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Shop Talk Tuesday with Barry Lyga

Today we have Barry Lyga, author of Fanboy and Goth Girl, joining us in the beauty shop!

Here’s what Gillian Engberg from booklist had to say about his book:

“…sharply authentic….Fanboy’s whip-smart, often hilariously sarcastic voice skillfully captures a teenager’s growing self-awareness, and adds fresh, urgent perspective to age-old questions about how young people cope with bullying and their own feelings of helplessness, rage, and being misunderstood as they try to discover themselves.”

For more dirt on Fanboy and Goth Girl, check out Barry’s super-cool website. Until then . . . Welcome, Barry! Grab some coffee, get comfy in the beautician’s chair, and let’s get down to the gossip.

First off, tell us the truth-have you ever had a manicure?

Right before I went on my first tour, back in October. I realized that I was going to be signing a lot of books and a lot of people would see my hands close-up. I bite my nails, so I figured I’d better get a manicure (emphasis on the “man,” baby!) so that my hands didn’t gross people out.

MAN-icure, too funny! Okay then, what’s the most embarrassing hairstyle you’ve ever had?

I had really long hair in college. But it was the nineties! Everyone was doing it!

Ever had a major hair disaster? If so, what was done to correct it?

Good Lord – I’m a thirty-five year-old male with thinning hair. EVERY DAY is a hair disaster for me!

No worries, Barry, my husband is bald and I think he’s very sexy! Now, in my novel, the ladies love to answer the “Hypothetical Questions of the Week” from their favorite tabloid. So here are some hypothetical questions for you:

HQ #1: Which book published by another author do you wish you could have written?

Probably The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, by Michael Chabon. Damn, that’s an incredible book! At the time I was reading it, I described it as “wrist-slitting good.” Meaning, “I may as well slit my wrists right now because I’ll never write a book as good as this one.”

HQ #2: Which movie screenplay do you wish you could have written?

White Hunter, Black Heart

HQ #3: You magically find a $100.00 bill in your box of Wheaties. In what frivolous way would you spend it?

Umm, to buy more Wheaties?

(Dude . . . Wheaties? Oh, to try for more $100.00’s? Sorry, I won’t interrupt anymore.)

HQ #4: 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.e. the boss, whiner, bore, paranoid-wreck, etc.?)

Uh, no. I hate the way I come across on film and that goes double for moving film. No way, no how do I go on a TV reality show.

HQ #5: You’re a big time celebrity who just had a baby. (Congratulations.) If you were competing with other celebrities for the most bizarre baby name, what would it be?

Poe. Poe Milton Lyga.

And now . . . the Lightening Round. No more than two words per answer!

Do you . . .
Outline or wing it?
Outline (much to my chagrin, sometimes)

Talk about works-in-progress, or keep your trap shut? Shut up!

Sell by proposal or completed draft? Completed draft.

Love to edit or cringe at the thought? Cringe.

Prefer writing a new book or marketing the old? Toss up.

Read your released book or no thanks, I’ve read it enough? Not usually.

And finally, because I’m nosy-what’s your favorite . . .

Time to write? Morning.

Movie? White Hunter, Black Heart

Book? ‘Salem’s Lot

Author? If Bruce Springsteen can count as an author, then him. Otherwise, probably Poe.

Song? New York City Serenade

Pair of shoes? You’re kidding, right?

Guiltiest pleasure? Scrubs.

Line from a movie? “Wake me up if we crash into the mountain. I wouldn’t want to miss that.”

Thanks for spending time with us in the beauty shop, Barry! Kiss little Poe Milton for us and enjoy those many boxes of Wheaties. 😉

And for everyone else, be on the lookout for Barry’s second book, BOY TOY. Just like FANBOY AND GOTH GIRL, this novel takes place in Brookdale and South Brook High school and is set for a September, 2007 release! Congrats, Barry!

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  • Robin Brande March 27, 2007, 1:42 pm

    Laura, I’m so glad you outed him on the manicure. I consider myself one of his closest friends, and yet this was hidden from me.

    You’re good.

  • Laura Bowers April 26, 2007, 10:14 am

    Hehehe, that was a proud moment for me! To bad I didn’t think of asking about any possible waxing. 😉

    Sorry for the late response! Your message was buried in over 300 spams that were about . . . well, let’s just say they were interesting. And congratulations on the prepub tour for your book! I saw your write-up in the Children’s Bookshelf and I can’t wait to read Evolution, Me, and Other Freaks of Nature!!

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