Lori Nelson Spielman's new, debut novel is The Life List.
From her Q & A with Caroline Leavitt:
CL: I read that the idea for your novel came from a life list you’d written at age 14. Can you tell us some of the things on your life list?Visit Lori Nelson Spielman's website.
LNS: I wish I could say my list was comprised of noble pursuits and daring adventures. Truth is, most of my wishes were humble and conventional, like having babies and going to college and getting married. Like my protagonist, I wanted a horse and a dog (neither of which I have). And some goals were embarrassingly shallow, like Have lots of clothes. Apparently a nice wardrobe is key to a happy life. Who knew?
CL: Most people think of a bucket list when they see your title. Is there a difference between a life list and a bucket list?
LNS: I think of a life list as a blueprint for crafting your life. The goals are broader, farther-reaching and longer-term than those on a bucket list. In the book, Brett’s life list included things like having children and maintaining old friendships. A bucket list, on the other hand, is a list of one-time items that can be checked off in an instant, like a visit to the Grand Canyon or skydiving. But this is just my take on it. People seem to use the phrases interchangeably. And I recently heard about a third type of list, a list of...[read on]