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Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Tracey Henry and Suzannah DiMarzio

Tori Spelling says she relates more to Midwest Mommas than those in Hollywood



torispelling1370.jpgTori Spelling was sweet Donna Martin on Beverly Hills 90210 but since then she has starred in those Lifetimes women in jeopardy movies, starred in her own reality show (it's still running) and started a Twitter account for her son Liam. On Tuesday night, about 1,400 fans from around the bay area wanted to get an up close and personal look at Spelling, who along with best buddy Mehran Farhat, was at the Carrollwood Barnes & Noble to promote her new book, Uncharted TerriTORI. The book centers on the challenges of being the perfect wife, mother and mini-mogul.

She arrived at B&N about 7:45 p.m. and didn't leave until 2:20 a.m., spending nearly seven hours signing books. “Tampa U rock!’’ tweeted Spelling about 3 a.m. Wednesday. “Blown Away. Gr8t nite!’’ Her fans were just as excited as she was: “It’s a once in a lifetime thing,’’ said Angela DeRocco, 28, of Tampa, who was number 1,236 in line. “I’ve seen every episode twice. I’ve even got the Donna Martin Barbie doll.’’ In a short interview, here's what Spelling

had to say to Mommas (read more in the St. Petersburg Times on Thursday morning).

What kind of advice do you have for all these moms?

Spelling: I always tell people the best advice is not to take other advice because I remember when I was pregnant, then when I had a newborn, then when I had a 1 year old, people were always trying to give advice. I feel like we’re moms, essentially we’re either going to do it right or we’re going to mess it up. And it’s a learning curve for most aspects. You’ve just to stay true to yourself and get through it. 

Do you think this book will be as successful as your first?

Spelling: I hope so. I’m really proud of this one. I think it’s a little different than the last two. This one kind of wrote itself and was about my life during the year that I wrote it. I had a real personal growth and a journey that I went on physically and emotionally and relationship wise and the book kind of wrote itself in that aspect. I think people, with this one, get to delve a little deeper into what I went through. I think readers can relate it to as women.

Do you relate to being a Hollywood mother?

Spelling: Honestly, I have met so many friends on Twitter. I relate more to women, the average woman who lives in the Midwest and she’s writing me and she’s at home trying to make it work. She’s a mompreneur and she’s starting her own business and I’m like, “Good for you.’’ And she’s talking about her problems with her husband. I relate more to that. I really don’t have any celebrity friends. It’s not my thing. I’m a total home body. I like cooking and crafting and obviously tweeting and being with my kids. I think the only difference is paparazzi sit outside my front door.

Have you been able to persuade your husband to quit dirt biking? (Her husband Dean McDermott was recently injured in an accident). 

He went from I’m never going to bike again to I’m never going to dirt bike and race again. So one day at a time. We’ll see.

~ Susan Thurston, Times mom

[Times photo: Susan Thurston]

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 1:22pm]


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