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Shop Talk Tuesday with Chantel Simmons

Today we have Chantel Simmons joining us in the beauty shop! Chantel is the author of STUCK IN DOWNWARD DOG that was released today in the US! The tagline is: It’s not about getting the guy. It’s about getting a life, and I think that sums it up pretty well. 😉


“This is a tale of self-discovery and of friendship that will leave you wanting to both laugh and cry. It’s also a wonderful reminder that everyone is human and things around us are rarely as they seem.”The Literary Word

Welcome, Chantel! 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?

Last week. I go so often that the manicurist tells me I don’t actually need a manicure, just new polish, but when you let an expert do it, the polish always lasts so much longer than when I do it myself—especially because they force me to sit there until my fingers are dry (unlike at home, because I’m so impatient I smudge my nails five seconds after applying the polish).

What’s the most embarrassing hairstyle you’ve ever had?

A rat’s tale. Seriously, what was I thinking and why did my mother (who would never let me get a perm) let me look like a boy for a year?

YES! Our first confessed rat tail! I was so hoping for one. 😉 Now, what hair styling product can you not live without?

John Frieda UV Thermal Protection Serum. It’s a frizz-fighting dream!

Anything that fights frizz is on my shopping list! Okay, time for the “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?

Sylvia Plath. I’ve read the Bell Jar so many times that I’ve gone through three copies of it.

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

Buying fun cereal so that I don’t have to eat Wheaties anymore!

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.e. the boss, whiner, bore, paranoid-wreck, etc.?)

Yes, if only because I want to see how these shows are really made. I’d be the one not talking so that I don’t sound like an idiot on TV. I’d just write it all down, then sell the book of Behind the Scenes

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

Kate Hudson or Jennifer Garner as heroine. They’re so funny and not afraid to make fun of themselves, which is just like Mara.

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

Making myself a cup of vanilla tea and putting on lipgloss. There’s a mirror behind my computer, which really is the most annoying , and I obsess about those little lines above the lip, which distracts me from writing. It’s neurotic, I know, considering I don’t even wear much makeup usually, but somehow the lipgloss distracts me if I look up from the screen.

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

Do you . . .
Outline or wing it?
Outline! Then disregard it.
Talk about works-in-progress, or keep your trap shut? Trap shut.
Sell by proposal or completed draft? Fiction: completed; non-fiction: proposal
Love to edit or cringe at the thought? Cringe, whine…
Prefer writing a new book or marketing the old? Writing.
Write better at home or in a coffee shop? Home. Without internet.
Read your released book or no thanks, I’ve read it enough? No thank you. I don’t want to be the one finding a mistake!

And finally, what’s your favorite . . .
Time to write?
Late at night.
Movie? Can’t Buy Me Love
Book? Good Grief.
Author? Lolly Winston
Song? Copacabana.
Pair of shoes? Golf shoes
Guiltiest pleasure? Starbucks chai latte.
Line from a movie? “What’s his name – Biff? Don’t give me that. His name happens to be Brent.” – Can’t Buy Me Love. I always loved this scene, and then I met my husband to be, and his name was Brent. I’d never met another Brent. It was love at first name.

Aw, that’s so sweet! Thanks so much for stopping by, Chantel, and I hope you treat yourself to a whopping big Starbucks chai latte to celebrate today’s release of STUCK IN DOWNWARD DOG!

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