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Shop Talk Tuesday with April Henry

Today we have April Henry (aprilhenry) joining us in the beauty shop! April is the author of SHOCK POINT, a YA thriller that the ALA has chosen as a Quick Pick, and which is also a finalist for the ALA’s Top Ten Books For Teens award, woo HOO!

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

Tell us the truth—when’s the last time you’ve treated yourself to a manicure?

In 2001, I was sent on a multi-state tour for Heart-Shaped Box, one of my adult mysteries (and now the title of a book by Steven King’s son that’s doing really well, not that I’m jealous or anything.) I figured a lot of people would be looking at my hands as I signed books, so I decided to get a French manicure. It took forever and I am way too impatient. And then when she said I had to wait for like 20 minutes for it to dry, I asked if there was another option. She put my hands in this miniature wind tunnel. I was wiggling my fingers, trying to get it to go even faster, when – snick! I nicked my polish. I didn’t say a word. I wanted out of there. Too bad I’m not a nail polish kind of gal – I have very strong nails that grow long if I let them.

What hair styling product can you not live without?

I’m a sucker for products for curly hair. I have very curly fine hair. I want very curl thick hair. I imagine that if I buy just the right gel or mousse, I’ll get it.

Have you ever tried Curls Rock Curl Amplifier by Catwalk? That stuff is AWESOME!

Oops, back to the interview. How long have you been with your current stylist and what are your conversations like—chatty and personal, or quiet and professional?

I’ve had the same stylist for probably 20 years. My husband goes to him now, too. Art and I have seen each other through baby (mine), partner dying of AIDS (his), numerous vacations (both of us), and pretty much the same haircut. Art also cuts Chuck Palahniuk’s hair, so we discuss the latest Chuck gossip.

Okay, April, time for the “Hypothetical Questions of the Week:”

HQ #1: If you could hit the rewind button, which book published by another author do you wish you could have written?

I really like a couple of dark books: Garnet Hill by Denise Mina and The Cutting Room by Louise Welsh. Both of them made me jealous.

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

Ooh – I could do a lot with a $100 on ebay. All my clothes – minus panties, I’m not THAT cheap – come from ebay. I am a big ebayer. So is Amy Tan, from what I hear. So we’re practically like sisters.

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?

I would hope that I would be the really nice one, but I’m afraid I might turn into the bossy one.

HQ #4: Hollywood called—they’re making a movie based on your book. Who would make an ideal cast for your main characters?

I try not to go down this path anymore. I was sure two of my books would be made into movies – but it hasn’t happened yet. One is still under option though.

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

Stuffing Nacho Cheese Doritos into my mouth when I should be doing line edits.

HQ #6: You’ve been locked in a bank vault with that guy from The Twilight Zone, so you finally have time to read! What’s the first book you crack open?

Ooh, that’s easy – the next book I’m going to read is While I Live by John Marsden. I have a book I have to review for the Oregonian, but after I’m done with it, watch out!

The Lightening Round—no more than two words per answer!

Do you . . .
Outline or wing it?
Both.
Talk about works-in-progress, or keep your trap shut? Shouldn’t talk.
Sell by proposal or completed draft? Both.
Love to edit or cringe at the thought? Mostly cringe.
Prefer writing a new book or marketing the old? Love latest.
Write better at home or in a coffee shop? Coffee shop.
Read your released book or no thanks, I’ve read it enough? Too scared.

And finally, what’s your favorite . . .
Time to write?
Any time I have 15 minutes.
Movie? Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
Book? The Silver Crown.
Author? John Marsden.
Song? Dani California by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The words make more sense than most of their lyrics do.
Pair of shoes? OMG! A pair of distressed leather pumps with Louie heels and kind of a fetish closing made by Lisa Nading.
Guiltiest pleasure? Dark chocolate covered cashews.

Thanks for stopping by, April, and a major congrats for your Quick Picks award and for being a finalist in the ALA Top Ten Books for Teens! That’s so awesome!

And for everyone else, I’m on the prowl for some new fresh and funny “hypothetical questions of the week.” Got any? If so, send them to laura.bowers at comcast.net. I’d love to see what you came up with!

Happy Tuesday!

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