BLOG TOUR: The Life List by Lori Nelson Spielman

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Having just finished reading Lori Nelson Spielman's new novel The Life List - and trust me, it was very hard to put down! - Trashionista is delighted to have the lovely Lori stop by as part of her blog tour to let us in on her firsts and lasts...

Lori Nelson Spielman's Firsts and Lasts

KISS
First: I was a late bloomer, and horrified that I might be 'sweet sixteen and never been kissed'. Lucky for me, Nick Nicol (yes, the same boy from the book!) saved me from that mortifying plight. He pulled me aside at a party and planted an unexpected kiss on my lips. Then he walked away. It's the only time in my life I remember actually feeing dizzy from something that didn't spin. 

Last: My husband. This morning. Nice.


BOOK
First: The first chapter book I fell in love with was The Boxcar Children, by Gertrude Chandler Warner. My third grade teacher read it to our class, and I was completely and utterly captivated.

Last: I just finished The Glass Wives, by Amy Sue Nathan. It's terrific. The premise is so fresh--an ex-wife takes in her husband's new wife and child after he dies. 


RISK
First: As a teen, I was pretty mischievous, but I don't think I'll go there! My biggest risk ever, one that I struggled most with, was saying goodbye to a wonderful man who loved me. The feelings just weren't there. He was the Herbert in my life, if you've read The Life List, the man I wish I could have loved.  

Last: My latest risk involves live, on-air radio interviews--I'm someone who is terrified of public speaking! Just as I was beginning to breathe during these 15-minute segments, crisis hit. Yesterday, I called into the station three minutes prior to the show, as instructed, and received that annoying message telling me my call could not be completed as dialed. What?! Long story short, I was given the wrong area code! I finally connected with about 90 seconds remaining in the show. The host was ticked, I was a wreck, and my cred was completely shot. So much for that PR blitz!


HELL YA MOMENT 
First: In high school I was voted Best Personality, basically, the equivalent of Miss Congeniality in a beauty contest. Some might prefer the title of Best Body or Prettiest Eyes. But me? I said, "Hell ya!"

Last: Last winter, I approached a local bookseller about doing a book event in July. She was skeptical, saying debut authors don't draw much of a crowd, it'll be summer and everybody's on vacation, yada yada yada. Two days ago, I had the event. It was their biggest debut crowd ever, 100+ people, standing room only. They sold out of books at both their stores. Hell ya! 


AHA MOMENT
First: Several years ago I heard Anderson Cooper say that his mother, Gloria Vanderbilt, advised him, "Follow your bliss." This little phrase resonated with me. I immediately thought of my writing, and vowed to follow Gloria's advice--and my bliss. 

Last: Author Julianna Baggott offered this tip to debut authors: "You are not your book." Since then, I've tried to call The Life List "the book" rather than "my book". Whether it's wildly successful or withers on the shelf, I am neither a superstar nor a failure. 

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As part of the Life List tour, bloggers have been asked to think of three things that would be included on their own life lists. Looking back, my goals at fourteen, just like those of heroine Brett, would have been so, SO much different to what they are now! (Well, kind of. I think we'll scrap that 'pop star' ambition, right? Good.) Still, this was quite a fun task. Here are three things that would feature on my own list of lifelong goals....

Elle's Life List

1. Become a published author.
2. Visit as much of America as possible.
3. Run a marathon!

What would be on YOUR Life List? Let us know! And be sure to visit the book blogs taking part in Lori's tour, for some more features and interviews.

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