Former Sunrise star Nelson Aspen’s new book storms to the top of Amazon charts

Former Sunrise reporter Nelson Aspen’s career move has paid off, with his new book topping the Amazon sales charts.

The long-time US-based entertainment reporter, 59, revealed to Daily Mail Australia that his book, titled Your Home is Your Castle: Live Like an A-Lister in a Post Pandemic World, is the #1 new release in Home Design Remodeling. and Renovation on Amazon.

Aspen said he’s thrilled with the ‘special’ news, adding that the moment is as ‘thrilling as an Oscars Red Carpet’ after he only recently departed his 20 year tenure at Sunrise as their Showbiz Editor.

Sunrise's 'man in Hollywood' Nelson Aspen (pictured on the Oscars red carpet) says his career move has paid off, after his book reached #1 on the Amazon charts.

Sunrise’s ‘man in Hollywood’ Nelson Aspen (pictured on the Oscars red carpet) says his career move has paid off, after his book reached #1 on the Amazon charts.

‘I will be officially launching the book in NYC with a tandem cabaret show called, Welcome Home,’ he told Daily Mail Australia.

Aspen’s book release comes after he threw open the doors of his jaw-dropping penthouse in New York City, after spending the last two years building his dream home in the heart of Harlem.

The reporter started from a blank canvas with no walls, windows or wiring after buying off the plan in 2020.

He and his partner, with the help of a developer, architect and designer, embarked on an ambitious construction beset by Covid-related delays – but are now ready to unveil the sprawling one-bedroom apartment they built from scratch.

The long-time US-based entertainment reporter revealed that his book, titled Your Home is Your Castle: Live Like an A-Lister in a Post Pandemic World, is the #1 new release in Home Design Remodeling and Renovation on Amazon.

The long-time US-based entertainment reporter revealed that his book, titled Your Home is Your Castle: Live Like an A-Lister in a Post Pandemic World, is the #1 new release in Home Design Remodeling and Renovation on Amazon.

‘My partner and I have been together since 2014 and decided it was time to sell our individual apartments and create a dream home to share together,’ Aspen said.

‘Even though we were working with a broker, I credit insomnia and a 4am scroll through Instagram for finding our posh penthouse!

‘There was an advertisement for a brand-new construction and I was intrigued with the idea of ​​creating a bespoke love nest completely from scratch. That’s just what we have done.’

The veteran journalist was dealing with a full-scale construction and not simply a renovation, which required a hands-on approach and expert assistance.

He and his partner, with the help of a developer, architect and designer, embarked on an ambitious construction beset by Covid-related delays - but are now ready to unveil the sprawling one-bedroom apartment they built from scratch.  (Pictured: the living area)

He and his partner, with the help of a developer, architect and designer, embarked on an ambitious construction beset by Covid-related delays – but are now ready to unveil the sprawling one-bedroom apartment they built from scratch. (Pictured: the living area)

'We donned our hard hats with the developer, architect and our designer and customized what would have been a three-bedroom home into a unique, sprawling one-bedroom. [apartment] with a home-office, den and dining alcove,' said Aspen.  (Pictured: the bedroom)

‘We donned our hard hats with the developer, architect and our designer and customized what would have been a three-bedroom home into a unique, sprawling one-bedroom. [apartment] with a home-office, den and dining alcove,’ said Aspen. (Pictured: the bedroom)

‘There was an advertisement for brand-new construction and I was intrigued with the idea of ​​creating a bespoke love nest completely from scratch. That’s just what we have done,’ he said. (Pictured: the bathroom and laundry area)

The Covid pandemic hit New York City particularly hard, and resulted in myriad problems for Aspen, including a total shut-down of all new construction, but it was all worth it in the end

The Covid pandemic hit New York City particularly hard, and resulted in myriad problems for Aspen, including a total shut-down of all new construction, but it was all worth it in the end

‘We started literally with some floor plans and a blank canvas: no walls or windows or wiring,’ he explained to Daily Mail Australia.

‘We donned our hard hats with the developer, architect and our designer and customized what would have been a three-bedroom home into a unique, sprawling one-bedroom. [apartment] with a home-office, den and dining alcove.

‘It’s everything we’ve ever wanted.’

‘In my new book, I advise strongly to create a curated style, whether you’re moving to a new home or revamping your existing one,’ he added.

In addition to releasing his book 'Your Home Is Your Castle' (cover pictured), Aspen will soon embark on a companion cabaret show, called 'Welcome Home'.

