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Shop Talk Tuesday with Robin Friedman

Today we have author and journalist Robin Friedman joining us in the beauty shop! Robin is the author of the recently released young adult novel, THE GIRLFRIEND PROJECT.


“Friedman’s effort is packed with laughs and dang-I-pity-the-fool embarrassing scenes… Recommended for teenage girls of almost all ages, this title is a feel-good story for those who are hoping to find their true love.”—Voice of Youth Advocates

Welcome, Robin! Grab some coffee, get comfy in the beautician’s chair, and let’s get down to the gossip.

First off, what’s the most embarrassing hairstyle you’ve ever had?

Well, being a Jersey Girl, that’s an easy one. The most embarrassing – but required – hairstyle I’ve ever had was Big Hair. But I’m very proud of being a part of this tacky 1980s trend. I was there!

I was right there with you, babe! What beauty product can you not live without?

Lip balm. There isn’t enough humidity in New Jersey. Recently, I came across a chocolate-flavored one. Yum!

Okay, Robin, here’s some “Hypothetical Questions of the Week” for you:

HQ #1: For one day, time travel is a reality and you have the opportunity to visit any famous deceased author you want. Who do you pick?

William Shakespeare. That guy was PROLIFIC. And versatile. And brilliant, of course.

HQ #2: You magically find a $100.00 bill in your box of cereal. In what frivolous way would you spend it?

Probably on junk food…chocolate-frosted doughnuts and ruffled potato chips and onion dip and frozen pies and all those Entenmann’s products I always eye at the end of the aisle but can’t bring myself to purchase.

HQ #3: Your agent just called. TV execs are offering you a spot on a new reality show for writers. Do you say yes? If so, how would you be portrayed?

The recovering control freak who’s now working on being a letting-it-all-go Zen master.

HQ #4: If Hollywood bought movie rights of your book, which actors or actresses would make an ideal cast for your main characters?

For my main character, Reed Walton, I choose a young Mark Hamill (who played Luke Skywalker in the original Star Wars trilogy). I’ve had a crush on him since I was 14.

HQ #5: Paparazzi are stalking you, looking for shots of odd things authors do while writing. What do they catch you doing, hmm?

Getting out of my chair and lying on the carpet when I get tired. Sometimes I stare at the ceiling. Sometimes I close my eyes. Sometimes my cats sit on top of me, in which case I have to stay there longer than I planned.

The Lightening Round . . . no more than two words per answer!
Do you . . .
Outline or wing it?
Wing it.
Talk about works-in-progress, or keep your trap shut? Trap shut.
Love to edit or cringe at the thought? My favorite part.
Prefer writing a new book or marketing the old? Love both!
Read your released book or no thanks, I’ve read it enough? I read the galley. Years later I’ll read the book.

And finally, what’s your favorite . . .
Time to write?
Early morning.
Movie? Gone with the Wind.
Guiltiest pleasure? Late-night munching.

Awesome, thanks so much for stopping by, Robin, and congratulations on your recent release!

And if anyone wants a good laugh, check out Robin’s THE GIRLFRIEND PROJECT website that has bunch of hilarious dating disaster stories from several young adult novelists. Most click-worthy!

Have a great one!

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