Craft-ish Episode 27: Novelist, Nora Zelevansky

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A Conversation with Nora Zelevansky, Novelist & Journalist

This week Vickie talked to Brooklyn-based journalist and novelist, Nora Zelevansky. Her latest book, Will You, Wont You, Want Me is out on shelves now. 

During their conversation, Nora gave usa peak into her life as a full-time writer and mom. She shared a bit of her creative process, some of the experiences that helped shape both of her novels, and the educational, life and spiritual journeys that have brought her where she is today.


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Show Notes:

Nora Zelevansky is a novelist, journalist and editor. As a freelance writer, she covers style, beauty, travel, design, food, wellness, health, fitness, TV and film and burgeoning cultural trends, as well as writing profiles and humor essays. Her work has appeared in publications including ELLE, Vanity Fair, Town & Country, T Magazine (The New York Times), Travel + Leisure, The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times,, SELF,, The Daily Beast and The Washington Post. She is also the editorial director for upscale wellness website, Live The Process.

Her debut novel SEMI-CHARMED LIFE was released on July 3rd, 2012.  This first in a two-book deal with St. Martin’s Press draws heavily on her childhood on Manhattan’s Upper West side with art world parents, as well as her years as a lifestyle journalist, chronicling (with humor) the latest—sometimes wonky—cultural trends.

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Zelevansky attended New York City’s Calhoun School through high school, then Scripps College of The Claremont Colleges in California. After graduation, she moved to LA to work first in film development & acquisitions and then in politics, before transitioning into freelance writing.

She currently lives in Brooklyn, NYC with her husband and baby daughter amidst copious artisanal nooks.

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 nora zelevansky will you wont you want meEnter to win a SIGNED copy of Nora’s latest novel, “Will You Won’t You Want Me? Post a comment letting us know what you do to kick start your own creativity. Comments must be received by 10pmCT on November 16, 2016.

UPDATE: Winner is: Kathy — Congrats! 


Nora’s Website

Nora on Facebook

Nora on Twitter

Audio Book: Will You Wont You Want Me


Mentioned in the Show

Movie: Swimming with Sharks
L.A. Weekly Article (2004)




Produced by: Vickie Howell

Edited & Mixed by: Dave Campbell

Music Provided by: Explosions in the Sky


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6 Responses to “Craft-ish Episode 27: Novelist, Nora Zelevansky”

  1. Joy

    To jumpstart my creativity, I pet my yarn. I tend to get inspiration from Rav and I subscribe to several magazines and get inspired there… but sometimes that can get overwhelming. SO many patterns! I want to knit all the things! But then I go to my stash and poke around and it grounds me. I pick out this skein (or these skeins) and go. Even if it doesn’t end up being my main project, it remains the one I pick up when I need that “ahhhhh” moment.

  2. Amberly

    I love looking at images, either of nature, other people’s art/ideas and thinking of how I could incorporate elements I like into a new idea uniquely my own.

  3. kathy

    Thanks for another interesting podcast, Vickie. Nora’s quote,which you read at the beginning of the podcast, is so encouraging. I find listening to podcasts like yours, Vickie, inspires.

  4. Gale

    Picking out some yarn & needles then looking for a beautiful pattern. I love making socks-hats,- shawls.
    Sometimes I shop patterns on Ravely, sometimes I look in books

  5. LaDonna Loehrke

    Inspiring podcasts, scrolling through Pinterest and Facebook crafting pages, hearing of a need locally or globally of something crocheted or knitted, and walking the yarn aisles at the nearest craft stores are a few ways I get inspired to create. <3

  6. Jenine Smith

    I jumpstart my creativity from my walks in the neighborhood, structures, unusual items in store windows or the coffee shop decor. There is a store in my neighborhood where crafters bring craft supplies for other ti reyse. There are other items (school supplies, office products, unusual odd and ends) that strike a creative idea like no other.