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Shop Talk Tuesday with Kelly Bingham

Today we have Kelly Bingham joining us in the beauty shop! Kelly is the author of SHARK GIRL, a young adult novel that’s written in verse. See my previous entry for the full scoop on her fantastic book!

So welcome, Kelly! Grab some coffee, get comfy in the beautician chairs, and let’s get down to the gossip.

First off, tell us the truth—when’s the last time you’ve treated yourself to a manicure?

Once, and only once, and that was last June just a few days before my wedding. I mostly keep my nails extremely short, clean, and plain. I’m a boring gal that way. I don’t like people fussing with my nails, and I feel sort of smothery when I have nail polish on. I think I used to be a guy in my previous life….

Aw, congrats on your wedding! Now, what’s the most embarrassing hairstyle you’ve ever had?

When I was 18, I got a perm. One of those really, really tight, spiraly perms. My hair pretty much fried during the process. So I had short, fat, dead, curly hair all over my head. Pretty horrible.

Yep, I had the same nightmare once. Okay, what beauty product can you not live without?

Lotion! Body and face lotion are my favorite beauty products. I’m a sucker for attractive packaging or pretty colored bottles or fun scents.

Kelly, In my novel, the ladies have fun answering the “Hypothetical Questions of the Week” from their favorite tabloid. So here’s some hypothetical questions for you:

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

Holes, by Louis Sachar, or any of the No. 1 Ladie’s Detective Agency Books, by Alexander McCall Smith.

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


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

Well, I’d buy some new cereal, because Wheaties are kind of icky. Then I have to admit, I’d spend it on something most people would find kind of odd..….yarn. Lots of fancy, pretty, expensive designer yarn. I love to crochet. So I’d buy a bundle of yarn and make myself a nice afghan.

HQ #4: 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?

Well, how about Banana? Fruit seems to becoming popular since what’s-her-name named her baby Apple. Also state names, like Dakota. So maybe something like Kumquat Idaho Bingham.

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

Unfortunately, nothing too exciting. I usually throw in the laundry before starting, make the bed, take out the trash, then linger on the porch, watching the birds and squirrels and trying to think of ways to procrastinate a little longer. Sometimes I can be found crocheting like mad, telling myself I will do “just one more row” before I start. Eventually, I get myself disciplined and sit down and get busy. (But not before checking email. I am an email junkie.)

And now . . . 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? Shut it. The more I talk about an undeveloped story, the less I need to write about it.

Love to edit or cringe at the thought? Love it.

Prefer writing a new book or marketing the old? New stuff!

Read your released book or no thank you, I’ve read it enough? Read it!

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

Time to write? Before noon

Movie? While You Were Sleeping

Book? Walk Two Moons

Author? Can’t choose just one, sorry. EB White, Natalie Babbit, Alexander McCall Smith, to name a few.

Song? “Since I Fell For You”. Or maybe, “Surrender.” (both are so over the top melodramatic, you’ve got to love it.)

Pair of shoes? Some brown leather sandals I just bought with my Mom. Pretty much anytime I buy new sandals, those are my favorite shoes.

Guiltiest pleasure? Smoothies and pizza…at the same time. So fattening.

Thanks so much, Kelly, for spending time with us in the beauty shop! Again, best of luck with SHARK GIRL, and I must say that so far, Kumquat Idaho Bingham is the most bizarre baby name answer! You’re in the lead with that one. 😉

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