Nora Zelevansky is a journalist, essayist, columnist and editor for publications including Elle, Town & Country, The Los Angeles Times, Style.com, Salon.com, Vanity Fair, Organic Spa and more. Her debut novel Semi-Charmed Life (St. Martin’s Press; July 2012) is a comedic coming-of-age story and modern fable about a directionless twentysomething named Beatrice Bernstein, who was raised by quirky Upper West Side art world parents, much like the author’s own. The book both celebrates and pokes fun at the fashion, beauty and art worlds the writer loves dearly. Though born and raised in New York City, Zelevansky spent years in LA and grew to love the West Coast too. That experience—combined with a stubborn health issue, extensive travel coverage and an innate passion for anything lavender-scented—led her to explore the worlds of beauty, natural healing, and alternative medicine, both personally and professionally. Those interests have led to positive life changes that she loves to impart.
MY PROCESS: “Acknowledge your particular strengths and weaknesses and then stop trying to fight or mold them. No one can do everything. It’s okay to focus on what works for you and accepting that can lighten the load.”