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John Nelson; Where Excuses Go To Die

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Accomplished author and prison expert, John is now known as the; No Excuses guy. But in 1990, young John pursued his worst ideas and learned first-hand about crime and punishment. The LAPD called him the Bookstore Bandit and later collared him robbing banks. Based on a crazy conversation with a former girlfriend, his ill-chosen casual crime spree contrasted painfully with his engaging and law-abiding, upper-middle class family. Now, decades later, John provides informed insight and surprising humor about his journey through the place where excuses go to die. John beat the odds and made his four years in prison a time of real personal growth.  He is now an expert on avoiding recidivism and surviving the failed penal system. With such life experiences under his belt, John speaks compellingly to adults and pre-adults alike. His memoir, Where Excuses Go To Die is an edgy, smart, coming-of-age story that while mostly set in prison, also provides a real look at family and personal evolution. John’s journey as a writer began with prison essay competitions and continued after his release, from working with the U.S. Veterans Initiative, to DreamWorks and Maverick Records, to writing contracts with Mattel Toys. He is regularly interviewed on radio and has been on ABC's 2020 and other TV segments.

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