Author Profile

Lian Dolan

Lian Dolan

Lian Dolan is a writer and broadcaster. She is the creator and host of Satellite Sisters, the award-winning talk show she has produced with her four real sisters since 200. Satellite Sisters, first syndicated by Public Radio and then ABC Radio,  is now a top-rated podcast for women online. The recent book by the Satellite Sisters, You're the Best: A Celebration of Friendship, is popular with book clubs. She also created the popular podcast about modern motherhood, The Chaos Chronicles, developed by Nick at Nite for TV. Lian is the author of two Los Angeles Times best-selling novels, Helen of Pasadena and Elizabeth the First Wife, and a regular columnist for Pasadena Magazine. In addition, Lian has written regular columns for O Magazine and Working Mother Magazine. A popular speaker who combines humor and heart, Lian has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, CBS Sunday Morning and The Today Show and many local TV stations. She’s been a featured speaker at the LA Times Festival of Books, the Santa Barbara Celebrity Authors Lunch, the Literary Guild of Orange County Festival of Women Authors and dozens of other events at libraries, book stores, schools and organizations. Lian graduated from Pomona College with a degree in Classics. She lives in Pasadena, California with her husband and two college-aged sons.


"We were honored to have Lian Dolan give the closing keynote address at our 2015 Festival of Women Authors. She is funny, passionate, wise, and an excellent speaker. Her talk provided the perfect ending to a day of extraordinary authors, and our attendees were delighted to hear and meet her."
-- Cindy Wood, Author Selection Committee, Orange County Literary Guild

"You are the best for delivering such wonderful insight about female friendship during our alumnae weekend. Your heartfelt, hilarious candor produced the perfect about of laughter and tears during a memorable book talk that will surely go down as the highlight of the day."
-- Lisa Vandergriff, Alumnae Relations Direction, Westridge School for Girls, Pasadena

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Videos featuring Lian Dolan

Lian Dolan on Good Morning Texas

Empty Nest Positives on KATU Afternoon Live