Jean McCarthy

I tell my story on UnPickled, hold space for your stories on The Bubble Hour, and use the lessons learned to write books that help others.

Jean McCarthy is an award-winning blogger and podcaster who is best-known as a voice of recovery advocacy.

Jean has written several books on recovery, including a self-help series (UnPickled Holiday Survival Guide, 2019; UnPickled Prepare to be Alcohol-Free, 2022; UnPickled Recovery DIY, release date TBA), and a collection of poetry (The Ember Ever There: Poems on Change, Grief, Growth, Recovery, and Rediscovery, 2020).

Jean has also completed her first novel, a work of upmarket fiction for mainstream audiences.

Her blog UnPickled (9,000+ followers) began in 2011 and has continued to chronicle Jean’s alcohol-free lifestyle since her first day of sobriety. Thousands of readers credit UnPickled as a motivating factor in their decision to quit drinking.

Jean joined The Bubble Hour podcast as a co-host in 2013. She took over the weekly program as its sole producer and host in 2016. The show has a devoted and enthusiastic listenership with more than 4.2 million downloads.

Jean is a former performing songwriter with two albums of original music to her credit. Fans of the podcast are familiar with show’s theme song “I Own It,” a single from Jean’s 2008 album, “Blessings and Burdens.”

At a gala in New York City, Jean was named recipient of the 2017 SheRecovers Hope Award in recognition of her efforts to help others seek positive changes in their lives.

She lives in Alberta, Canada with her husband Ross and dog Scout.