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Shop Talk Tuesday with Barrie Summy!

Happy December!

Today we have Barrie Summy joining us in the beauty shop! (Don’t you just love her name?) Barry is a Class of 2k8 member and the author of I SO DON’T DO MYSTERIES, a humorous tween mystery published by Delacorte Press/Random House that will be released DECEMBER 9, 2008!


Sherry (short for Sherlock) Holmes Baldwin wants more mall time, less homework and a certain cute guy. Instead she’s recruited by her mother’s ghost to prevent a rhino heist at San Diego’s Wild Animal Park.

Meet reluctant sleuth Sherry Holmes Baldwin! I SO DON’T DO MYSTERIES is the first in a series and is available online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Chapters for Canadian orders.. The second, I SO DON’T DO SPOOKY, is scheduled for release Fall 2009.

So welcome, Barrie! Let’s get down to the gossip.

When’s the last time you treated yourself to a manicure?

Okay, do I actually have to admit this online? I have never ever had a manicure. But, as of this very moment, I’m adding it to my list of New Year’s Resolutions. You are my witness.

What’s the most regrettable hairstyle you’ve ever had?
Um, unfortunately, this is hard to narrow down. But…I went through a crazy utilitarian phase where I wanted to spend the least amount of time as possible on my hair. The result was an insanely short, ugly boy-cut.

What hair styling product can you not live without?

Hai Convertible Ceramic Flat Iron with sapphire 1 ¼” ceramic plates. Love it. Want to marry it.

What kind of hairstyle did you have in high school?

I had a variety of hairstyles. Mostly substandard. This is the best.


Here’s your Hypothetical Questions of the Week:

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?

Mildred Wirt Benson, the original Carolyn Keene. She could dash off a Nancy Drew in FOUR weeks!

HQ #2: If you could hit the rewind button, which book published by another author do you wish you could have written?

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

HQ #3: You’re a big-time celebrity who just had a baby. If you were competing for the most bizarre celebrity baby name, what would it be?


HQ #4: Paparazzi are stalking you, looking for shots of odd things authors do while writing. What do they catch you doing, hmm?

Eating candy.
Lots of it.

HQ #5: If I asked the members of your critique group who you’re most like when critiquing manuscripts, would they choose Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul or Simon Cowell?

My critique group would say I’m a delightful mixture of all three. They would add that I’m the perfect critique partner and wax poetic on how thrilled they are to have me in the group. They’d probably mention how even my first drafts are beautifully crafted and–What? My answer’s too long? What did you say? You want the names and contact info of everyone in my critique group? I’ll get back to you on that!

HQ #6: If you followed the career path you chose for yourself in high school, what would you be doing for a living now?

French teacher.
An impatient, cranky French teacher.

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

Do you . . .

Outline or wing it? Big-time outline.
Sell by proposal or completed draft? Proposal.
Love to edit or cringe at the thought? LOVE editing.

And finally, what’s your favorite . . .

Time to write? Night.
Movie? The Shawshank Redemption
Author? Margaret Atwood, Alice Munro, Anita Shreve, Carol Shields and many, many more…
Pair of shoes? Keen sandals
Guiltiest pleasure? Licorice. Pounds of it.
Line from a book? Carson Drew, Nancy’s father, says to her in The Hidden Staircase, “A good detective is always in demand.”

Thanks, Barrie, and best of luck with I SO DON’T DO MYSTERIES! Kiss little Licorice for me and look–we expect a full report on your very first manicure in 2009! 😉

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