-year-old college journalist, when the idea started percolating. He had noticed an article about a charismatic hippie with a pet wolf who was building a house in the woods. His name was RickClick here to listen to the podcast!

Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

Are You Ready For the IPPY's?

Jim Barnes is a book editor and director of the IPPY Awards, shorthand for the Independent Publisher Book Awards. He has been involved with the program since 1997. What are the IPPY’s and why have hundreds of self-published authors applied to win the coveted medallion? We’ll learn all about it in this podcast, plus: Jim gives us the skinny on the independent book publishing world. He shares facts and figures on this growth industry, as well as the down sideClick here to listen to the podcast!

Monday, January 27th, 2014

What's Journalist Meg Cox Advice on Getting in the News?

Journalist and author Meg Cox has been earning her living as a writer since graduating from Northwestern University in 1975. She was hired as a staff writer by the Wall Street Journal in 1977, at age 24, and worked at the WSJ in Chicago and New York for 17 years. Her beats included financial futures, agriculture, the business of the arts, and publishing. Since the birth of her son, Max, in 1994, Meg has written for many national magazines —Click here to listen to the podcast!

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

Caroline Leavitt on the Art and Craft of Writing the Perfect Book

From a fatal car crash and the death of a parent, to the drama of comforting a sick child and coping with infidelity, life’s greatest emotional challenges play out in the pages of Caroline Leavitt’s books. These scenarios are the stuff of nightmares. But Leavitt’s engaging writing style, character development, and ability to write a book you can’t put down, make this title a must-read. “I’m always obsessed with what pulls people together, and what tugs them apart, particularly families,”Click here to listen to the podcast!

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

Harvard Law Lecturer Erica Fox Teaches Us To "Win From Within"

Do you want to get more of what you want, improve your relationships, and enjoy life’s deeper rewards? That’s the ambitious goal that Harvard lecturer Erica Ariel Fox achieves in her new book, Winning From Within: A breakthrough method for leading, living, and lasting change, “The goal of the book is to provide a map for understanding your inner world and a method for sorting yourself out,” explains Fox, who notes the principles of the book were developed from herClick here to listen to the podcast!

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

Barbara Shapiro Thrills Us In "The Art Forger"

“The Art Forger” turned Author B.A. Shapiro into an overnight success—more than two decades after she started writing books. A fantastic story centers on the infamous art heist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum—still the largest unsolved art theft in history—one of the stolen Degas paintings is delivered to the Boston studio of a young artist. The main character, Claire Roth, has entered into a Faustian bargain with a powerful gallery owner by agreeing to forge the Degas in exchangeClick here to listen to the podcast!