|International entertainment reporter Nelson Aspen.|
Serial Scoop got the dish on "My Prime Time" from Aspen himself. Read our exclusive interview below:
SERIAL SCOOP: What inspired you to write "My Prime Time"?
NELSON ASPEN: My publisher asked me if I had any ideas for my next book and I was approaching my 50th birthday at the time and planning a blow-out celebration. It occurred to me that so many people have hang ups about so-called "Middle Age" and there I was planning parties and running marathons. I felt like I had some inspiration to give!
SERIAL SCOOP: You always have so many projects happening, and are traveling the world, so when did you have time to work on this book?
NELSON ASPEN: I am always on the move, but that's the nice thing about writing: you can do it anywhere. The book is divided into distinct chapters and genres, so I could easily dive into a particular subject matter at any given moment.
SERIAL SCOOP: You've been in the entertainment business since you were a kid. What was your initial motivation to get started in the industry?
NELSON ASPEN: My mother wisely decided it was healthier for me to be on a stage interacting with other actors than talking to my imaginary friends ha ha! Even as a kid watching endless repeats of my favorite sitcoms, Merv Griffin and Michael Douglas, the daily P&G soaps with my grandmother and, of course, the annual Oscars telecast...I knew I would be a part of the Show Business community.
SERIAL SCOOP: I've always loved reading your remembrances of working on the soap opera Search for Tomorrow. Does "My Prime Time" include your daytime drama days
NELSON ASPEN: "The Past is Prologue" and those formative years working in Daytime are always with me, so of course they are included in this book. Soap fans will recognize quite a few folks in its pages.
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Michael Goldberg is a writer, producer and actor based out of New York. He hosts Serial Scoop Now and regularly contributes television and web series features to SerialScoop.com.