In addition to releasing his book ‘Your Home Is Your Castle’ (cover pictured), Aspen will soon embark on a companion cabaret show, called ‘Welcome Home’.

Aspen who has fond memories of living in the city in the 1980s.  So it was a no-brainer for someone looking to build in NYC (Pictured: the apartment complex)

Aspen who has fond memories of living in the city in the 1980s. So it was a no-brainer for someone looking to build in NYC (Pictured: the apartment complex)

Harlem is an interesting choice of neighborhood for someone looking to build in NYC, but it was a no-brainer for Aspen who has fond memories of living in the city in the 1980s.

Aspen first arrived in New York at the age of 17, and jokes that he moved ‘kicking and screaming’ across the country to Los Angeles when his career as an entertainment reporter took off.

He began to think seriously about returning to the Big Apple when the death of Australian actor Heath Ledger brought him back there 14 years ago.

‘When I came to NYC in 2008 to cover the death of Heath Ledger for Sunrise, it became clear to me that it was where I was meant to be,’ he said.

Aspen, who resigned this month after 19 years as showbusiness correspondent for Australia's No. 1 breakfast show, started from a blank canvas with no walls, windows or wiring after buying off the plan in 2020. (Pictured with interior designer Rebecca Roberts)

Aspen, who resigned this month after 19 years as showbusiness correspondent for Australia’s No. 1 breakfast show, started from a blank canvas with no walls, windows or wiring after buying off the plan in 2020. (Pictured with interior designer Rebecca Roberts)

In June, Aspen resigned on-air to the shock of his co-hosts and viewers.

He told New Idea in August that he felt ‘burned out’ after struggling to maintain his workload from home during Covid lockdowns.

‘I had worked over 100 consecutive weeks without a break [because] Covid circumstances had basically turned all my work into remote/at-home broadcasting through my phone and Zoom,’ he explained.

Nelson quit while delivering his morning showbusiness news bulletin live from New York City.

'Our taste is wide ranging and eclectic, ranging from impressionist paintings to modern photography and steel sculpture,' said Aspen.  'In my new book, I advise strongly to create a curated style, whether you're moving to a new home or revamping your existing one'

‘Our taste is wide ranging and eclectic, ranging from impressionist paintings to modern photography and steel sculpture,’ said Aspen. ‘In my new book, I advise strongly to create a curated style, whether you’re moving to a new home or revamping your existing one’

‘After 19 and a half years with Sunrise, I am giving you my two weeks’ notice,’ he told co-hosts Natalie Barr and Michael Usher, who seemed surprised by the news.

He went on to say: ‘I am going to go and finish up my new book. [Your Home Is Your Castle]… and I’ll be doing a book tour, a Q&A show that will include Australian cities.’

His last day was July 15.

Aspen has been a fixture of Sunrise for almost 20 years, reporting to a series of hosts including Barr, Samantha Armytage and Melissa Doyle.

He was based in Los Angeles when he first joined the team, and remained Sunrise’s ‘man in Hollywood’ even after moving to New York City.

Aspen (pictured during one of his first appearances on Australian TV) is leaving Sunrise to finish his new book, Your Home Is Your Castle.  His last day was July 15

Aspen (pictured during one of his first appearances on Australian TV) is leaving Sunrise to finish his new book, Your Home Is Your Castle. His last day was July 15

Throughout his career, Aspen has interviewed the likes of Julie Andrews, Harrison Ford and Rose Byrne, and has covered all the major awards for Sunrise, including the Oscars.

Throughout his career, Aspen has interviewed the likes of Julie Andrews, Harrison Ford and Rose Byrne, and has covered all the major awards for Sunrise, including the Oscars.

Aspen marked 15 years on Sunrise back in 2018, saying he was grateful for ‘having the opportunity to interview so many stars’.

‘Just having the experience of being a part of the Sunrise family and coming to Australia and meeting you guys and the fans… these are opportunities that are extraordinary,’ he added.

He was recently presented with the International Media Journalist of the Year award by the Publicists Guild of America in 2020, by none other than Jennifer Aniston.

Throughout his career, Aspen has interviewed the likes of Julie Andrews, Harrison Ford and Rose Byrne, and has covered all the major awards for Sunrise, including the Oscars and Golden Globes.

Aspen was recently presented with the International Media Journalist of the Year award by the Publicists Guild of America in 2020, by none other than Jennifer Aniston (right).

Aspen was recently presented with the International Media Journalist of the Year award by the Publicists Guild of America in 2020, by none other than Jennifer Aniston (right).

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